It’s been a couple of weeks since Melbourne has had a decent sunset worth photographing, but last night made up for it. Images made with a Canon DSLR on Aperture Priority and Manual Mode AND my Sony a6000 ‘mirrorless’ on the Intelligent Auto setting (which captures superb colour).
At 5.22pm not much sign of the colour to come – only heavy black storm clouds with a ‘hole’ in the sky.
The colour started at about 5.35pm and ended at 6.11pm.
Melbourne was blessed with a gorgeous sunset last night and I only wish I was down the beach or somewhere with a clear view of the sky. But the reality is there’s only so much one can capture by standing on my apartment balcony and looking up the short steep hill towards the main road to the west. Not having a car means I always prefer to be home by dark at my age & health situation.
I couldn’t decide on the best shot to show off the sky colour last week, so you get a selection.
Not much of a sunset – just some ‘dirty’ clouds at Dusk.
Hey……..Melbourne can’t produce a sunset every night of the year.
Note for those following my Nature Blog. That tree on the right hand side of the frame has been cut down by the Developers in preparation for construction of the new Apartment Block opposite my balcony. It’s just an ugly stump at the moment.
Autumn in Melbourne, Australia, is usually the time when we get magnificent (or at least better-than-usual) sunsets.
Not a lot so far, but even a small one is a welcome sight, especially if it has rained and/or been overcast during the day.
If you have the time, (and interest), take a few minutes to quickly scroll back through past posts on this blog. Since it’s mainly an image blog…….. with few words, you can quickly get an overall picture of how spectacular the sky is over Melbourne. I’ve changed the settings to show 50 posts continuously, so you don’t have to waste time clicking on the words ‘previous post’. Just click on the Header name first to show them in one continuous line.
I have to apologise for the lousy compositions in this post, but since this blog is about the sky, not the landscape, I’m sure you will excuse me. I nearly missed the sunset last night as I had the block-out blinds down early due to the heavily overcast sky from the rain. Even then, when I peeped through the side of the blind I was so awestruck, I just grabbed 2 cameras out of their bags, pulled the blinds up, opened the sliding door and shot ‘willy-nilly‘ before it all disappeared. Gosh, I didn’t even manage to get the silhouette or trees in focus.
It was so quick that I assume the wind was pretty strong higher up. I managed 20 shots and here are 12 of them as I couldn’t decide which ones showed off the sky colour the best. If I’d known it was going to be a great light show, I might have walked down to the nearby river to get images without the apartment buildings and trees in the frame.
If there’s no sign of the setting sun directly in front of me where I sit at my desk (in front of my lounge window), how do I know it’s coming?
I just glance to the left hand side of the floor-to-ceiling windows where they joint the side window and I see a reflection coming from the top of the hill next to the main road far to the north-west.
How ‘neat’ is that 🙂
I had a problem choosing a small number out of the 47 photos I took that night, so here’s a selection……….perhaps too many?………I just can’t make decisions these days 🙂
Then standing on my apartment balcony looking to the right, (closer to true west), shows a row of trees at the top of the hill which can be a completely different cloud cover and colour (to that straight in front of me on the main road atop a steep 30′ cliff).
Back to directly in front, slightly south of ‘true’ west…..
These images were made over one hour from 8.00pm to 8.58pm with 2 different cameras looking directly south (The Abbotsford Convent skyline) AND south-west (the office next door to my apartment block and further south-west to the inner suburbs of Melbourne).
A couple were a bit blurred but its the sky colour that is significant in this post.
The show ended at 8.58pm.
The last of the sunset lights the top of The Good Shepherd Chapel, Abottsford Convent (to the south) from my (then) 3rd floor apartment balcony.
Leaning over the balcony fence, looking to the right – west – over the nearby warehouse roof………..was the most amazing orange sky colour I’ve ever seen. It was like the sky was on fire.
Whenever the winter sunset lit up the rooftops at the Abbotsford Convent with golden light, it would also light up the flocks of Rock Doves spiralling around the area before flying down to settle on the Chapel roof to roost at night. Such an extraordinary sight of gold-coloured birds and I’m not sure whether I captured the scene as well as it actually looked. The images below were made at different times on the same night, hence the difference in sky colour.
The image above was made at the end of an hour or so photographing the beach at St Kilda. I had left the beach and was walking back to the tram stop to go home. It wasn’t actually sunset, but I’ve always loved this shot for what looks like mist or fog settling at the latter part of the day over the bay near the bottom of the frame (through the trees).
I’m also sharing the series of images I made on the beach as I love the silhouettes of the people walking or playing with their dogs (towards the end of the series). I think it might have been the soft light that appeals to me also.
For those interested, we now come to the time in my Sunset, (and occasionally Sunrise), and Cloud Library Folder where I was living in a third floor apartment for 20 months with an uninterrupted view across the rooftops toward The Convent in Abbotsford, (an inner suburb of Melbourne). Looking slightly to the right from my 3rd floor balcony……the inner suburbs or office block across the lane also became the subjects of a few images. If I leaned over my balcony and looked to the left, I could see the park and nature reserve on the other side of the river.
I hope you won’t tire of the same horizon, but it’s the colour in the skies that now becomes the focus in this blog (from my Library archives).
From time to time, may I suggest you click on the Home button at the top right hand side of the page to get a comparison between the sky colours.
Some of the bright colours are really quite extraordinary.
Example below. Keep in mind that 97% of these images are straight out of the camera – Sony ‘mirrorless’ a6000 or Canon DLSR – so some will appear slightly more colourful than others. Some of the pinks and purples I would not have believed if I hadn’t seen them with my own eyes.
There’s a story behind the series of images in this post.
I had seen a spectacular sunset the night before walking home from the Royal Botanic Gardens. I decided to go down to St Kilda beach and walk out to the end of the long pier at dusk in the hope of catching a ‘repeat performance’ by Mother Nature. Melbourne has some of the most spectacular sunsets, or sky colours, depending on your location around the city, inner suburbs or at the nearby Bayside Beaches.
It was a freezing cold afternoon this day and by the time I reached the end of the pier, I was chilled to the bone, but determined to see it out (until dark).
The sunset appeared, but it was really rather ordinary in the grand scheme of Melbourne Sunsets. I walked rather dejectedly back to shore, turning from time to time to take photos along the way. St Kilda pier is actually quite long and takes some time to walk to shore when you’re carrying heavy gear. At least I had been able to practice with varying horizons. I find it hard to get the horizon in the right place sometimes (depending on whether I want the foreground or background to star within the frame).
By the time I reached shore I was chilled to the bone due to lack of adequate warm clothing and the icy cold wind, so decided to stop at the nearest Fish’n’Chip shop for some piping hot chips to warm up before my journey home via public transport.
As I sat on the cafe barstool, camera on the bench and hot food half-eaten, I was amazed to see the most spectacular array of colour spread across the horizon and hastily shot 3-4 images – not particularly well – through the cafe window.
Next minute, the brilliant colour was gone and I headed for home via tram and then, bus. My haste to be indoors in the warmth made me miss one of the most spectacular sunsets in the early years of my Photography hobby.
I vowed not to be so hasty in future.
These images don’t fall in the category of Sunrise, Sunset (and the Clouds that come in between).
I just love the late afternoon sun hitting the sea and forming silhouettes in the late afternoon on this particular day.
With 2 cyclones hitting north and north-eastern Australia causing billions of dollars in damage and flash flooding this week, I thought it might be timely to share a small storm which hit Melbourne back in 2015. At the time I was living in a 3rd floor apartment that had an uninterrupted view across the rooftops and surrounding skies.
These images were made exactly 5 minutes apart over one hour.
It was only a small burst of heavy rain, but just shows how the skies can change very quickly.
I made these images with my DSLR on a tripod from the warmth of my lounge room.
This image was made 5 minutes after the photo in the previous post (and that previous post image was made 5 minutes after the previous post to that). So, 3 images 5 minutes apart and at different focal lengths can have very different colours. The focus is soft in this shot, but the sky was a lovely colour all the same and deserves sharing on this particular blog (devoted to clouds and sky colours).