I took this photo (it’s actually a series of 6 photos stitched together) from the Lotterywest Federation Walkway in the tree tops of Kings Park last week when we were showing my Son’s girlfriend around. As it was her first trip to Kings Park I have named this image “Hannah’s View” after her 🙂
Hannah’s View, Kings Park, Perth (PCP1.4-V1-PH1)
What really grabbed me about this image is just how well it sums up life in Perth. Starting with the iconic Eucalyptus (or Gum) trees on the slopes of Mount Eliza showing the natural beauty that is all around Perth and the stunning blue skies with puffy white clouds that we can get all year round (this was taken in the middle of winter).
This image is another one from the archives, taken way back in 2010 at John Forrest National Park up in the beautiful Perth Hills.
Green and Gold, John Forrest National Park, Mundaring (YPW2.19-V1-TH1)
The photo was taken outside the John Forrest Tavern where a group of roos we’re lazing about under the cover of the trees & bushes.
This guy obviously got a bit nosy about me taking so many photos so he stuck his head around the blanket of golden leaves hanging down from one of the trees and gave me a perfect view with those gorgeous gold & green colours from the late afternoon sun 🙂
This was the final photo I took on my Walk Around Fremantle as we were heading back to the car park and it just goes to show that you never know what you’ll find in the back streets of Freo 🙂
Bakers Garden, Bread in Common, Fremantle (FCV1.4-V1-TV1)
We were walking along Pakenham Street when I saw what looked like a mini garden area on the side of the road. Mostly surrounded by commercial buildings this scene looked surreal with benches, lots of beautiful greenery and quaint bike stands at either end.
As we had a very hot and mostly patient teenager in tow I barely had time to grab a few shots as we walked past and it was only after a bit of searching on Google maps that I worked out exactly what this place was.
“Bread in Common” is a kitchen bakery which has only been in operation for the last year or so, in fact Google Street View still shows this building up for sale and looking very different. There was no red brick, no garden, just a boring old rendered workshop. Now this place looks amazing, they’ve done a great job renovating the building and turning it into a very successful cafe / bakery and they’re getting some great write-ups n Urban Spoon too. Urban Walkabout have a nice article about them here if you’re interested in reading more about them.
From what I’ve read & seen we will certainly be going back to “Bread in Common” with a bit more time on our hands to try out their menu 😎
For this image, as with all the images in this series, I have used a HDR style with some selective colour masking & local contrast adjustments to create a really punchy image with a bit of character, let me know what you think 🙂
If you’re looking for “Bread in Common” you’ll find them at this Google Map location, just bear in mind that the building looks completely different from the Street View.
What stroll around Fremantle wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the historic railway station.
“Brick & Stone”, Fremantle Railway Station, Fremantle (FCV1.3-V1-TH1)
This building really is a beautiful example of early 1900’s architecture, though it’s very sad that the original gardens outside the front entrance have disappeared in favour of a parking & road system, but I suppose that’s progress for you.
The Fremantle Railway Station was originally constructed in 1881 on a different site and was rebuilt in it’s current location in 1907 to provide better access to Fremantle Port. Constructed from Donnybrook Stone (as used in Parliament House) & red brick the station is a fine example of Federation Free Classical architecture in Australia. The station building is currently undergoing restoration by Colgan Industries Stonemasons.
The building has a very contrasting look between the bright red brick and subdued limestone colours which I have accentuated slightly to give the image a real pop, especially when combined with the blue sky above. I have continued my use of HDR techniques that my other “A Walk Around Fremantle” images used.
I ‘ve had so much fun with this “A Walk Around Fremantle” series that I will be looking for another cool spot to stroll around soon 🙂
This is the third image in my “Walk Around Fremantle” series.
I must say I have always loved Fremantle but haven’t spent much time taking photos there and I’m just loving what I got out of 1 afternoons stroll around the town. Freo is just full of history, culture & quirkyness and the later is what this image is all about.
We had lunch at Little Creatures and I just couldn’t walk past this ATM snugly squeezed into an old fridge sat right next to the fire hose without taking a few snaps.
The amount of bright red paint in one area was just so striking and the whole scene was as quirky as you can get.
Again I used the HDR technique to add a bit of a grungy feel and get the image to pop a little and then droped a 75% B&W filter over the top to de-emphasise everything but the reds.
The images I’ve been getting from this Freo trip are not my usual style of natural landscapes & wildlife but I’m really enjoying doing something a bit different.
Let me know what you think …
My second image from our walk around Freo is of the eastern entrance to the Whalers’ Tunnel under the Round House at Arthur’s Head.
The Whalers’ Tunnel was built by the Fremantle Whaling Company in 1837 to transport goods between the original port at Bathers Beach & the town at Arthur’s Head. It was the first tunnel built in Western Australia and runs directly below the Roundhouse (which is the oldest remaining building in Western Australia). Whalers’ Tunnel is the only remaining structure of the whaling station.
I again used an HDR approach to editing this image as it really brought out the detail in the brick work & wrought iron 🙂
If you look really closely you can just make out the light shining off the old piano towards the other end of the tunnel!
If you want to know where Whalers’ Tunnnel is in Fremantle then check out this Google Map
Yesterday was our first day back at work after the Chrismas & New Year break and what better way to spend it than strolling around the Historic City of Fremantle taking snaps & enjoying the beautiful Western Australian weather 😎
We started of with lunch at Little Creatures where we took a look at Sandra Herd’s amazing exhibition from her recent trip around the world, if you find yourself in Freo then make sure you check it out.
We didn’t cover all of Freo by any means, the 39 degree weather didn’t make walking too far such a great idea but I did get a few interesting images which I’ll share over the next few days.
The first image that grabbed my eye was this one:
This shot was taken walking along Fleet Street from the ocean towards the Port Authority Building (which you can just see in the background), this view struck me because of the repeating geometrical patterns and the grungy industrial feel of the sheds. I also used to work in the Port Authority Building so getting that in the shot added a bit of a personal touch 😀