Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – All About Cities

Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathederal.

Skylines to Street Photography

For this week’s Fun Foto Challenge Cee asks us to present photos of cities. I have chosen photos from four of the five Australian capital cities I’ve been to. Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart. I have also visited Canberra but I was using a film camera then and have not yet transferred those pictures to computer. I really should do that it was 9 years ago!

In a city, especially a big city it’s pretty hard to photograph buildings or anything really without getting people in your shots, unless you like to get up at the crack of dawn anyway. You can either get mad, not take the pictures or go ahead and take them anyway. That’s what I do. People are part of the city environment and sometimes they add something to the photo.

Melbourne

  1. A photo of the ever-changing skyline of Melbourne taken in 2014. This would have been taken from the Star Observation Wheel.
  2. Trams in Swanston Street. I think I photograph the trams every time I go to Melbourne. I love them. I rather liked the cyclist in this particular photograph too.
  3. St Patrick’s is Melbourne’s Catholic cathedral and while trying to fit it all into my frame I thought that the line of bikes and the tourists taking a “selfie” were a nice contrast.

Sydney

  1. I don’t often take photos of people like this one taken on a tram on Sydney’s light rail system. Everyone seemed to be on their phone and didn’t notice me with the camera.
  2. Queen Victoria Building . This is one of my favourite buildings in Sydney. I was a bit annoyed to find the man with the cigarette in my best shot but actually I think it makes it a good city scene now I’ve cropped it a bit.
  3. Sydney Harbour. Sydney and Melbourne seem to be in competition for largest number of skyscrapers.

Adelaide

  1. Rundle Mall Adelaide 2012. I took several photos in Rundle Mall last time I was in Adelaide as I was afraid that by the time I came again they would have completely ruined it with ugly new developments. I get especially angry about that because I grew up in Adelaide.
  2. Light Rail Adelaide. After removing most of their tram lines in the 1950s Adelaide is now in the process of putting them back.
  3. Adelaide Arcade is a rather grand and beautiful arcade off Rundle Mall.

Hobart

  1. Hobart’s Red Decker tourist bus on a sunny Saturday afternoon last summer
  2. The recently refurbished Cat and Fiddle Arcade at Christmas
  3. A mixture of old and new architecture taken from a Hobart rooftop.

 

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

5 thoughts on “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – All About Cities”

  1. Great city photos! It’s interesting to see scenes from several different capitols. I think the people add interest and realism to the photos. I don’t usually take photos of strangers but I think they fit in photos of cities.

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    1. I agree. I probably wouldn’t do it in Geeveston, or if I did it would probably be someone I’d know and I’d say ” Do you mind if I use this on my blog?” but random strangers in a big city are different. Especially those phone happy commuters in Sydney, just about every person in that photo was either on a phone or had headphones on.

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