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.

20 minutes later. if I look to the true west and zoom in a little, the clouds appear more yellow/golden just before the sunset disappears and the sky goes dark.

Is it my imagination or does the lower edge of the cloud cover follow the outline of the silhouette in this shot?

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Too much heavy rain and cloud cover towards Sunset – but still worth a view.

I couldn’t decide on the best shot to show off the sky colour last week, so you get a selection.

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24th April, 2018 – Dusk – Autumn

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.

21st April, 2018 – Autumn – Sunset

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.

 

11th April, 2018 – Sunset – Autumn

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24th March, 2018 – Sunset – Autumn

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.

15th March, 2018 – Dusk – Autumn

Not a great sunset, so we’ll call this one ‘Clouds that come in Between’

The last image does not really portray the scene too well.  The reality was more like tiny flames scattered across the sky (and maybe I should have edited the image to make it look more like those tiny flames) 🙂

3rd March, 2018 – Sunset – Autumn

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…..

12th February, 2018 – Sunset – Summer

At 8.00pm (I nearly missed it as I was typing and only by chance looked up through the window)

……..and at 6.59pm (an hour earlier)

 

30th January, 2018 – Sunset – Summer

25th January, 2018 – Sunset – Summer

21st January, 2018 – Sunset – Summer

 This image was made towards the end of the sunset, but I like it the best out of about 50 photos that I shot.  I nearly missed tonight’s sunset as I’d fallen asleep in my chair, but woke up just in time to see a change of sky colour on the horizon (at the start of the series below).

 

 

7th January, 2018 – Sunset – Summer

Last scene made with a different camera – Sony a6000 ‘mirrorless’.

20th December, 2017 – Sunset – Summer

Note the plane above the cloud. Can you imagine how magical it would have been to be sitting in a window seat on a plane looking out as the sun went down tonight.

16th November, 2017 – Sunset – Spring

 

I nearly missed the sunset last night.

It was small and fleeting.

This was all that was left (of it) from my apartment balcony looking up the hill to the main road when I stepped out to see if my potted plants needed watering.

6th November, 2017 – Sunset – Spring

7th November, 2017 – Sunset – Spring

30th January, 2017 – Sunrise – Summer

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13th July, 2016 – Winter Storm

30th June, 2016 – Sunset – Winter

……..and then, 20 minutes later, after a brief rain shower……..

29th January 2016 – Summer

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).  

These clouds are zoomed in to the right hand side of the first image.

A couple were a bit blurred but its the sky colour that is significant in this post.

The show ended at 8.58pm.

The first 2 images were made a couple of minutes apart….

……and the last 3 images were made about 40 minutes later (at differing focal lengths obviously).

There was no sunset this particular summer evening, but the contrast between the clear sky above my suburb and the storm clouds to the South were quite unusual and very striking.

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NOTE: to gain a full appreciation of how much the skies changed over the 20 months I lived in a 3rd floor apartment, may I suggest you click on the HOME button at the top of your screen (after viewing each post) and scroll back through a few posts to compare the colours of the skies. 

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.

Of course this post is all about the sky colour, not the lousy 🙂 silhouette.

This image was made about 40 minutes after the images in the previous post.

10th August, 2015 – Sunset – Winter

Would you believe………………..12 minutes after the previous post image.

11th July, 2015 – Sunset – Winter

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.

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OVER THE ROOFTOPS…….

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.

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This image is the same scene as in the 2nd last post but just zoomed in with the telephoto lens I was using.

26th July, 2015 – Storm – Winter

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.

 

28th May, 2013 – Sunset – Autumn

6th July, 2012 – Dusk – Winter

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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).

 

15th July, 2011 – 6.13am – Winter

(note: my camera says 6.13am which must be wrong – no way would I be outdoors in the Royal Botanic Gardens at that time, when this image was shot.  It must be 6.13PM).