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Victoria Dock, Hobart—Kodachrome 64 by Brett Rogers

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Photographed in Spring 2010

Victoria Dock Hobart, Tasmania, home of local fishing and cray boats, testifies to the state’s strong maritime connections and history by it’s proximity to the city’s central business district. Only five minutes walk from the city’s GPO, the boats moor with their nets and crayfish pots stacked quietly, waiting for their next trip. Mount Wellington watches over the city in the distance, a dusting of Spring snow covering its summit.

Is there any doubt that Hobart is the most liveable capital city in Australia?

Between the port on the River Derwent and the mountain, this image reveals the keys to Hobart’s early success.

The many rivulets—creeks to mainland Australians—fed the fledgling colony of Hobarton, and its famous Cascade brewery, the country’s oldest, with a reliable supply of fresh water that made the settlement on the Derwent Eastern shore viable, (unlike earlier attempts across the river).

The port district is a living link to the role of waterways, as the prime means of moving people and goods in 19th century Van Diemans Land, and capturing vital fish to help feed the colony.

I took the photograph with the second and last of two rolls of Kodak Kodachrome 64 transparency film I exposed in and around Hobart, during Winter and Spring 2010.

This roll was exposed through a classic 1959 Voigtländer Bessamatic SLR. It was fitted with a Voigtländer Super Dynarex 135mm f/4 telephoto for this picture.

These rolls were mailed to Dwaynes Photo in Parson Kansas, USA, in late December 2010, for processing just before they decommissioned the world’s last remaining K-14 Kodachrome processing laboratory. From my investigations, it seems this was the last roll of Kodachrome ever exposed in Tasmania.

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Tasmanian Brett Rogers captures landscape, cityscape, and architectural photographs in and around his home town of Hobart. He also provides quality black and white film processing services and tuition in traditional film photography.

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Comments

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanalmost 3 years ago

    I never tire of these harbour shots. I like your portrait composition here Brett with the juxtaposition of the masts and “the stick” on the mountain. Tony

  • Thanks Tony. I did portrait and landscape images of the scene but felt found the portrait orientation worked best for the reasons you mention. I do know what you mean, whenever I get in to the city early on a Saturday morning for instance, I tend to gravitate towards the docks myself! Appreciate the kind words and the favourite greatly!
    Regards,
    Brett

    – Brett Rogers

  • James2001
    James2001almost 3 years ago

    Brett, Lots of goodies to look at in this shot, very nice. Quite a beautiful place between the mountains and water. I wonder if the foreground sailboat “Bernadette” has a mizzen mast back there since the main mast is so far forward. James

  • I will try to find that out if it still there the next time I visit, James! I love Hobart, I was not born here but moved a few years ago, and personally, I think it is the best city in Australia, just the right size, a great lifestyle and very beautiful. Thanks for those kind words, they’re always appreciate!
    Regards,

    – Brett Rogers

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...almost 3 years ago

    Nice work Brett – really captures Hobart’s flavour. Nice compositionally too with all those verticals. And it looks C O L D!

  • Thanks so much Odille. I honestly can’t remember what it was like on the day but Hobart is a funny old place. Sometimes it can be minus 2 on the top of the mountain and a sunny 16 degrees in the city. It may not have been quite as chilly by the water as it looks up on the mountain…The city’s wonderful climate is a bit of a secret, it actually doesn’t rain all winter here and we get some gorgeous winter days (and some simply glorious winter light, too).
    Cheers
    Brett

    – Brett Rogers

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Great description and a delightful shot

  • Thank you so much for your very kind words.
    Regards,
    -

    – Brett Rogers

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 2 years ago

    This photo is eligible to be entered in our $20 challenge for January 2012. Good luck!

  • Wow! I’m humbled, thank you, thank you!
    Regards,
    -

    – Brett Rogers

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 2 years ago


  • Thanks!
    Best Regards,
    -

    – Brett Rogers

  • Derwent-01
    Derwent-01over 2 years ago

  • Thanks so much Greg, I’m pleased you liked it mate! Much appreciated!!
    Regards,
    -

    – Brett Rogers

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