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Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Cityscape Bridges
Posted By RobG
Replies: 4
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Nice shot - as Todd mentioned, it's interesting to have the traffic lights included. I'm also curious to see that there's a bit if a starburst on the bridge lights. I don't remember the DA16-45 giving me that effect, although the Tamron 17-50 does.

For the non-Australians who might read this, some trivia comes to mind;

  • Before he became an actor, Paul Hogan was a rigger on the bridge. The scene in Crocodile Dundee where he swung off the Empire State building didn't bother him.

  • I believe that a bridge of the same type was built in the USA, but only two lanes wide - the engineers waited until the length of the Sydney bridge was known and made theirs a few metres longer in order to claim the "world's longest" title at the time (it appears to be the Bayonne Bridge in New York, 7 metres longer).

  • Originally, the Sydney Harbour bridge had four wide road lanes in the middle (two each way, later changed to six lanes), two rail lines on the western side and two tram lines on the eastern side as well as a pedestrian walkway. The tram lines were later removed and became the Cahill expressway.

  • At the time the bridge was opened, the population of Sydney was only about 1.2 million, and the crowd attending the opening was said to be over a quarter of the city population (but possibly as many as a million people).

  • As a child, I remember a family friend showing me a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald she had kept from the day the two halves of the bridge were joined. I don't remember whether she was part of that crowd who walked across the day it opened.

  • The impressive looking stone pylons actually play no role in supporting the bridge. They are purely decoration. The weight of the bridge is supported by four massive joints, two at each end, which are at the base of the pylons.

  • I was told on a school excursion that they are constantly painting the bridge. They start at one end, work their way to the other end, then start again. I don't think the repainting is as frequent these days, but there were issues with removing the original lead based paints and replacing them with newer safer formulations.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By RobG
Replies: 2,292
Views: 198,820
The last 100m would be impassable for an X-trail at the moment. Someone drove a Subaru that far, but I didn't risk the belly of my Mazda CX5. There were some large rocks (bread loaf to rugby ball size) on the last kilometre of the road which I'm glad I avoided. Besides, I needed the exercise! :lol:

Your pano is nice but a little dark on my screen. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
Cityscape Kyoto Japan
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 272
The name means - "Kin" (gold) "kaku" (building, paviliion) "ji" (temple). So it's the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. The temple is the whole complex of buildings, not simply the famous gold-coated one (which sadly is a replica of the original which was burned down). I swear there's a rock missing from this photo, but anyway it's a nice shot! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Landscape Uriarra
Posted By RobG
Replies: 2
Views: 261
I usually drive to Brindabella via Cotter. This time I went via Uriarra crossing. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Landscape Uriarra
Posted By RobG
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Uriarra by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Recent rain has brought a spring-like green to the pastures in the Australian Capital Territory. This view is looking toward the Murrumbidgee River in the valley below, and the Brindabella Ranges in the distance. Looking into the afternoon sun isn't the best light, but it's still a nice view. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Landscape The corner of the Territory
Posted By RobG
Replies: 4
Views: 160
Good to hear that you enjoyed the holiday! :) Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the Blue Mountains online. I had to remove a lot when I cancelled my pro membership of Flickr due to the changes in the TOS.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Landscape The corner of the Territory
Posted By RobG
Replies: 4
Views: 160
Thanks Todd! I hope your trip wasn't ruined by the pandemic. I guess you mean the Blue Mountains? The sandstones in the Sydney basin have spectacular colours, and the water and wind wear the rock into fascinating shapes. Glad you got to see it! There is a place called Green Mountains in Queensland in Lamington National Park which is one of my favourite places in the world. The mountains there are ancient remnants of a huge shield volcano, and most of what is left is covered in rainforest.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 5 Days Ago  
Stuck aperture on Pentax DA 16-85
Posted By RobG
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Thanks! I'll have to be satisfied with the other cameras for the previous day. The only vaguely successful Pentax shots from Saturday were with the Theta V.




I hope so, Steve!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Landscape The corner of the Territory
Posted By RobG
Replies: 4
Views: 160

The corner of the Territory
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Australia's Federal capital is in it's own territory in a similar fashion to the District of Columbia, but it's much bigger. The amount of land was chosen to include everything Canberra would need to survive independently as an entity. There's mountains for timber and a water catchment, plenty of land for suburbs, and a river running through the core which was dammed to make a lake as the centrepiece. Mount Coree sits on the Northwest corner of the Territory, half in New South Wales, and half in the Australian Capital Territory. At 1,421 metres (4,662 feet) above sea level, the peak is quite tall for Australia, where the tallest peak on the mainland is only 2,228m. Mount Coree's peak is quite narrow, and has a huge cliff on the NSW side. This view covers Southwest to Northeast.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By RobG
Replies: 2,292
Views: 198,820
Uriarra in the Australian Capital Territory


Uriarra
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

---------- Post added 30-03-20 at 12:18 AM ----------

Nearly at the top of Mount Coree. The peak marks the Northwest corner of the Australian Capital Territory


The corner of the Territory
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 Days Ago  
Stuck aperture on Pentax DA 16-85
Posted By RobG
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Thanks Noel. I'm just disappointed that this has happened to a lens which is only just over a year old, while I have other lenses much older which are going strong. I didn't drop the lens. Anyway, I've emailed CRK so hopefully I'll get some guidance tomorrow.

---------- Post added 29-03-20 at 11:12 PM ----------

FWIW this is (almost) what I wanted to photograph yesterday.


The corner of the Territory
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

I say almost, because I didn't walk the last 200m to the top of the peak when I went back today, because there was a lot more cloud. :(
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 Days Ago  
Stuck aperture on Pentax DA 16-85
Posted By RobG
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. It looks like the return spring on the aperture is broken. I just did a comparison test with the Tamron 17-50 and the Tamron lens is fine, so hopefully the camera is also fine. I know I've used the 16-85 a lot in the last 15 months, but I've used the Tamron a lot more, and it's aprture spring is fine, despite being a much cheaper lens. The Tamron does have an electronic fault, but it was an import from Hong Kong so no chance of fixing it when it was under warranty. Looks like I'll have to go back to the Tamron lens for a while. Next I have to decide whether to drive back to Mount Coree again to take the photos from yesterday all over again...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 Days Ago  
Stuck aperture on Pentax DA 16-85
Posted By RobG
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Any idea which contact(s) connect with aperture operation?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-28-2020, 06:28 AM  
Stuck aperture on Pentax DA 16-85
Posted By RobG
Replies: 12
Views: 532
I'm very upset to find that all the photos I took today are ruined. It looks like the aperture on the HDDA 16-85 is stuck wide open. Almost every photo is overexposed despite the camera being set to -0.5EV. Photos with the DFA 150-450 are fine, so it seems to be the 16-85 which has the problem. Has anyone experienced this with the 16-85? I just tried my 100 macro and it's fine. Using DOF preview on the 16-85 has no effect, although if I manually move the aperture mechanism, the iris does move, so it seems that the actuator isn't working. :(


Stuck aperture
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-24-2020, 04:28 AM  
Machinery Aircraft at HARS
Posted By RobG
Replies: 20
Views: 553
I haven't been to WA, unfortunately. Other than HARS, the Australian War Memorial has an excellent collection, and there's some beautifully restored aircraft, many in flying condition, at Temora in western NSW. The other aircraft collection I visited the day after HARS was the Fleet Air Arm collection at Nowra. The RAAF museum at Point Cook in Victoria is also quite interesting, and you mentioned Moorabbin which has that beautifully restored Beaufighter which I climbed into when I was a kid. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-24-2020, 03:06 AM  
Machinery Aircraft at HARS
Posted By RobG
Replies: 20
Views: 553

Grumman S-2G Tracker number 844
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

After the aircraft carrier Melbourne was decommissioned in 1982, the Trackers operated by the RAN were retired in 1983. Two were retained, and this example is maintained by HARS as the only airworthy example of the type in Australia. Note the huge spotlight on the folded starboard wing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-23-2020, 05:03 PM  
Nature An Echidna looking for ant nests
Posted By RobG
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Thanks! I've tried to photograph the Echidnas at Mulligan's Flat, and it's really hard to get a closeup which shows the eyes. I've been seriously underestimating the shutter speed needed to freeze the movement of a feeding Echidna. :o




Thanks Todd!




Thanks! This is a juvenile, I think. It was pretty small. I've seen quite a lot in recent years, which is fascinating because I didn't see one in the wild until I was 16. They seem to be locally common in some areas, but certainly very uncommon around the outskirts of big cities.

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For those who don't know about the Echidna, it's one of the living dinosaurs we have in Australia. Unlike most Australian furry animals, the Echidna (along with the Platypus) is a monotreme not a marsupial. The Echidna lays eggs like a reptile but suckles its young with milk like a marsupial. The spines are similar to fingernails in structure, being modified hairs. The Echidna is not related to other animals like the Porcupine.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-23-2020, 05:05 AM  
Machinery Aircraft at HARS
Posted By RobG
Replies: 20
Views: 553
Wow, Lucky! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-23-2020, 05:03 AM  
Nature An Echidna looking for ant nests
Posted By RobG
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-22-2020, 07:57 PM  
Machinery Aircraft at HARS
Posted By RobG
Replies: 20
Views: 553
It looked fabulous flying through the harbour.




Thank you! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-22-2020, 03:39 PM  
Machinery Aircraft at HARS
Posted By RobG
Replies: 20
Views: 553
Thanks! I have heaps of photos, but unfortunately I won't be able to put them all online. I've nearly reached my limit for photos on Flickr. :(




Wow! I wonder which test aircraft it was? The capabilities of software and computers in those days were a tiny fraction of what is possible now. I've only been in a Concorde once; one of the test aircraft is in the Fleet Air Arm museum in Yeovilton in the UK. It's so sad that they were retired.




Thanks Jer! They have a great collection at HARS. I will have to go back and take more photos of the outside of the 747-400 "Canberra", because I forgot to change modes on the camera, but who knows how long it will be before I can go back? :(
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-21-2020, 05:47 PM  
Machinery Aircraft at HARS
Posted By RobG
Replies: 20
Views: 553
One of the first aircraft we saw in the HARS collection was this Neptune.


P2V-7 Neptune at HARS
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Although the Neptune was operated by the ADF, this aircraft is actually from the French armed forces. One of the features of the Neptune which I learned about on the tour of HARS was the 70 million candlepower searchlight in the starboard tip-tank. You can see it in the distance on the left side of the photo. I also found out that the Grumman Tracker has a similar light.

---------- Post added 22-03-20 at 11:49 AM ----------



Although Connie is capable of carrying passengers, none are flown, sadly. I'll post a couple more photos of Connie. I think there are some aircraft elsewhere in the world which are close to flying condition but not currently operable. :(

---------- Post added 22-03-20 at 11:59 AM ----------


HARS Neptune A87-293
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

This is the main flying Neptune in the HARS collection, and was formerly operated by the ADF. You can see the front of one of the two jet engines which were used for extra thrust when it was required. The jet engines couldn't be operated continuously because they used the same high lead content fuel as the main engines, which could damage the turbine.

The brown dust on the top of the aircraft is ash from the recent bushfires.

---------- Post added 22-03-20 at 12:09 PM ----------


Remove before flight
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Don't forget to take the chicken off the pitot tube before flight! This Canberra trainer A84-502 is a static display at HARS and sadly not in flying condition. The round windows on the canopy somehow remind me of Snoopy wearing goggles!

---------- Post added 22-03-20 at 12:33 PM ----------


Super Constellation interior
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Clearly there's a lot of work going on inside the Super Constellation, but this gives you an idea of the interior. The seats were actually donated to HARS from Qantas and came from a Boeing 767.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-21-2020, 05:05 PM  
Machinery Aircraft at HARS
Posted By RobG
Replies: 20
Views: 553
I agree! It's a lovely aircraft. Here's a shot of Connie in flight. She did two passes down Sydney Harbour for the International Fleet Review in 2013.



PS I was told at HARS that at present, Connie is the only flying Super Constellation in the world.

Connie by RobGeraghty, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-21-2020, 07:24 AM  
Travel Nakamise
Posted By RobG
Replies: 6
Views: 207
Yes,difficult times. :(
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-21-2020, 07:21 AM  
Machinery Aircraft at HARS
Posted By RobG
Replies: 20
Views: 553
Thanks, and wow, lucky you! I can't complain because I've been up in a lot of different aircraft although the only military one was an Iroquois. :lol:
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