New camera

Obviously the best camera you have is the one you have with you.

Normally that’s my phone. Sometimes I’ll also have my ~4 year old Canon IXUS 115, which is compact, but takes some great photos.

But for my birthday I treated myself to a DSLR, a Canon 700D (spotted on sale + cashback offer + birthday contribution from family + birthday present to myself = hard to resist), and have been snapping away during lunchtime walks. Here’s a couple of pics from earlier this week with a telephoto lens borrowed from one of my sons. (We’re definitely a Canon family.)

Footbridge, Princes Bridge, MCG, Melbourne

Looking north up Queen Street, Melbourne

More to come, you can be sure of it.

Old photos from September 2005

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago.

Bourke Street (at Swanston Street) tram platform stops just being completed, it looks like. Note the old “The Met” tram stop sign — in a mix of brands with the then-new Metlink and Yarra Trams. The realtime display must have been pretty new. And of course, lunchtime trams were crowded some ten years before the Free Tram Zone was instituted.
Bourke Street, Melbourne (2005)

Ditto Bourke Street (at Elizabeth Street). At the right, St George Bank has since been bought by Westpac and rebranded as Bank Of Melbourne, but is still in that building. The same building has a Kathmandu (which is moving to the Galleria, at left, this summer). You can also see a glimpse of an Angus And Robertson sign — they’ve since departed. This tram stop (and some others) later needed to be rebuilt to modify the height for level boarding.
Bourke Street, Melbourne (2005)

One morning walking to work I spotted this at the Old Treasury Building, aka the City Museum. Some kind of revolutionary demonstration? No, just filming on the steps.
Filming an ad for Holden Viva, Old Treasury building, Melbourne (2005)

What were they filming? This Holden Viva car commercial:

I’d won the footy tipping in 2004… here I am handing over the trophy to Rob for winning, on Grand Final Day 2005. These days of course the One Day In September is now in October. I won again in 2014, but Rae won 2015, so I’ll be handing the trophy back on Saturday. (Pic by Tony)
Rob and Daniel and the footy tipping trophy, Grand Final Day 2005 (Pic: Anthony Malloy)

Gog and Magog. I used it for this piece of amusement, and also in this piece on the Free Tram Zone.
Gog and Magog, Royal Arcade, Melbourne (2005)

Photos from ten years ago: Canberra

Almost all my photos from August 2005 seem to be from a three day Canberra trip (actually the only time I’ve been to Canberra). I remember it being cold but fun.

And many of the photos are from around the Parliament Houses (old and new).

Old Parliament House:
Old Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

Old Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

New Parliament House. I think this was the approach from Canberra Avenue. Obviously there were works going on at the time.
Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

It’s rather impressive up close.
Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

At the time there seemed to be pretty free easy access to the top. Can you still go up there?
Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

Inside: the House of Representatives.
House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

The Senate. In contrast to some of PM Abbott’s appearances, only two flags — almost seems unpatriotic in comparison.
The Senate, Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

A panorama from the roof of Parliament House. Use the scroll bar to move across, or view the large size at Flickr.

A typical Canberra bus shelter. They look funny to this Melburnian’s eyes, but you can’t deny they’d provide actual shelter from the weather, unlike the glorified advertising billboards we often get here.
Bus stop, Canberra, August 2005

This was snapped out of the plane window as we left Canberra. Makes you realise how low-rise it is (or at least, was).
Canberra from the air, August 2005

The Black Mountain/Telstra Tower. Shame we didn’t get a chance to go up there.
Canberra from the air, August 2005

Photos from July 2005

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago: July 2005.

A snowman at Lake Mountain — in fact I blogged about this day trip at the time. Hmm, haven’t been to the snow in a few years now.
Snowman at Lake Mountain

Centre Place, Melbourne. I think I snapped this with an eye to a new banner for my old web site. Unfortunately I don’t think I have any pics from the then-unremarkable northern end, where street art has since taken over.
Centre Place, Melbourne, July 2005

New Who, as the Doctor Who revival from 2005 has become known, had started a few months earlier, and these chalk artists had obviously got into the spirit, following up on their earlier classic Doctor art. More of their pavement art is on their web site.
Melbourne by the Yarra - Doctor Who art, July 2005

City skyline. In some ways not changed a lot I suspect.
Melbourne, Yarra river, July 2005

Photos from June 2005

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago

This month almost everything (bar some family snaps) was transport-related. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

The south end of Elizabeth Street. Hasn’t changed much apart from, as with the rest of the city, being busier with pedestrians, and that particular tram stop has gone. And the trams are no longer in the livery some dubbed “battleship grey”.
Elizabeth Street, June 2005

Further up Elizabeth Street, outside the GPO. Tram platform stops here make this location look somewhat different today.
Melbourne GPO, June 2005

Bourke Street Mall, probably several makeovers ago. Note the Rockstar INXS advertising… I seem to recall that was a reality TV show at the time. Doesn’t the Bradman’s sign look old fashioned! Here’s the same spot today — it’s still there.
Bourke Street Mall, June 2005

Bourke and Swanston Streets. Way before tram platform stops reached this area.
Swanston+Bourke Streets, June 2005

Glenhuntly station in the fog. I was a regular there back then.
Glenhuntly station in the fog, June 2005

Flinders Street Station (at Elizabeth Street) at night. Way down in the bottom-left of the picture you can see the Metcard barriers.
Flinders Street Station, June 2005

(Here’s a similar daytime picture from 2004.)

And finally, a Werribee line train (in those yeuchy Siemens pre-Connex colours) awaits departure from Flinders Street. This photo ended up being the subject of some Photoshopping to put Rowville and Doncaster and other proposed destinations in the display, for PTUA campaigns.
Train to Werribee, June 2005

Also in June 2005: A full (off-peak) shutdown of the rail network after water leaked into the control room — an incident with similarities to yesterday’s full (peak) shutdown due to water leaking into a fire alarm system.