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How could you resist composing a shot like this? Clear blue winter sky. Bright red roof. Highly visible yellow signs. And a laconic Aussie sign that says “Keep Right” while the arrow points left! 1,203 views on 9 November 2013.
This is the famous Ettamogah Pub, just outside Albury in New South Wales. I’ve stopped here many times and shot the pub in many different weather conditions, but when I stopped there briefly on June 5 this year (2009), the sky was flawless. It was also a marvellous counterpoint for the fresh red paint on the distinctive metal roof.
The Ettamogah Pub is based on a fictional pub in a famous Outback cartoon series. It all started with the late Ken Maynard, an Australian police officer who began contributing cartoons in 1958 to a magazine called “The Australasian Post”.
His fictional “Ettamogah Pub” – and its strong-jawed Outback drinkers in their blue singlets and shorts – became so famous that someone had the great idea of reconstructing the pub in real life.
Interestingly, the project posed a special problem for the architects because there were no right angles or straight lines in Maynard’s rendering!
The pub is a huge tourist attraction – despite the sign outside that proclaims with dry Aussie humour, "Free Beer Tomorrow’’.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F9.5, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, focal length 98mm.
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