Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Photography in Frankston

After my pilgrimage to the Albert Park circuit was complete, I arrived at the Spencer Street railway station. This is a fancy looking railway station, designed in the way most modern transport hubs are designed: very high ceiling, huge glass walls made of glass panels mounted to stainless steel struts, wavy roofline… the usual indicators.

Think KLIA, Chek Lap Kok airport or KL Sentral LRT station. That sort of thing.

I found out that the train to Frankston does not stop at Spencer Street Station. Terminus as large as an airport (not exactly, but the huge spaces gave that impression), and some trains don’t stop here. So I took a train to Melbourne Central, and was just in time to hop onto the Frankston-bound train right on the next platform. How convenient.

I was going to Frankston with the intention of taking a lot of photographs, and hoping that a decent proportion of them are good. Going on Sunday is much cheaper as the Sunday Saver ticket costs only $2.50 unlimited trips as opposed to $12.50. Frankston is a town far in the outskirts of Melbourne, being the last stop of the line, and taking an hour to arrive.

I had checked the sunset time beforehand, and at 7.28pm, the sun showed neither sign nor intention of setting. I must have remembered the wrong hour, so I hung around the beach for an hour.

There was a very strong breeze, and birds (I’ll refer to them as gulls regardless of accuracy) occasionally matched the speed of the wind and stayed at a stationary point in space. Of course, from the gull’s point of view, it was flying through the air, and the ground was moving through the air at the same speed as it was. Regardless, the relative velocity between the gull and myself was close to zero, and some of them hovered quite close to the ground. Made snapping pictures very easy.

After sunset at 8.28pm, I took the 8.40 train to Melbourne Central, arriving at 9.40. I arrived home at 10. 7 hours spent travelling, walking and taking photos.







An Ordinary Day at the Beach

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Grass by the Sea

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Leaf on a Grassy Sand Dune

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Reflection

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Golden Grains

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Fuzzy Seeds

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Sky I

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Gull I

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Gull II

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Gull III

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The Couple

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Sky II

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Sunset at the Beach

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8 Comments:

Blogger plink said...

Sky I and II are nice....

11:11 pm, November 29, 2005  
Blogger Dr. Tan said...

Terrorness... Would be better if you had the C-740. Hints of digital enlargement on the second gull?

11:52 pm, November 29, 2005  
Anonymous yvy said...

yee wei...you took my breath away with those sky shots. for a brief moment there, i really hope heaven will be JUST like that. it's simply MAGNIFICENT!!!! can i take these shots??? promise u, credit will be given!!! i cannot tahan.....SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

*now i know how icky my sky shots are. sigh.*

10:07 am, November 30, 2005  
Blogger sonia said...

Sky I, The Couple, Sky II, Sunset at Beach are very nice! =) I kinda like the "reflection" pic as well, especially the colour of that reflection. =)

2:29 pm, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

plink:
Thank you thank you :)

Yee Hou:
Ya, that C-740 might be helpful. But then at long telephoto the effective aperture is smaller so need longer shutter. Might mess up also.

No, no digital zoom nor enlargement nor cropping. The gull was really that low.

Yvy:
Haha, can can.

No la, your skies are not icky. Sometimes if the sky might not be in a cooperative mood, there's nothing one can do.

Sonia:
tqtq :)

2:56 pm, November 30, 2005  
Anonymous pamela said...

love love love the pictures..!!!! :) very very nice

11:23 pm, November 30, 2005  
Blogger kruy® said...

lovely pics. my fav is the Leaf on a Grassy Sand Dune :)

11:31 pm, November 30, 2005  
Anonymous flea said...

Gorgeous pix yeewei! Esp like the reflection one. Kinda looks like hands reaching out to the sky, imploring to the gods.
Guess you must be enjoying the lull btw end of exams and graduation. And I hope you ate all the ice-cream too cos those just looked too good to waste!!
(:

10:06 am, December 02, 2005  

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