Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs

Signs of the Times

I notice signs and I often take photos of funny signs I see when I am out and about or the faded ghost signs often found on the side of old buildings.

Today while I was at the Op Shop I snapped a couple of pictures of signs on my phone.  We were not too happy about having to put this first one up but a few people take advantage of our sale by stuffing way too many things into their bags which is unfair to the rest of the customers.

We have the $5 sale every school holidays and the entire month of July every year. The money raised at the shop all goes back to support our local community so it is a bit disappointing when people try to take advantage.

A notice at the Op Shop

This one is more humourous. Sorry it’s not a great photo. I was holding the phone above my head.

A funny sign at the Op Shop

I do enjoy funny signs and snapped these two in shop windows in Hobart I think.

So it is!
Seen in a Hobart Shop Window

Here are a couple I spotted outside a church near Bellerive Oval.

You have been warned.
Ricky is former Australian Cricket captain Ricky Ponting, a Tasmanian.

 

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fountains

Fountains

Fountains add some visual relief amongst the steel, concrete and glass of big cities. When they are tropical cities they are an even more welcome sight.

This is a very simple fountain in Southbank in Brisbane. I think it is an older one and in fact it reminds me of the fountain that used to stand outside the South Australian Museum in North Terrace although it is smaller and less elaborate.

Fountain at Southbank in Brisbane.

In Kuala Lumpur we saw several fountains. The first two were located in the gardens outside the National Mosque. I especially like the lotus shaped one but it really does look much nicer in colour.

Fountain outside the National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
Lotus shaped fountain, Kuala Lumpur

The next two photos were taken at KLCC Park which is a lovely landscaped park which surrounds the Petronas Towers and Suria shopping centre. Apparently they do a light show at night but unfortunately we had to leave before dark so we didn’t see it.

Fountain in KLCC Park,, Kuala Lumpur
Fountain in KLCC Park,, Kuala Lumpur

In Singapore we saw this fountain outside a grand building known as Chijmes. Formerly a convent and school it is now a function centre with bars and restaurants.

Fountain at Chijmes , Singapore

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention

My entry for the challenge this week is like a TV station in the non rating season. Repeat, repeat, repeat.  I was not able to go out and photograph anything new so instead I have taken some photos that I have used before and done something different with them.

Fire Stations

The Fire Station in Kings Cross Sydney.
Hobart Fire Station

Fire Engines

An old fire engine

Fire Fighters

A local firefighter having a bit of fun at Christmas.
Fire fighters from Launceston having a day out.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

Birds of a Feather

This week has been a rotten one for taking photos. The birds in my garden have been uncooperative and although my phone may be smart I am not. At least not where it is concerned and it took me all my time to take photos for the Fun Foto Challenge this week . In my files I had some photos of birds I had taken at Lake Dulverton in Oatlands some years ago. This is the spot where Naomi walks her dogs. I am still trialling Adobe Photo Shop Elements so I had a play with it to make these.

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal (No Birds)

Pets and a Potaroo

I did a spot of house sitting  several years ago for friends who had a hobby farm near Franklin. The little dog I only minded once and I have forgotten her name. The cat Chloe was very friendly and would sleep on the bed with me and pat my face when she wanted me to get up. Sadly both went over the Rainbow Bridge some years ago now.

I have forgotten the name of this little dog who was owned by a friend I used to house sit for.
Chloe was also owned by my friend.

Oliver was an orphan lamb who was hand reared. He was named Oliver because he always wanted some more. The goats as far as I know did not have names.

Oliver, a pet lamb.
Nameless goats

The Potaroo, one of many that visited the property was not a pet, they were considered pesky freeloaders. My friends grew vegetables and had strawberries and raspberries and these were all in netted enclosures. I had to make certain that I shut the doors firmly after I went inside them to water or pick anything. Still although they are cheeky these little wallaby like animals are rather cute.

Cheeky potaroo

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Trains & Tracks

Trains and Tracks

I found some very old photos recently while sorting out some of my old stuff. I am a real hoarder and my place looks nearly as bad as the ones on those terrible reality TV shows. The thing is I love to collect old stuff and I hate wastage and throwing away things that are vintage in particular. I love old stuff and when I found I still had these old photos taken years ago I was amazed and thrilled. I had taken the diesel photos in 1976 while showing a friend around SA from WA. He asked me to take the photos with his spare camera so he would have more pictures. I told him I had no idea how to use such a complex camera. I only had a Kodak Instamatic. He said you can’t be that bad and thrust the camera into my reluctant hands. I took these B&W shots of two different diesel hauled trains. One was a passenger train going to Victor Harbour a branch line off the main line to Melbourne. The other one a freight was probably on the main line. It’s years ago now and I never recorded the information. The other pictures of the railway workshops are in Launceston and were only taken a few years ago. The workshops are now a museum and I was lucky enough to mostly have the place to myself when I took the photos that I had to change to black and white.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trains & Tracks

On Track

Of course I have lots of pictures of trains, hundreds in fact, but most of them were taken when we used film cameras, some are even on slide film. I’ll try to find some on the computer that I haven’t shared before or at least not too often. I have again used Adobe Photo Elements 2018 to edit these and played with some different effects.

This is a rerun. I have used it at least once before but I like it. It was taken in the Adelaide Railcar Depot where we used to work. It is a 300 Class diesel railcar probably built in the late 1950s.  They had no air conditioning and in summer got very hot, especially when they had been sitting in the yard for hours. They were like ovens and we had to clean them.

South Australian Railways 300 class railcar

Another picture I’ve probably used before but with a different effect. Museum Station in Sydney. Museum is one of our favourites because of its old-time decor so it perfectly suits the vintage look and I even added some scratches.

Museum Station, Sydney 2012

Tracks can also be for trams. Here is one at the Tram Museum at Loftus outside Sydney.

Vintage Tram, Loftus NSW 2012

A V Line locomotive at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne 2014. I shot this through a glass window and was unable to get rid of the reflections but if you look closely you can see a tram reflected in the middle of the picture.

V Line loco, Melbourne 2014

Then of course there are model railways. This one was at a show in Sunbury, Victoria 2014.

Model train, Sunbury 2014

This last one is very old, taken on a trip to Alice Springs in the 1980s, one of the few I have of this class of locomotive. At the time this was taken you had to go to Port Pirie or Port Augusta, South Australia to see one as they were on standard gauge and the main line to Adelaide was still broad gauge so seeing the standard gauge diesels was exciting.

Diesel locomotive probably Alice Springs 1980s