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good morning melbourne!

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 17 April 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Hello everybody, so I'm back from my vacation in Melbourne... such a wonderful city of beautiful heritage, gardens and countryside! In the coming weeks, I'll devote my spare time to review, edit, process all the pics taken during my family's enjoyable stay; and try to select my favourites to share with you...

Let me begin with this scene of the Royal Exhibition Building when the sun was just about to rise. This is one of the pics that I couldn't wait to review as soon as I got home! The Larger Version:

6:16 a.m., The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR 2/5 seconds F/4.1 ISO 100 14 mm

I do not regard myself as a photographer. I'm an ordinary man but extraordinarily obsessed with capturing all the memorable scenes that I encounter in my everyday life. It's like an excited traveller craving to record his memorable journey in a memorable way, but in my case, it's the journey of my life ... If I can record my encounters in such a way that they leave an image on the mind of myself and other viewers, it's a tremendous joy and some accomplishment...
In terms of photography, I'm trying to preserve the moments as my eyes see "something" and my heart feels it too. As such, I seldom feel interested in planned, arranged or manipulated photographs...

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Welcome back, Hugo! I see you were busy; this is beautiful. The building and light are amazing.

17 Apr 2009 5:18am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Bon retour Hugo! Magnifique image! Superbe lumière! Très belles couleurs!

17 Apr 2009 5:48am

k@ from Paris, France

Ah, my dear Hugo's back !! Welcome home, buddy ! And I'm so happy you'll make us discover Melbourne ! Love that even in another country, you found your nightlights ! These ones over the honey-like stone of the building are full of sweet feelings... Yum-yum & see you soon, my friend !

17 Apr 2009 5:58am

Ananda Sim from Melbourne, Australia

Hi Hugo,
I recently started following your blog. Didn't know you had come to Melbourne, otherwise I would have tried to arrange an appearance. Hope you enjoyed the stay.

17 Apr 2009 7:40am

@Ananda Sim: Thank you for stopping by! We enjoyed the stay very much; I'm already looking forward to the next visit!:-)

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Welcome back Hugo! Glad to see you taking a break from work :) Hope Poon Jnr is doing well with his studies!
Looking forward to seeing your holiday snaps - it'll be quite achange from what we're used to seeing.
Like this one - well exposed and interesting vantage point.

17 Apr 2009 7:58am

@IanSmith: Thank you Ian!!! How nice to be back and hear from you again... Trust everything is fine with you my friend. My son is doing O.K. and really enjoying his stay! BTW, I must thank my wife for finding this "vantage point" for us - it's actually the balcony of the unit we're staying - she's made a great choice of the serviced apartment.:-)

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Welcome back and you have re-entered with a fine image, no doubt a great start to the series, is that a ski jump to the left

17 Apr 2009 8:10am

@P J W Miller: Thanks Peter!!! That's the Melbourne Museum, a very interesting architecture, though I have yet to pay a visit.:-)

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

Hi Hugo ! welcome back, I was looking for your pict all these days ! this one is great ! soft and subtle light in the early morning ! cant' wait for the next ;-)

17 Apr 2009 8:27am

gavin hart from Gold Coast, Australia

Hi Hugo. Great start to your Melbourne images. The building makes an excellent feature in the landscape but the lights of suburbia, the atmosphere and the dawn sky are all wonderful as well. Looking forward to see what else you got.

17 Apr 2009 9:03am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Welcome back! I've missed my daily photo from your lens so I'm really glad you're back. And, as was already pointed out, you got another wonderful night shot. I'm looking forward to the postings from Melbourne.

17 Apr 2009 9:08am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Great to have you back Hugo, and with a BANG it seems! A beautiful image with such lovely light, color and composition! The rewards of being an early riser I guess!

17 Apr 2009 10:53am

amirreza from tehran, Iran

well come back to home
nice pic
thanx 4 sharing

17 Apr 2009 11:19am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Nice to see you back Hugo...and with yet another stunning image. Mind you, this is now expected of you you know :-)
Beautiful light and composition, the city is just glowing.

17 Apr 2009 12:09pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


17 Apr 2009 4:27pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Hello, my friend! Welcome back with us. Have you and your family enjoyed the holidays?
Great early morning photo to start the series, I hope. A very good panoramic with this Royal Exhibition Building so clean and well illuminated, I love it in the original size.

17 Apr 2009 7:33pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

Welcome back Hugo :) glad to see you made it safely. This is a fantastic picture, it really shows that pre-dawn light beautifully, and the clarity of all the little city lights is excellent.

17 Apr 2009 10:29pm

Ian from United Kingdom

Welcome back! Well I expect you were very happy reviewing this one - you've caught such a wonderful, soothing mood.

18 Apr 2009 12:18am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

You haven't missed a beat, the EXR is working nicely. You run any noiseware on these? best...jerry

18 Apr 2009 4:06am

@ordinaryimages: Thank you Jerry!:-) Yes, I've applied a mild noise reduction on this one - Neat Image (luminance 30%, chrominance 60%).

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Welcome back Hugo! The view is atunning and the light is really wonderful! Great capture!

18 Apr 2009 9:07am

William Chan from Hong Kong

so beautiful!!! cheers mate!

21 Apr 2009 3:50am

Momo from Montpellier, France

Welcome home Hugo...good to have you safely back among, you're taking images of time machines :-)

23 Apr 2009 9:08pm

2/5 seconds
ISO 100
14 mm