Last week I travelled to the Victorian city of Ballarat with my good friend Klaudio (daddo) for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. By the time we had eaten lunch and visited numerous exhibition locations we had little time left for photography. The dull day was already near its end when the sun finally shone through the clouds, low over Lake Wendouree. Klaudio took this shot and I took mine. Standing closer to the boat-shed (from which the kayak emerged) and against the sun, I exposed the shot for the sky, which produced a darker look to the boat-shed and water in front of me, and later I adjusted the levels to make the most of the slanting light on the wooden boards and windows of the shed.
The lake itself is an artificial one, originally formed by the damming of a swamp in the years just after the gold rush of the 1850s. It was first used for competitive rowing in 1864, and hosted the Olympic rowing and canoeing in the 1956 Games. The name of the lake is said to have been derived from an Aboriginal word: In the late 1830s one of the earliest European settlers in the area, a William Cross Yuille, is supposed to have asked an Indigenous woman what the name of the swamp was. Neither understood the language of the other, but she said to him something which sounded like 'Wendouree', which in her language was 'Wendaree' and meant "Go away!" Which is not surprising.
From time to time, during drought conditions, the lake - only 2 metres deep - has dried up, as it did completely between 2006 and 2010. It filled when the rains started falling three years ago, and now can be used again by thousands every day who enjoy it for recreation, physical exercise and the beauty of its surrounding gardens.
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jemaflor (74014) 2013-09-11 4:24
Nice composition, I like the light and the brightness on the wall, good depth and perfect sharpness.
yquem46 (35256) 2013-09-11 4:28
A great compo with the 2 ducks, the boat with people rowing, and above all the perspective of the wooden silver house with a gorgeous light on it
Also nice play with the highlights and shades, as well as with the contrasts
best regards, have a nice day
ktanska (22646) 2013-09-11 5:59
Looks a fairly big building for a boat shed. You have excellent light on this showing reflections from water and the wall while the sun is out of the frame. Rowers and ducks add life to view.
subhendu_bagchi (20960) 2013-09-11 6:33
a nice view, intelligently captured. The shot of Klaudio is the first what haunted me just after visualisation of your shot. A superb one. Love the reflected light from water which made the cottage's wall glowing. Great composition with the two men bowing and the two ducks swimming. That means a lot of characters are their at that morning are there, some of them are swimming, some are bowing, some are walking and some are photographing. :)
Thanks for sharing this nice shot.
Have a nice time.
willperrett (4031) 2013-09-11 8:05
Your detail notes suggest that you were only too aware of the beauty of the light that you were dealing with. The "contre-jour" lighting creates drama. The composition isn't too shabby either! Hope you both enjoyed the Biennale.
gojo (1317) 2013-09-11 8:45
Opening this image made me shout out loud; wow!!
The walls of the building are really shining. The ducks are their way home, and the people in the canoe are having a great time.
On top of that the sky is very pleasing to the eye.
dta (56526) 2013-09-11 10:13
Hello Andrew ,
This is a fantastic picture , for the composition , of course , but also for the strong mood provided by the light and the contrasts .
emka (64110) 2013-09-11 22:22
hello Andrew, i saw already Klaudio's shot and how nice to hear about your trip to Ballarat. I would be happy to go there with you :). Quite different view on your picture. I like the colours, beautiful composition with ducks and kayak and this shed just on the water looks splendid.
This photo reminds me the John Williamson song:
Hey, did you ever wake up in the morning
On the wrong side of the bed
I bit confused and yawning
You go straight out the back to your shed
Yeah, all Australian boys need a shed
A place where he can go, somewhere to clear his head
To think about the things his woman said
Yeah, all Australian boys need a shed
Do you also need a shed?
My backpaks are packed and finally a new trip!
fabbs99 (10998) 2013-09-11 23:54
Impressive shot of the boat and the riverm and ducks.Good lights & exposure,colors and sharpness.TFS.
ifege (9899) 2013-09-13 0:18
Just back from 15,000 + km driving to and around WA and back to TE.
The Ballarat Biennale is an event I've intended to get to some time. Is it worth the trip?
A good late afternoon photo with good use of the dropping sun.
CLODO (26371) 2013-09-13 0:46
Nice compo, with the wood reflecting the dim sunlight and the 2 silhouetted ducks looking at the pair oars. Subtle hues!
mesutilgim (72870) 2013-09-13 3:08
Amazing capture giving the "end summer effect" perfectly.
Very good pov and nice light. Nice framed.
TFS and best regards
jhm (127883) 2013-09-13 3:43
Not the perfect way for a house middle of the water, you took a very nice picture with the imminent sky inn background, and the boat as contrast.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well picture, pleasant to look at.
pajaran (41591) 2013-09-13 4:11
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o jezeru, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimak, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article on the lake, with the given data ...
Nice view and a second ...
A good time recording, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice place and time indicated.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend.
ChrisJ (91168) 2013-09-13 4:27
At first glance it looks like a catastrophic flood in Holland after a broken or overtopped dyke! I like the superb sharpness and pastel colours. Nice silhouettes of the ducks and 3 manned kayaks. The shimmering light on the wall at right is nice. Tfs!
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-13 4:43
Interesting "flooded" house, captured with very good color given by the lights of the end of the day! The detail of the silhouette of the boat is beautiful! Wonderful composition, with excellent quality! Well done!
Fis2 (76908) 2013-09-13 6:17
Interesting POV and composition.
Excellent colors and light.
Photo has climate.
Nicou (105629) 2013-09-13 8:08
quelle perspective le longe de cette façade sueprbe compo et vue quel rendu sur l'eau et l'éclairage sur la façade, avec le mini bâteau qui passe, le canards et ce ciel merveilleuse compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
limielski (2571) 2013-09-15 5:58
What a beautiful landscape. Wonderful light, sky and surface of the lake. Romantic view. ... And superb composition, of course! TFS
Have a nice Sunday
daddo (20597) 2013-09-18 17:48
Nice play of light here Andrew. The shed itself creates depth and a "screen" for the sun to project its fading light.Interesting sky with its darker part separating nicely the sky above and the reflections below. Regards. Klaudio.
delpeoples (48568) 2013-10-01 18:21
Hi dear Andrew
When I first saw this, and the location, I started scratching my head: where in Ballarat was there a river or lake like this? Having now read your note, I've learnt something new. But to your photo. What a mood you've captured here, so peaceful and silent. Far and away my favourite element here is the golden light shining on the side of the boatshed, it really is magical, especially in contrast to the grey tones in the sky and on the water. Beautiful work, and the two ducks are the icing on the cake ;)
Wanda1 (14362) 2013-10-06 2:29
This one caught my eye. Just love that perspective of the boat shed enhanced by your wide angle, and the low light that bounces off it is great. It seems that the light came out at the right moment for you so that you could capture it and use it to your advantage to produce this nice image. The silhouettes of the ducks and the rowers add that special element of life to this tranquil scene.
adores (30775) 2013-10-08 16:18
The light makes it really special and the composition is great, with the three persons rowing and the two ducks. I like the atmosphere a lot! Very well seen!
rigoletto (32710) 2013-11-05 3:29
great vantage point where you exclude the connection of the building to the land, thus making it look like noah's ark, or a wooden house floating on the lake's surface. the maintenance costs should be quite high with excellent isolation beneath. speacial light, enhanced further with your treatment.
- Copyright: Andrew McRae (macondo) (18461)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M.Zuiko MSC ED M.12-50mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-11 4:17