This set continues my ‘Australian Dream’ mini series – think of it as a small exhibition in instalments, or a little series of observations on the Australian psyche from an outsider’s point of view – well, not a total outsider because I did live there during my childhood. Today we add the protagonists. To quote Shakespeare: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”.
I think there’s very little question that this series of images calls for the cinematic treatment to fully convey the mood, and add that little bit of perceived orderliness I observed in person. I’ve used a couple of wider aspect 2.4:1 images here; this isn’t something I usually do, but the longer/ wider scenes in Melbourne – probably a product of the grid street layout and the physical expansiveness of the place – lent itself to that kind of composition well. Note that 2.4:1 matches widescreen cinema. I probably wouldn’t attempt this with anything lower resolution than the D800E because you’d land up throwing away too many pixels to leave you with anything printable; even now we’re down to about 22MP, or about 60% of the original resolution.
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