Monday, June 13, 2011

Ned Kelly's demise

I finally got around to checking out the Old Melbourne Gaol this weekend. I'd seen some pics on Flickr and thought it might be a good subject to photograph. Plus, as an Irishman, it was only fitting that I should investigate the place where the infamous 19th century scallywag convict, Ned Kelly, met his grisly fate.

Saturday afternoon probably wasn't the best time to try to capture a visitor-free scene, especially with my tripod blocking the narrow walkway, but in the end I set the camera to F22 and 30 seconds and all the people milling around in the scene became magically invisible to the lens. I love that trick!

14 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to file this post away. It sounds like a cool technique. Thanks for sharing it. I have a gift voucher for a night tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol we will use later this year. Never been there.

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  2. Its a very neat trick, a mate showed me how to do this last year, also I like to make people appear ghostly. Kelly may have died some 130 years ago but the legend lives on

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  3. This is really wonderful Alan. Great image. Good thing that you were able to capture it.

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  4. So you did. Fast effective retouching. Photo from where chilling. I do not want there to be really closed. Although the building is interesting. Greetings! Peter.

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  5. Amazing shot, Alan!
    I'd like to try this technique some day. ;-)

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  6. I just this week watched a documentary about the jail and Ned Kelly. Great shot and technique!

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  7. Great shot and thankyou for the tip I'll be giving that one a go.

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  8. That's one amazing trick. Wish I could do that with my kids some days;)
    Nice capture.

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  9. It works extra well on hyperactive kids, Dawn! The more they move, the more they disappear:-)

    Thanks to all of you for your kind comments. Just to be clear, it's the long exposure that works the magic, not the aperture (although you may need something like F22 to avoid over-exposing, depending on lighting conditions).

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  10. That is an awesome shot Alan!

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  11. Nice work, a well balanced HDR seems so rare. I must visit the jail sometime, it's been years.

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  12. Thanks Randy, thanks Andrew. Worth a visit to take a photo, at least.

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  13. I have not been to the OMG since the early '70s Alan, so this is a gorgeous reminder. I too, will engage with the technique.

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  14. Julie, to be honest, I thought $22 was a pretty hefty ticket price, if it hadn't been for the photographic appeal...

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