What to do on a miserable day?

Light and Dark

The more I learn the more I am getting better at previsualising my photos before I take them. This shot was taken on an overcast drab looking day here in Canberra and I always knew that this was going to be a black and white image with a slow shutter speed to try and capture the movement in the clouds.

The hardest thing about taking this image apart from the torrid wind and the threat of rain was that it is Reconciliation Place in Canberra and during lunch time (when the shot was taken) Public Servants and tourists make there way down this alley as a natural progression from Parliament House (Pictured top of image) to Lake Burley Griffin right behind me. I love the interesting shades and textures of this little structure and many a wedding photo has been taken at this location during summer and spring.

Back at work now and I must say that I would rather be at home playing with little Mia, but I guess the bills have to be paid somehow.



~ by michaelolive on February 9, 2010.

17 Responses to “What to do on a miserable day?”

  1. nice contrast, i can never get it right with the b&w shots.

    the ‘previsualising’ seems to be working rather well for you

    glad to hear mia is doing well 🙂

  2. just got your update come through.. only 7 hours late lol
    great leading lines in this shot

  3. Very nice Michael. Good job on pre-visulaising the shot and executing it.

  4. One of the nicest shots of seen of this place

  5. Awesome work Mike, great execution, love it.
    Hope Mia is sleeping through the night for you guys.

    • Thanks Tom.
      Mia is sleeping about 3 hours at a time on average so we are both pretty tired but it was expected. Can’t really complain at the moment though, she is pretty good (fingers crossed it continues).


  6. Loved the speeding cloud above.

  7. Cool persperctive michael.
    Like the B&W treatment and editing

  8. thanks for your comment michael 🙂 was awesome to hear from you
    hope all is well with your family & little bubba! .. must update us with some photos soon yes?

  9. Hi Michael, I’ve been browsing images and stumbled across your blog. Love your photographic style. I’m a graphic/web designer and seeking permission to use a small horizontal strip of your photograph elabana falls as a partial background for on a website I’m designing for a widl life artist. It would have the colour desaturated to greys. I wish to do the ethical thing, would you please let me know if this is possible.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Cheers………………….gavin dufton

  10. love it mate

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