I managed to pull myself out of bed at an unearthly 5.45am to get ready and went over to Vivian’s to help bring some of her stuff down to the car, where Alvin an Vanessa was already waiting. Vanessa had prepared a breakfast of yummy muffins for us, which we gladly woofed down before Sam came down. He gave some excuse about setting an incorrect time on his alarm or something, but no one really cared, and we set off for Great Ocean Road.
With the sky so blue, and the sun so scotching, we covered ourselves generously with sunscreen when we stopped over for a MacDonald breakfast at Geelong.
Next stop, the information centre at Lorne (the “i”, as Alvin calls it) provided the maps, traffic and weather info for travellers making their way to GOR. We grabbed some maps and went on our way.
The view of the coast line was fantastic, and the clear blue waters look really inviting on a very hot morning. Vivian, being the ‘model’ for the day, also quickly got to work.
Of course, what’s GOR without “Louie”, which irritatingly swarmed around us everywhere we went. My gosh, they were IRRITATING!!!! Grrrrr!
Lunch was a simple affair of fish and chips, followed by a short picnic having honeydew and cherries, a refreshing welcome as the sun burned fiercely overhead.
We drove on, and came across a head of cattle. Here’s Vanessa and Sam intelligently staying in the shade of the car while Alvin went after the cows. I, however, decided that Alvin was a better subject.
We decided to pass up on the $22 entrance fee to one of the more famous walks (can’t remember the name though), and decided to head towards Triplet Falls instead. Managed to get a couple of nice macro shots just reversing my lens so I’m not complaining.
I love my 50mm.
The trek up to Triplet Falls was fairly easy, but we were disappointed that we were not able to be closer to the falls.
The shade of the trees provided some welcomed relive from the heat, and we even had a chance to have a small picnic (yes, again) of crackers, chips and whatnots. Of course, the shade also provide better light for some more abstract photo opportunities.
We decided that we have spent too long at Triplet Falls, and headed towards our next stop, the Twelve Apostles.
The scenery along the way was nothing less than breathtaking, and the wind, bone chilling… brrr.
We arrived at the Twelve Apostles a little after 6pm, but Alvin, Sam and I struggled to produce any decent photos as the light was much too harsh. Nonetheless, I managed to get some interesting portraits.
Vivian and Vanessa however, were having fun with their picnics again.
We moved on, searching for a better spot to catch the sunset, and getting some really dramatic shots along the way.
As the sun began to set, I started on a series of silhouettes.
Sunset, finally! While the sunset was spectacular, it was really really cold on the cliff, and we were frozen stiff!
After some food and water back at the car, we decided to go down to a little cove we spotted earlier. I convinced Vivian to do some of her yoga poses and I think they turned out really well.
The last shot was a long exposure of the surrounding cliffs before my battery went out on me, and it was time to head back to civilization, and by the time we got back to 620 Collins Street, it was almost 1am. . .
Both Sam and I went for a walk around 620 Collins Street after work, intending to do some shopping before catching some shots of the sunset.
Sam was looking for some warm clothes in preparation for his trip back to wintery China, but the prices we saw were over his budget. I, as usual, got totally tired just walking through the malls. Had more fun grabbing a quick shot of a young couple having a lovely hug on the sidewalk, than staring at sale banners. . .
After the failed shopping attempt, we headed towards Docklands, where the sun was beginning to set, filling the sky with a beautiful pink glow.
It was rather quiet in by the pier with only the whistling of the wind and the call of the seagulls, and was a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the CBD.
A number of artistic sculptures lined the route we took, of which 2 that I found rather interesting; a cow in a tree, and an egg in the sky. . .
We made our way towards the river, where the Casinos were. Being a Friday evening, there were many people enjoying themselves after a week of work, as music and the aroma of freshly cooked food filled the air.
By the time we rounded back to our home, it was already close to 10pm and our stomachs were growling rather loudly. Food time and it’s the weekend!!!
Edit: Alvin came by around 11:30pm to say that we are setting off for Great Ocean Road at 6am tomorrow!
Working late today, dinner was a simple affair. Thanks to the pepper provided by Sam and the bottle of wine I got today, whipped up something nice rather quickly. Except for the rice, which I have yet to figure out how make it using the microwave . . .
Not in the mood for work, i got around to finishing my book “The Last Theorem”. A bit too much math for my liking thought. Good night!
Dinner was arranged to be at Boathouse, which serves Italian fare, and rumoured to have the best Pizza in town. As Alvin, E-Fang, Vivian, Sam and myself bundled into the car, and trusted our lives (dinner actually) to the direction finding abilities of Garmin and Tom Tom, every one was rather chirpy.
Placing our orders for some pizza, beer and calamari, I went out to take some photos, with Vivian modelling for me.
Dinner was served by the time we got, the pizzas were already served. Alvin requested for some Tabasco Sauce, but got offered cut chillies in olive oil.
Nonetheless, the chillies were sufficiently spicy and went really well with the pizzas, but still, the notion of pizza and chilli does still seem queer.
The pizzas here tasted really good, especially the thin, light crust and generous portions of toppings. The greens on the pizzas were very refreshing too.
The calamari wasn’t the usual batter fried ones, and tasted fantastic. I’m glad for putting in the vote to support Vivian’s bid to place that order.
After we headed for desert at Koko Black at Lygon Street.
The deserts were amazing, not only to look at, but taste great as well!
My Italian Tiramisu! Yummy!
Finished work a little late today, and set off for home with Sam, Alvin and YC around 8pm. As usual, I had my camera with me a grabbed a couple of shots as the light was fantastic.
Jokingly, Alvin suggested that we head to St Kilda to enjoy the sunset, and maybe snap a couple of shots, and was surprised when both Sam and myself were agreeable to that idea.
A quick change of clothes and grabbing the cameras upon getting home, we were on a tram headed for St Kilda beach.
The sun was beginning to set by the time we got to St Kilda. Light was changing fast, but i got a nice flared shot almost immediately.
When questioned on what filters I’ve used for such beautiful flares, the answer drew dirty stares from my companions: I didn’t, it’s just that my lens was dusty/dirty enough. 🙂
We set of towards the beach, giving little tips to Sam who was just starting out on his new SLR, a Canon though…
Walking on the pier, we noticed a guy perched on the breakwater with his gear, braving the winds, waves and spray. Makes me wonder how long his camera, lens and tripod would last after his shoot. I had fun taking photos of him anyway.
Apparently St Kilda Breakwater is a hang out for some penguins at dusk, and lots of people crowded at a viewing platform to catch a glimpse of these birds. Some shriek with joy when they spotted a couple of them in the dark waters. I only saw a huge rat running past Alvin the whole time… Lucky me.
Nonetheless, the wonderful sunset at St Kilda, wide lens and 30 sec exposures gave some truly wonderful pictures.
Which do you like?
Woke up in a bout of sneezing fit, but as such, got to see the first light over Melbourne, with some heavy cloud cover. Here’s a quick HDR generated shot pulled from a single NEF.
Think I’ll go nap a bit till 7. Zzzzzzzzzzz