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 😀
I had a question on my Facebook page today about Variable ND (Neutral Density) filters and my answer turned into a full on guide to selecting and understanding ND filters which deserved it’s own blog post. So thanks to Michele for suggesting the topic and I hope I answer your question 🙂 History Back in the days of film photography a professional photographer would have had a wide variety of filters in their camera bags but these days Photoshop has replaced nearly all of them, thankfully! Pretty much the only filters a professional photographer will carry these days are a Polarising filter and a set of ND filters. I won’t go into Polarising filters here except to add that with the popularity of ultra wide angle lenses and images stitching they are becoming less and less used. Continue Reading