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    Now that lockdown has eased in Melbourne I decided to do a tour of some of the laneways that Melbourne is so famous for. Using this site as a guide I set about planning a route so as not to go over the same ground twice, I pretty much succeeded and only backtracked a couple of times.

    The route, almost 6 kilometres.
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    Stop 1 Hosier Lane, probably the most well known of Melbourne's lanes it is always busy and even used as a backdrop for wedding photos.

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    Very colourful John. Would have taken a while to get all your shots, but glad you can get out and about and enjoy the great outdoors. Plenty of talent around this country. TFS.
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    • Grumpy John
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      Thanks Isac, there are quite a few more images to process. It was great to get out and about again.

    • Isac
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      Looking forward to seeing them.

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    There was a solid cover of high cloud on the day which helped reduce/soften shadows, but did cause a lot of blown out sky. The focus of these images is the laneways and their content so I haven't bothered to replace/fix the skies.

    Oliver Lane

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    #5, a bit of selective colouring. Thoughts on whether or not it works would be appreciated.
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    • Isac
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      Selective colour works a treat with this one John. Well done. Sorry no CC, I love it.

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    AC/DC Lane, always interesting and constantly changing.

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    #2 These long skinny laneways are a challenge to maintain perspective while shooting up (perhaps not the best choice of words considering the activities in some of these lanes). Constantly need to be adjusting the verticals to achieve a balanced image.
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    • #5
      One of my favourite areas in the CBD is the block bounded by Queen, Lonsdale, Elizabeth and A'Beckett Streets. There are a lot of interesting buildings and lanes that still retain their original character but like the rest of the CBD the historical part is being demolished by the day it seems.

      For those who are not from Melbourne Lucy Liu is a very well respected and fairly expensive restaurant. It is a favourite for those who work in the expensive offices at the Paris end of Collins St.
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      • Grumpy John
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        Thanks for the feedback K1W1. The lanes can be a real challenge to photograph, I used to stress out big time about all the people getting in the way, but now I just accept is as part of the environment. Now just take heaps of photo's and sort it out when I get home.
        My next trip into the CBD will focus on architecture, so any tips you may have would be greatly appreciated.

      • K1W1
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        Rather than ruin your thread I will wil post a few of mine in another one later today.
        I was in the CBD for lunch a couple of weeks ago on Saturday and Hosier lane at 4pm on Sat had 3 people in it and not even one wedding group. Couldn't believe it normally you can't see from one end to the other because of the people for about 23 hours a day.

      • Grumpy John
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        Things are slowly getting back to normal. I purposely don't go in to the CBD on the weekends.
        You are welcome to add to this post if you wish, it is no problem.

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      Love the selective colour John - fabulous effect. You should consider a book containing your images - the colours are amazing!
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      • Grumpy John
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        Thanks for the kind words Isac, only 18 lanes to go.
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      Duckboard Place

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      #4 These are two of the last three remaining Banksy works in Melbourne. I don't know how many times I must have walked past them without realising their significance in the street art world,
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      • Isac
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        Good work here John, colours are great. I like the stitch.

    • #8
      That’s a wonderful collection John. I’m looking forward to more
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      • Grumpy John
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        Thanks Alan, it was a real treat to be able to get out and about. It did my mental health a world of good.

      • wigz
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        We’ve been lucky in QLD and able to travel anywhere in the state much of the time. Except I can’t drive into NSW (one hour away) and back without 14 days quarantine.

      • Ozzie_Traveller
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        +1 to Alan's thoughts
        Phil

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      Ridgeway Place

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      #2 The Lyceum Club, where secret women's business is carried out .
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      #4 One of the entrances to The Melbourne Club, where secret men's business takes place. So secret that none of the entrances are marked.
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      • #10
        All great shots. A real tour of your beloved City. The Ridgeway la could do with some artwork. I love the green door shot in The Melbourne Club.
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        • #11
          Meyers Place

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          • K1W1
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            Try the Waiters Restaurant (formerly the Italian Waiters Restaurant) next time you are in Meyers Place, Great little eating spot with a very interesting history. One of the last almost untouched and un gentrified CBD Melbourne Restaurants.
            That is a rooftop bar under the pergola in the last shot but my son tells me its not very good.

          • Grumpy John
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            Thanks for the tip K1W1, I'll keep it in mind.

        • #12
          Wow, they do it rather well in Melbourne. They love their bright colours! #4 and #5 are brilliant. Keep 'em comin'
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          • Grumpy John
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            Thanks mate, there is so much to see when you really look. The street-scape is constantly changing so when you come back in a few weeks there's always something new to photograph.

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          Liverpool Street

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          • #14
            More great shots John. Having footpaths seems like a waste in some of those streets. The only thing that detracts from the scenes is those megafugly rubbish bins. They should paint them as well to blend in more. Just my thoughts though, I'm sure others love 'em
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            • #15
              Great collection John. Interesting and colourful.
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              • #16
                Crossley Street

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                #6 Apparently this used to be a "house of ill repute" back in the day, hence the name. Crossley Street was originally named Romeo Lane, for obvious reasons.
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                • #17
                  More goodies John. I do like the B&W conversions - lovely shades and contrasts. Did you put a border on the second B&W?
                  As you may know I do like to see the shadows lifted but I think I'm the only one on the planet that thinks that way, so it must be a defective gene I have.
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                  • Grumpy John
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                    Thanks for the feedback and kind words Isac.
                    The second B/W conversion was done with NIK Color Efex Pro and it added a fine white border. The second B/W was done with B/W layer and color adjustments just like you showed me.
                    Quite a few of these laneway images have had a bit of Dodge & Burn done to them, just subtle adjustments to recover some of the details in the shadows and to reduce some of the blown out areas in the sky and tops of buildings.

                  • Isac
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                    It's all good John, you've done well. There are so many B&W methods to chose from - I'm even writing my own 3DLUTs which is very challenging but so rewarding when they work.

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                  For the B&W, try a few different effects like this one. I've sent the PSD via WeTransfer.
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                  • #19
                    Great collection. I have not been to Melbourne for a few years but love walking through city centers.
                    Better a full bottle in front of me
                    than a full frontal lobotomy.
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                      • #21
                        It just shows what a diverse population we have John. Some have great artistic talent and some of them are just #@%&^. Never been a fan of taggers. Your images are a real story.
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                        • #22
                          Tattersalls Lane

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                          • Isac
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                            More glorious colours John. What's the squiggly sign under Tatersalls La mean in #1?
                            Fabulous artistic graffiti in #5 (The Town Apartments). To get those circles almost perfect is a talent worth mentioning. It must have been done by someone with a very high IQ.

                          • Ozzie_Traveller
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                            Still a great series of beaut images GJ ... and yes, the graffiti in #5 as you say is quite obviously done by a great artist .... Mukalangeo Stuffitup I think his name was
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                          "More glorious colours John. What's the squiggly sign under Tatersalls La mean in #1?"

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                          • Isac
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                            Gotcha!

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                          Sniders Lane

                          The only reason Sniders lane is on the list is that there is a giant mural of Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski, in my humble opinion this would be a great reason to leave it off the list.

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                          • Isac
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                            The "taggers" must feel super proud of themselves and their parents would be so overjoyed that their kids have turned their artistic talents into creating such eyecatching workds of art to be enjoyed by all who venture into gigantic canvas areas. The ladies seem to be in a well suited area.

                          • Grumpy John
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                            I don't see any ladies

                        • #25
                          Market Lane This one is out of sequence, it should have been between Crossley Street and Croft Alley.

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                          • #26
                            Lots of doorways there John. All having unique offerings to all who enter. I thought that Fireflies could do with a bit of a tizzy up. More charming photos mate.
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