A few days ago, I went with my son as the day faded from afternoon to evening to get some images of Brisbane along its broad river a little upstream of the CBD. It was a lot of fun and I managed to score some iconic images of the river, its bridges and our fair city.
Tis expedition was largely exploratory and we intend going back again, in the near future, to take more images from similar viewpoints but while there is more light and colour in the sky. Next time the images should be even more striking.
Train across the river
The ‘Top of the Town’ is a group of retail and commercial buildings along Brisbane Street in Ipswich (40ms west of Brisbane) that is fighting back against urban changes that saw a flight of business from the city’s CBD since at least the 1980s.
These old spaces now contain trendy coffee bars and antique shops among other new uses. Most of the architecture is from the beginning of the 20th Century and the new activities are a good fit.
Images in this post provide a glimpse of the some of the items for sale now in the ‘Top of the Town’.
Europeans first settled on Darwin Harbour during the 1870s. Since then the area has experienced waves of change which have left evidence of their impacts.
Several events in particular made their mark: the earliest settlement to service the undersea telegraph to Asia and Europe; gold mining in the late 19th Century which drew thousands of Chinese to the Top End; the growth of air transport and links to the wider world, expanding government presence and defence preparations between the wars; bombing raids on the town in 1942 and 1943; the growth of civil community after the war; and then Cyclone Tracy in 1974.
This post includes recent images recording some of the evidence of these events and changes.
I went to Brisbane’s South Bank to check out the Brisbane Wheel at night, and these are some of the images I came away with. In two of them the rotating wheel is reflected in the new ABC Brisbane studios, still under construction.
All of the images required the use of a small aperture (mostly f25 or f29) and shutter speeds between 4 and 20 seconds.