Panasonic Lumix DCM-LX5 - A Day in the City Part One

The repetitive nature of the shapes and the deep blue sky made this image an ideal candidate for black-and-white

I was running an introduction to the camera course in the city last weekend. The session was practical which allowed participants to explore the city of Melbourne while, at the same time, learning all about how to use their cameras creatively.

Graffiti is always fun and the city of Melbourne has numerous alleyways dedicated to this contemporary art form.

I took along my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 camera to see how it performed. This is the first point and shoot camera I've ever owned, except for my iPhone. I bought it with the idea of having a camera with me at all times. I'd had a lot of fun over the last year making pictures with my Apple iPhone G3s but, when it got down to it, the camera's 3 megapixel camera just didn't cut it. While the new Apple iPhone G4s has a 5 megapixel camera, I'm not interested in upgrading phones at the moment.
The circles and rectangular shapes within this building facade cried out for rendering into black-and-white

While being a bit bulkier than an iPhone, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 does provide a fair amount of flexibility and creative control (RAW, While Balance, f2.8 maximum aperture, ISO and zoom) that you just don't get on a phone camera. My upcoming trip to Antarctica focused my attention and was the motivation for making the purchase.

One of the group's participants, Paul, helping out while I test my new camera
The day itself started off overcast and cool. About halfway into our 3 hour session the skies cleared and provided  a crystal clear blue sky and light of an almost Central Australian quality.

State Parliment: history, classical architecture and power are explored in this picture.

It was a wonderful day with a great bunch of people. I was extremely pleased with the results achieved by each participant. They can now continue their journey in photography with significantly more confidence. No longer barriers between idea and experience, their camera's are beginning to become extensions of their creative self.

Treasury Gardens, on the city edge, was iin full bloom. Bride's were everywhere.

I'II add some final, and quite different, pictures from the day tomorrow.

Close to the J.F.K. memorial this area of Treasury Gardens has recently been cleaned up. It was lovely. We even had little ducklings swimming around.

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