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davidgray Photography
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Photographer, crafter of the world around me.
Photographer, crafter of the world around me.

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Another shot from White Night, this one was taken in the grounds at RMIT. I was strolling past when I recognised someone from the Melbourne photowalk group. Figuring she would know some good spots to shoot, I headed in that general direction and came across a bunch of neat abstract patterns. Next time I'm down that way I might explore further, as there were a number of turns and stairs that I didn't go down.

I've got a few non-abstract shots sitting in my "Quick Collection" in Lightroom. Once I get them tidied up, I'll post those too. They're almost ready to go, except for some muddying caused by people walking past during my HDR bracketing.
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Here's a short video from White Night. It shows the Royal Exhibition Building with the amazing projection on the side.

This projection spanned the entire length of the building and played off features of the building (for example, the arch of skulls curved around the actual arch of the building) which added to the illusion.

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On Saturday I travelled down to Melbourne to experience my fourth White Night. As with the previous three, I stayed up all night and caught the first train home. It was a really good night with some amazing things going on.

I wandered further north than I had in previous years, as there was a lot of things happening in Royal Exhibition gardens, including an amazing video projection that ran the whole length of the Exhibition building, and the "Pyrophone", a large structure with organ-like pipes that was bigger than a decent sized children's playground.

The pyrophone was was incredible, because as the performers played on the various instruments located on the structure, such as bells and long tubes, flames would come out of the pipes, culminating in a big burst of flame at the end of the performances that literally warmed the whole crowd. It was incredible!

I used the evening to explore some areas I had wanted to, but never got the chance to, including some of the "inner parts" of RMIT grounds, and areas to the east of Federation Square. I even got to take a ride with Hisense Arena security through the grounds after helping a guy get his drunk girlfriend to a taxi.

This shot was taken in Campbell Arcade, which sits underneath Flinders Street. They had a set of different coloured "infinite mirrors" set up, and the optical illusion made for a great shot.
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A few weeks ago Holly and I went to Melbourne for the day. Before we had dinner, I took a stroll up Hosier Lane and took in the always-amazing street art that lined the walls. This one stood out to me because of the rich, deep purples.

I might try and make a trip to Melbourne a semi-regular thing, because I always get pleasing results from walking around there.
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Two weeks ago Holly and I went down to the city for the day. I took my camera, but left my CF and SD cards at home. Whoops! So I bought a cheap card and was back in business. We stayed for dinner, and as we were heading towards the train station, I had to stop and shoot this building from the very base.


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On Tuesday Holly and I had a lovely "weekend" away in Melbourne and Ballarat. Asides from being a nice time away with great weather, it was the perfect opportunity to grab some photos to make up for a quiet 2016.

After we returned from dinner in Melbourne, I went out for a stroll to take some shots. Along the way I found this structure, which I've photographed before, but this time around it was lit up from within by a lovely magenta light.

I've got other shots in the works, so keep an eye out for them too!
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Moar photos! 2017 is off to a great start!

This shot was taken at Walhalla during a family dinner. The weather was nice and there was a nice colour in the sky.

In the next few days I plan to head to Melbourne and likely stay the night, so expect a number of abstract and graffiti shots to show up.
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What a year 2016 has been!

First of all, soz not soz for the lack of uploads to this page. Those of you in the know, know that I experienced creative burnout from doing the 2015 365 challenge and felt little to no desire to pick up a camera. I used that burnout to create Auroras.live, which will be celebrating its 1st birthday next month. That project alone has chewed up a fair whack of time, as I wrote the watch app, mobile apps, developer documentation, the Raspberry Pi software for weather cameras, the general websites, plus handled marketing, branding and social media on my own. That's why I'm "sorry not sorry" about the quietness around here.

I'm hoping to get back into photography next year, and plan to spend some more days in Melbourne, just wandering around and shooting the random abstract architecture and grafitti I find. Those pieces I love the most, as it's like watching a square peg go into a square hole with just the right amount of coercion. If you've ever looked up "Most satisfying videos" on YouTube, you'll know what I mean.

So for now, enjoy this. It's a halftone image of something. I don't remember what, but I found it during my last trip to Melbourne.
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Tomorrow I'm dropping off my entry for the Tyers Art Show. This is the fifth year I've entered, and each year I'm always amazed at the range of art on display. It should be a great show this year as well.

My entry is a silhouette shot of the S.S. Speke. I submitted this photo as part of last year's 365 challenge and thought it'd make for a good panoramic canvas.

If you're in the area, stop by the art show next weekend, November 11-13th at the Tyers hall and support some local artists!
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Tonight I went out for a drive. Partially because there was aurora activity predicted, but mostly just for a drive.

I didn't catch much (came home after 3 shots. It was so bright outside, I only needed an exposure of 10 seconds, instead of the usual 30+), but a few weekends ago I went for a similar drive during the new moon. I missed the main show, but got some good shots at the Kilcunda trestle bridge.

On a side note, if you haven't already, download my app, Auroras.live. Just head to your app store and search for it. It's so good, you could get banned for mentioning it!™
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