Partly cloudy, showers – great weather for urban photography

Written by Gary on December 7th, 2008

Yesterday was one of my preferred days for urban photography so I headed into Melbourne on the train as usual with my little hiking backpack with Olympus E510 + ZD 7-14mm lens and Canon 1DMIII with EF 24-105mm IS L lens and a Lee 0.6 neutral gradient filter for the Canon.

I prefer to select only 2 cameras and 2 or perhaps 3 lenses for a given trip and then target shots that will suit those cameras. Given the weight of the Canon kit, I decided to leave my beautiful Olympus ZD 50-200mm at home – with regret as it turned out as there was a Homeless World Cup 2008 soccer event on in the city which that lens would have been perfect for.

Here are a few shots from the day (click on then for larger views):

After a brief shower which temporariliy made the day stand still, some nice reflections of St Paul’s church from Flinders St railway station using the Olympus E510 with ZD 7-14mm to give a 14mm rectilinear ultrawide image in 35mm terms (Can’t achieve this with any lens on the 1.3x crop factor of the Canon 1DMIII).

St Paul's

and same outfit with a bit of sky drama:


and as the sky got darker and more menacing, this time with the Canon kit:



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