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.)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
This was snapped out of the plane window as we left Canberra. Makes you realise how low-rise it is (or at least, was).
The Black Mountain/Telstra Tower. Shame we didn’t get a chance to go up there.
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.
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.
City skyline. In some ways not changed a lot I suspect.
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”.
Further up Elizabeth Street, outside the GPO. Tram platform stops here make this location look somewhat different today.
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.