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Old February 1st, 2008, 01:01 PM   #201
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Hey Gappa ..... Mr KF and I will be visiting Wonderful Melbourne in May and we were wondering if we are able to take photographs as we please or are there areas in the city that are restricted ..... we are very, very excited to finally see Melbourne (we will probably move there in the not-so-distant future) ... Thanks for your help mate.
Some train stations do not allow photography (although as government property they have no real right to disallow you), but if asked will most likely let you. I guess some government buildings are also a bit sensitive about this stuff and may have bans in place. If you're on the street you can take photos of whatever you want and even in the afore mentioned locales I've never been stopped from taking my snaps. Basically snap away until someone asks you to stop (and then only if they're in the right).

Oh and you can't take photos in some theatres and of travelling art and museum exhibitions.

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Old February 1st, 2008, 08:06 PM   #202
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Thanks for your beautiful pictures of Melbourne! I love venturing the city and its fringes through your photos!
As for the picture above, I love that sign, as I don't think anyone in the States would dare post something this truthful!
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Old February 5th, 2008, 02:16 AM   #203
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St Kilda - a day by the bay.

St Kilda is Melbourne's seaside playground, and has been ever since it was established in the early colonial period. Over the years it has transformed from an exclusive resort town for the rich to a working class fun zone, a Jewish haven, a backpacker mecca and another corner of Melb's bohemian cacophony.

Please join me for a stroll around this most interesting of suburbs.

First stop is Acland St where we get of the number 96. Acland St is a short vibrant cafe/bar/restaurant strip, which always seems to be buzzing. My favourite things here though are the old Jewish cake shops; yum!

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Further east is the civic heart of St Kilda, with it's imposing town hall and book shaped library. Unfortunately we miss out on seeing these (and the notorious streetwalker strip of Inkerman St) as I instead decided to head south to the beach.

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These blocks of flats show you a pretty good example of the dominant type of architecure around these parts.

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Hold on; when did we arrive in Albania? Yuck!

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Luna Park has been entertaining Melburnians for almost one hundred years; and don't we just love it!

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Ooh - market time.

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Is the espy Melbourne's best pub?

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Maybe, but let's pop down to the St Kilda sea baths for some lunch, and then a stroll along the St Kilda pier.

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Then it's back up to Fitzroy St where another contendor for Melbourne's best pub is located - The Prince of Wales.

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On one of days that I visited - Fitzroy St was getting prepared for the annual pride march. Unfortunately I had to leave before it got underway, but I still got some shots of the preperation. For more info on said parade check out the Midsumma festival (Melbourne's LBGT festival) website.

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Before the parade they had one of the final events in the 'Out Games'.

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That's about it folks, thanks for coming on this short tour with me. But remember there's much more to St Kilda than you see here - so why not come and visit?

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Old February 5th, 2008, 02:23 AM   #204
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love the tour!

and were those custard slices i see?
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Old February 5th, 2008, 02:43 AM   #205
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I love a custard slice, too.. and these pics just get better and better gappa!
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Old February 5th, 2008, 04:07 AM   #206
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I believe the proper term is 'snot-block'.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 03:57 PM   #207
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thanks Gappa for the tour

if only we would have bumped each other then as I was there too !
And i did take same spots (or noticing) as you did...
so bizzare!

i did stay for the parade though....


was it nice pizza at the beachcomber?


btw - it was nice catching up today!
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Old February 5th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #208
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Lucky pigs!!! You are so fortunate to live in livable melbourne and not NYC or SF where i have lived recently -- yuck
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Old February 5th, 2008, 10:27 PM   #209
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I'll grant you they are very lucky guys to live in beautiful Melbourne, but I imagine I would quite enjoy living in NYC or San Francisco for a bit!
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Old February 5th, 2008, 11:18 PM   #210
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Some train stations do not allow photography (although as government property they have no real right to disallow you), but if asked will most likely let you. I guess some government buildings are also a bit sensitive about this stuff and may have bans in place. If you're on the street you can take photos of whatever you want and even in the afore mentioned locales I've never been stopped from taking my snaps. Basically snap away until someone asks you to stop (and then only if they're in the right).

Oh and you can't take photos in some theatres and of travelling art and museum exhibitions.

Thanks Gappa, we arrive on the 17th of May, armed with our cameras and ready to shoot Cheers mate
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Old February 6th, 2008, 12:57 AM   #211
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I'll grant you they are very lucky guys to live in beautiful Melbourne, but I imagine I would quite enjoy living in NYC or San Francisco for a bit!
Those pokey little backwaters; why would you want to live there TB?

The food at the Beachcomber was ok Ali. I had the $25 lunch special, which included entree, main and a glass of wine. The serves weren't huge but for lunch they were servicable.

Thanks for all the kind words guys.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 02:13 AM   #212
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Victorian Interiors.

These following shots showcase the interiors of some of Melbourne's old financial and civic buildings. Namely: the Gothic bank, the old stock exchange, the Commercial bank, and the old GPO.

These first two shots show the old Stock exchange and Gothic bank, which are located on the corner of Collins and Queen streets in Melbourne's CBD.

The Stock exchange.

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The Gothic bank. (to the right of the intersection.)

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And here are their interiors.

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Next is the Commerical bank also on Collins St. This old bank has been completely surrounded by a skyscraper and now forms the lobby/slash atrium in the new building.

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And these few are of the old General Post Office. The interior of this building was gutted by fire about five years ago and has since been refitted as a shopping arcade.

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These are the first pics that I've resized myself in photoshop. I'd like some feedback as to whether they're too big or small, and if the quality is still alright. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 10:19 AM   #213
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gappa
i was going to tell u earlier
i prefer this size rather than smaller size ie st kilda photos

the larger size has more impact IMHO


btw - great collection -
that is my bank that i work for!
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Old February 7th, 2008, 11:49 AM   #215
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These are the first pics that I've resized myself in photoshop. I'd like some feedback as to whether they're too big or small, and if the quality is still alright. Any help would be appreciated.
I would make them bigger - at least 800x533 or 533x800 for vertical orientation. Quality of at least 200kb per image - then you are set!! (You are presently posting at 587 x 440 @ 80kb's) Then you can learn to set levels in photoshop and you will blow us all away! None-the-less they are great pics BTW. (Your poor PENTAX Optio WPi must be suffering from shutter fatigue by now!!)
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Old February 7th, 2008, 12:13 PM   #216
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Thanks for all the comments guys.

I have been setting the levels on some of my photos Mr Kiwi, including those posted today, but I've generally been keeping them at original size.

Here's an example of the original image (2304 x 1728) and 566467 bytes, reduced so as to fit on the screen:

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Here's the adjusted image I posted above (587 x 440) 109732 bytes:

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I'll make them bigger and a bit sharper next time.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 12:28 PM   #217
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Somewhere in between would be great @ 200000bytes The more bytes the more bite ....... nothing more than 300 000bytes or you will find your images been sold around the globe.
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yep
somewhere in between

like your 1st photo of Stock Exchange photo
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Old February 8th, 2008, 03:22 AM   #219
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Alright I'm thinking that this is about the right size/resolution/quality:

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yes/no?

Hmmm that lens needs a bit of a swab.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 04:28 AM   #220
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Taller Better. I wouldn't have any problems with living in 'unlivable' NY or SF either :P - that was a strange comment.

And SYDNEY, when you arrive in Melb, I'll be living there (I'm moving over in the end of April, along with every other young person in Australia) - I think Gappa should take us out for motzaballs and bagels in St Kilda

You'll love Melbourne, it's ******* awesome there.
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