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.

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

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.

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

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).

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.

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

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… Read More

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

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… 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.

(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).