Saturday Drive in Pictures

You know that it’s going to be a good day in pictures when early on in the drive you spy a woman with a skeleton print dress and green fingernails.

Petersham skull lady

55-250mm lens at 135mm, f/5 for 1/1600 sec, ISO 2000, cropped subsequently

To be honest, I had no idea what was on her dress at the time. I was in the car and shooting from quite a distance. It was only later when I downloaded the pictures and zoomed it up that I spotted the print and green fingernails. That’s why the print is a little grainy; too much zooming.

A little further down the road, there were lots of pedestrians. The lady sitting in this picture I often see. I think she sits and paints on the footpath; I’m guessing she sells the paintings to passerbys. I really don’t know, I see her only quickly from the car.

Enmore Road Enmore

55-250mm lens at 194mm, f/5.6 for 1/2000 sec ISO 1250. Changed to Black and White post production. Enmore Road, Sydney

Meanwhile, people are gathering for the Dresden Dolls concert at Enmore Theatre. I have no idea whether people normally wear unusual fashions to Dresdon Dolls concerts or whether this person dresses like this everyday:

Enmore theatre Dresden Dolls

Towards the end of Newtown, I took this shot which Andrew describes as ‘the yellow man.’ It’s interesting how much I like this shot for the lines in the background and I very much do like the sepia tone I’ve put in post production. Andrew on the otherhand considers this one of the lesser shots of the day. Each to their own.


55-250mm lens at 250mm, f/5.6 for 1/2000 sec, ISO 1600. Sepia added post production

In Cleveland street, I saw this guy having a smoke before taking out the trash. It was shot through the windscreen of the car which often results in a ‘milky’ finish. In this case, I really like the greyed out tones, so I kept it.

Cleveland St Sydney

55-250mm lens at 250mm, f/5.6 for 1/1600 sec, ISO 2500

Still in Cleveland street I was trying to take a picture of a sandstone building while Andrew was stopped at a red light. Then I heard guys saying something about taking photos and I turned to see two guys stopped next to us. I said, ‘I’m taking photos of that building’, pointing. I had no idea what they were saying yet I felt like I was being heckled.

Andrew said:

Quick, take their picture!

I lifted the camera, they immediately cracked a smile and I knew it was ok. I snapped the shot and we drove off.

55-250mm lens at 55mm, f/10 for 1/640 sec, ISO 1600. Cropped post production

Finally just a few streets from Andrew’s place, we spotted a queue of mounted police. I never knew that the mounted police headquarters were in that street and can only presume that were going out for the Sydney Festival. The horses were huge and magnificent. It was a good end to the drive.

Sydney Mounted Police

55-250mm lens at 55mm, f/4 for 1/640 sec, ISO 250. Black & White post production

Sydney Mounted Police II

55-250mm lens at 100mm, f/5 for 1/1000 sec, ISO 125


Posted on January 8, 2012, in Life, Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love photos that cause me to break into a smile without me making any conscious effort to do so. Do you get what I mean?

    Anyway, your photos of the cheeky chaps in their car was the one that triggered that “feel good smile”.

    So, thank you for triggering that lovely feeling on this grey, wet, rainy day in the Dandenongs!

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