I took this image a couple of weeks ago when I was down in Melbourne on the boardwalk in Southbank. It focuses on the central hub of Melbourne, Flinders Station, Federation Square and of course the lifeline of Melbourne city the Yarra River. I lived in Melbourne for 2 years when I did a Masters in Art Conservation, majoring in painting conservation. So it’s always a nostalgic feeling for me to return to this amazing city. Melbourne and Sydney have always kind of had this national battle for Australia’s best and coolest city, and both have their strengths and weaknesses. Melbourne’s strength would have to be its coffee shops, art galleries, world class sporting venues in the city, constant celebrations and festivals and of course its trams.
For me the reason I love Melbourne so much is the importance that the city places on the visual arts and this is evident in its world class art galleries NGV and The Ian Potter Centre. I was there studying and working with the galleries and museums, so I was able to see first hand just how many world class shows and events these major art galleries were able to put on.
So when I quietly took these photos on the banks of the Yarra river all these memories and connections with the city come rushing back to me… Melbourne! What a great city!
Phase one Capture One Pro 9- To do my initial adjustments
Photoshop- To bring together the layers and make adjustments using luminosity masks. To learn more about luminosity masks see these amazing tutorials here. Luminosity Masks Tutorials Link
– On1 Photo 10 – An amazing Filter program to stylise your images. Comes as a standalone filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture. I used this one to bring out the colours and brilliance of the scene.
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