I like this one.  How many of these am I breaking?


This type of light produces less contrast, reducing the chances of strong shadows or blown-out highlights. I like the warm glow as it adds a pleasing feel to the scenes and I find that the long shadows help to pick out details which of course adds texture and depth to the images.

But the really big benefit is that there are usually few people or vehicles around at dawn (usually 1 hour before sunrise), and so when taking photos of structures, there tends to be a far better chance of gaining complete access to the subject.

Enjoy the dawns early light! These were from last October and November.


All the night-time photos of the blue-lit Cathedral are now fixed to reflect a closer representation to the real colours. It’s definitely the case that this colour presents a special challenge when taking night-time photography.

The difficulty comes where one is very close to the Cathedral and the Camera’s sensor is over-burdened with all the blue light in a larger portion of the image.

When photos are taken from far away, naturally this isn’t a problem.

So the solution is to evaluate each image in Lightroom (or Photoshop) and then looking solely at the blue colour, drop both the saturation and luminance values for blue until the desired colour is achieved – its more of an art than a science.

Its always good to do this very soon after taking the photos, because the exact colour is clear in ones mind. Of late for example, the blue lights at the Cathedral have been turned off in the night-time

For the APS-C Image Sensor in the camera, I suppose its a bit like this Seinfeld episode, which always was a favourite  🙂


So there I was returning from Melbourne after yesterdays photo shoot (Galleries > Melbourne), confident I had a few “gooders” in there to test out as HDR’s in Lightroom.  Arrived 10 minutes outside of Bendigo at 5:50 PM, at the rest stop where they are building the new Caltex Station, and saw the setting sun.

Another 10 minutes and I would make it not only back to Bendigo, but just in time for the evening’s Cert IV in TAE Class. 6 PM start.

In that instant I thought “TAE Class or Setting Sun? TAE Class or Setting Sun?”

Obviously from this photo you can tell which won out 🙂

Besides which the back-logged TAE assignments are nothing that a few well timed all-nighters won’t remedy.

Odd that the Cert IV in TAE is also known as the “TAE 410”, because sychronistically this is the 410th photo to be added to “Bendigo Scenic” so far on the way to the planned 1000 photos.

They always say, ‘take some time to smell the roses’, and so I did, but while awaiting for the sun to be in just the right position, I thought of the ELO Song below. Very appropriate given the circumstances of these past number of years!

Enjoy the song and last evenings glorious Sunset.


Turned out to be an excellent day, and I’m very much satisfied with the results. Quite enjoyed capturing Flinders Street Station and particularly St. Pauls Cathedral. First time I have been inside there, and its quite magnificent.

Have a visit:

http://sjphoto.leansixsigmadesigns.com.au/melbourne/



Slowly getting there, just missing the stars now.


Same photo of the Alexandra Fountain, but rendered with 20 different presets in Adobe Lightroom 5.5

A good way to do a visual comparison on here full screen as the first 20 slides in the current slide show.

So quick to watermark, embed copyright info, compress the images down to 1920 x 1080, pump them over to the server in Dallas, Texas and then prepare this blog post.

Those Photoshop Scripts I wrote last week are standing up well.

Total time taken:  18 minutes.


This was an amazing moment.  Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2014.

Must make some Christmas cards out of this one at my shop for this year.


These beautiful facades are usually pretty hard to photograph, so it was best to try to do the best before the leaves turned this year.  They’ve come up nicely in Lightroom.