As a matter of principle, I always wanted to attach the map where the photo was made. I thought that any photographer, or tourist, new to the city could benefit from that.
Every time I visit a new city for a photo trip, I google for some existing photos just to have an idea of where and when to go. As a second step, I build a google map with all the candidate sites. As a last step I try to optimize a walk through these sites thinking also on the time of the day. I leave all the interior photos during the day.
I went back to all of my photos posted in the previous years and honestly it was hard to select just 5 locations. There are iconic ones as well as some unknown sites. At the end I decided to include mostly famous places although always trying to have a different corner.
Starting in January 2016 I teamed up with my friend Alfonso of Travel Photography Courses. I am now the trainer here in Melbourne and I run courses every 2/4 weeks. If you want to join we will have a great time for 3 hours. Read the full program on the Photography Travel website. If you decide to book a course use the coupon "MEL365" on check out and get a nice 20% discount (valid only till the 5th of March 2016)
Scroll to the bottom for the map and if you are planning a trip to this beautiful city here are the top 10 places to visit in Melbourne
No, you do not need an helicopter. You just need to climb up the stairs of a multi-storey car park or take an elevator to a bar on top of the building, grab a beer and make few photos. This second option does not work in the weekends because way too busy with people, especially on warm nights.
This is a project I started in 2012 and, after few months break, I have been starting it again. Check the project here
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I love this side of the river for a long panorama shot of the CBD. The Yarra river gives that lovely mirror effect to the foreground .
The right time is at dusk with the city lights on their best. The wheel on the right corner is usually there for the Moomba Festival, around mid March
Come here one hour before sunset for some photography of the busy rowing clubs area. Interesting portraits and life style shots.
You can also plan your day for the sunset on the other side of the river (better for the light) and walk on this side (where the rowing clubs are) for the city panorama.
Plenty of opportunities to finish off the day
This is really one of the most famous and photographed place in Melbourne I believe.
I think I was here at least 5 times myself. Best time for a shot is at dusk, when the sky becomes all orange and the lights of the units from the building around Docklands give a real futuristic effect.
You add also the white light around the bridge net and you have the full picture
Walk around to shoot from different corners. Can you find a unique angle, hard but you never know!
There are plenty of nice places in St.Kilda. However I believe this is the most iconic one. Avoid going there on the weekend. Far too many people.
If you love shooting facing the sun, than sunset is the best time. Otherwise come on sunrise.
It can be really windy and wavy here so plan to arrive with a good tripod. Don't give up on a cloudy day as, by experience, you can achieve great results.
Plan it on a cloudy day, better in Autumn when the sunset is more dramatic with the sun just in front of you.
And that's it for today. Now scroll down to receive your personalized copy of the Melbourne City photographic sites. Print it or load it on your mobile/tablet as you reference guide.
Go down a bit more and you will see also the map with every sites discussed in this post
Enjoy your travel photography!