SUNRISE, SUNSET (and clouds that come in between)

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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… Read More

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… Read More

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.

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,… Read More

 

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… Read More

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) 🙂

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’… Read More

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)  

 

 

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

  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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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… Read More

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

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… Read More