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Photowalk 2/11/2013 – James street / Cultural centre.

Today marked the last of our outings to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. We headed out early to the state art gallery to view a travelling exhibition from the MOMA gallery in New York.

Following the art gallery, we spent a little while sitting in the section of the Perth Cultural Centre that faces the Western Australian Museum. It’s a spot that I spent a fair amount of time in whilst at TAFE in 2010, and I like the way that it has evolved since then. There’s now an interactive sound and musical playground, which encourages children to be creative with their play. Most of the instruments were large metal pipes, so it was fairly relaxing listening to the windchime-like sounds generated from them. The area is also quite leafy, with a nice tunnel of deciduous trees.

After sitting for a while, we walked through the cultural centre and over to Gotham Studios to visit an old friend of mine who is now a renowned artist. I’ll post a little about that another time after I (hopefully) get to document some of his work and studio life. The studio is on the corner of James street and William street, with window views down to the street corner where The Brass Monkey Hotel is situated.

It’s a very busy weekend here in Perth, and one that has exploded into summery arts season. Today was the launch of the 2 day annual Open House Perth season (and I am kicking myself that once again I’m not well enough to participate). It is also the start of the several week long Pride festival with tonight’s Pride parade ensuring a sea of cheerful rainbow colours around town. Over by the foreshore and Supreme Court Gardens it is Deepavali tomorrow, and there are loads of other small fetes and events all over town.

Perth is really vibrant at this time of year, and it has a good community and creative spirit that creeps out and spreads happiness around.

These are some photographs that I took around the area this afternoon. Crowds were out and about early in the afternoon, getting ready for the night’s events and it was fun to stand and capture people gathering. My 35mm Nikkor lens is my new go-to lens for street photography as it is light and unobtrusive and the crop factor on my D90 makes it similar to my own angle of view. I hope you enjoy the self immersion and detail.

Here’s to a happy and festive November!


* Re camera settings – I almost always shoot in manual mode, however today I was experimenting with manual mode both with and without the ISo auto select set to a range between 400 and 800 ISO as I knew I’d be shooting in lower light within the art gallery. It appears I’ve also taken some images on aperture priority rather than manual mode. As I’ve started to get into more street photography, I’ve been aiming to use apertures from 16 up to 22 to give me greater depth of field and sharper focus for those long scenes with loads of detail to explore.


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If you have enjoyed these photographs, please visit my blog and check out the My place in time project for more.

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