"Beautiful Melbourne" Image by Peter Michael - Managing Director

Nikon D700 with Nikon 14-24/2.8 

5 Images Processed using Photomatix Pro

This shot was taken during ‘Melbourne Open House’ in 2013. I was on the Melbourne Town Hall tour. The shot was taken from the level 2 portico looking towards Collins and Swanston Street. It is an HDR composition, meaning that I took 5 shots in very quick succession, the exposure on each was 1 stop apart. I subsequently merged them into a HDR (High Dynamic Range) image using HDR software called Photomatix. 

The beauty of using this technique is that you can add depth richness to your colours and assists with extreme highlights (possibly blowing out or appearing to be white - without any detail) or losing details from the shadows, like beneath the store verandah.

As so often happens, when I took the shot, I didn’t realise the interesting nuances :

1. It had been raining and the sun had come out, which gives life to the road via the reflections

2. The shadow of the Manchester Unity Building on the Wales  Corner building adds another point of interest

3. The iconic Melbourne trams

4. The people

Many would comment that I should have waited until the tram travelling up Collins Street towards Spring street had advanced a little further to be more prominent, however, to be brutally honest, I was on the portico for a short time only and simply took some shots in that direction.


When I "stumble" on a "winner" new image, I find that it can quickly become my new favourite photo. I look at it, I leave the screen, look at the image again ... it gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

It is a similar feeling in a way, to buying something new .. often called getting a "new toy" ... you can't resist looking at it, playing with it, but alas, the novelty wears off over time. This happens when you get a new car, a new dog, a new cooking appliance, a new camera, a new lens etc. A photo is a little different though - you actually created it, you can display on a computer or tablet or print it (or both), you can print it and look at it and show it. Each time I look at my photos hung on the walls of our house it instantly reminds me of the circumstances or situation around the image...wonderful reminiscing!

I took this image 7 years ago in 2013, printed it, and have had it on display at work. Every time I pass it, it gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

In my view, taking the shots is half the fun, getting home, checking what I've captured and "playing" with them is the other half of the fun. I got home from Melbourne Open House and processed the shots that I'd taken in succession - the HDR shots. This can be a lengthy process as it takes some time to process the images. 

When this image came up on the screen I instantly knew that I had a new favourite!                                                                

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