Urban Seagulls, Vol. 1: The Seagulls of Citylink Swamp

•December 31, 2015 • 6 Comments

Out trekking along Moonee Ponds Creek and Railway Canal, I came across some seagulls taking a drink in their natural urban environment, the swamplands shadowed by the Citylink bridge.  I admired them for awhile, being the seagull fan that I am (really) and this inspired me to start a new, probably fairly sporadic, series called Urban Seagulls.

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You would never expect that there would be seagulls around the corner.

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But… lo and behold… seagulls.

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Frolicking in the swamplands next to Citylink.

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Drinking that tasty-looking water right up.

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After my seagull friends left, I loitered around for a while feeling lonely.

It’s a common myth that seagulls only hang out at beaches.  In the coming weeks, months and maybe even years I will be documenting the gulls who prefer the hustle and bustle of the urban sprawl to the relaxing beaches; who would rather burn their feet on hot cement than on hot sand.  Keep an eye out while you’re eating your hangover Maccas in a park tomorrow after your new year’s eve party benders, the urban seagulls will be out in force – and they will be hungry!

Happy new year and all that jazz.

x Kitten of Doom

Abandoned research centre

•December 27, 2015 • 5 Comments

A couple of friends and I came across an abandoned research centre the other day, so of course we stopped to check it out.  It is quite big, with long hallways, a number of science labs, a couple of conference rooms, as well as a bunch of offices.  Science-y things are my favourite; alas, I couldn’t find any leftover chemicals to play with.

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I really wish I’d become a scientist.

x Kitten of Doom

Collingwood: a good hood

•December 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I usually have a disposable camera in my bag so I have at least some sort of camera with me wherever I am; who can be bothered carrying a DSLR around at all times?  I find if I have some time to kill, using up some or all of a disposable camera is a good way to do so.

Here are some snaps from my most recently-developed camera, taken in the hood.  Collingwood.  Collinghood..?

Collingwood is still my favourite suburb of Melbourne.  It’s much more industrial than Fitzroy is, and lacks the central hipster-ised street (ie Brunswick St), whilst still having lots of great art (top right is Rone; below that is Twoone).

Oh and if you really want to get technical, the Patersons building is actually on the Fitzroy side of Smith St.

x Kitten of Doom

The mystery of the Halloween decorations in a long-abandoned building

•December 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Last week I found an abandoned building which is part of a bigger (still operating) complex.  It has obviously been disused for awhile; paint is peeling, doorframes and floorboards are rotting, spider webs cover the doorframes and windowframes.

However, when I looked through the window of the end room, I could see Halloween decorations; a row of black and orange skulls strung across a doorway, and they looked to be pretty new.  There was also what was obviously fake cobweb across the inside of one of the windows of this room.

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So this building which is pretty much entirely gutted and unsafe to use, and thus clearly not in use – was recently used for a Halloween party??  Just this end room, though.  No other parts of the building appeared to have been used.

So weird.  I guess it must have been staff having a Halloween get-together though…

I also can’t find any information about what this building was originally used for.  It’s clearly a very old building, with some beautiful wrought-iron detailing.  I’m not going to post photos of the outside as we all know what happens when idiots find out the locations of abandoned buildings.  If you happen to recognise this one and have any info on it please let me know!

x Kitten of Doom

Melbourne cityscape long exposures on film

•November 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Last week I posted some shots of Melbourne’s skyline from one of my favourite spots up high as the sun was about to set… well, after the sun set I tried my hand at some long-exposure night photography – using film.

I had never used film to take long-exposures at night before, so I wasn’t sure what film to use.  I decided to go with Portra 800, as Portra has pretty much the finest grain you will get with film.

These were shot at 100 ISO rather than 800; admittedly this was accidental, but it turned out to be a happy accident.  Aperture was set to f22, and the shutter speed of the Pentax ME is automatic according to the light reading.

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I’m looking forward to doing some more long exposure night photography experiments with film soon.

x Kitten of Doom

A balmy night, city lights and pink boots

•November 18, 2015 • 2 Comments

Once again, I forgot my own blog’s birthday.  It was November 16… oops.

It’s year number six this time around, and as I once posted a silly selfie in celebration of my blog’s birthday, here’s a selfie for you.

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It’s not silly, and it’s not particularly creative either; it’s just your standard rooftop/exploring-type shot.  The type that’s all too common these days.  But it was nice to chill out in this spot, and Melbourne was finally getting some nice spring weather, so that made it even better.  Look at those bare shoulders!

I was also breaking in my new Palladium Boots.  I only discovered this brand recently, and I can’t believe I didn’t know about them earlier, being the massive boot fan that I am.  They don’t seem to be well-stocked in Australian shoe stores.  I had a hard time choosing from all the styles on their website.  Doc Martens now have some competition when it comes to my boot purchases.  I also need three more jobs to pay for them all.

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The boots are salmon-pink.  Yes, it’s a goth fail on my part.  Bad goth!  (No really, goths can wear pink… sometimes… right..?)  Then again, look at how I’m dressed.  I seem to be losing my goth-ness with age.  Aw.

Here is a bonus shot for you.  I actually shot these photos with Tan, so technically it wasn’t a selfie anyway, but a collaborative shot.  Tan is my favourite person to collaborate, explore and drool over awesome footwear with.

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Happy sixth birthday to you, li’l blog!

x Kitten of Doom

Sundowner

•November 17, 2015 • 5 Comments

There are few things more peaceful and enjoyable than catching a sunset from a high vantage point, away from the masses.  I revisited a favourite spot I hadn’t been to for a few years recently, along with Bryce who is working on a video project of Melbourne CBD.

The last time I was here, it was my final night in Melbourne before heading off to Europe for an indeterminate period of time; actually it was only about eight hours before my plane was due to leave.  I didn’t bring my camera because my tripod was packed away in storage and as it was night time, I figured it would be pointless without a tripod.  Silly me, I should have just used the ledges to stabilise my camera (which is what I did on my most recent visit).  So I got no photos the first time except for one iphone photo.  (As a side note: see how there is a clear view of the Rialto in this photo?  This view is now obstructed by a huge new building.)

This time around I didn’t even have a DSLR to contemplate bringing; I took my Pentax ME, which is my favourite film camera, and used up the rest of the roll of expired Vista 200 that was in it (at least, that’s what I think the film was… I really need to start noting down what film I’m using; I always forget).  Incidentally, I bought a brand new 6D a couple of weeks after these photos were taken.

Is it just me or does Melbourne resemble a bunch of beige and brown boxes from this angle?

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After the sun set and I finished the roll of Vista, I took a bunch of long-exposure nighttime shots with a roll of Portra 800.  I’ll post some of these soon.

x Kitten of Doom

 
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