Australia Day, 26 January is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788

Old GPO, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Canon 50D, 50mm f1.8
Available light
Straight from camera, no post-ed

Featured DSLR Users Group 29th Jan 2011

Featured 50mm Prime 31stJan2011


australia day, summer, melbourne, gpo, umbrella, brolly, flag, canon50d, reflections, street photography

Capturing people being people, and the finer details of four and two wheeled blingy classic automotives – two fave ‘topics’ of imagery :-))

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  • Vince Russell
    Vince Russellover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Ell. The red umbrella is striking, but it’s reflection is what really does it for me!! Nice shot of the old GPO too :o))

  • Thank you Vince :o)) … appols for the tardy reply :o/
    I’m a nut when it comes to shiney things, including reflective surfaces! :-D The old GPO has been grande of late with all sorts of wonderful images :o)))

    – Ell-on-Wheels

  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanover 3 years ago

    Wonderful 50mm work Ell, I concur with Vincent – love the reflection!

  • Thank you Gwynne :o)) The 50mm has become my fave lens for all sorts of images, especially street … purchased a Sigma 10-20 a few days ago though, itching to try this on the street!! :-D Ohh! and landscape too of course! ;o))

    – Ell-on-Wheels

  • Cassandra Purkiss
    Cassandra Purkissover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work. Lovely effect with the reflection :)

  • Thank you Cassandra :o))
    The recent floods have been devastating as you well know, but rain (in moderation!) can be great for images! :o)))

    – Ell-on-Wheels

  • james smith
    james smithover 3 years ago

    The reflections are fantastic! Is the sidewalk granite or concrete ?

  • Thanks so much James :o) … apolls for the tardy reply :o/
    I’m inclined (but guessing!) to say the pavement is granite, given the sections and age of the GPO, but really can’t be sure … so much of Melb’s old footpaths have been replaced with ‘safer’ concrete, which doesn’t lift and unexpectedly trip people up :o/

    – Ell-on-Wheels

  • geof
    geofover 3 years ago

    standing to attention on our special day – they cast a nice reflection.

  • Thank you Geof :o))

    – Ell-on-Wheels

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 3 years ago

    Oh this is Fab love the wet paverments and the colours muted but strong if that makes sense.

  • Hehe, makes perfect sense Karen :o)))
    Thank you very much!! :-D

    – Ell-on-Wheels

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotover 3 years ago

    As you will come to find – a prime lens – a single size not a zoom – will give pinsharp images and great depth of field and cool colours. Reflections in water as a result of rain are always atmospheric. Love the REDS, THE BLUES, the columns in the water and the flags in the background.
    Wot a composition (excellent), love the scale of the people in the shot and the guy who didnt quite dress for the weather !!!

  • Hiya Paul :o))
    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment/s, appreciated as always :o)))
    Love my little prime, but will have to replace it soon with an upgrade, f1.8 is not quite built for the ‘over use’ it gets ;o))
    Once upon a time (in a former life as a cyclist) used to hate the rain … but as a ‘photographer’, now love it when it rains for the endless ‘shiney/reflective’ image opportunities! :-D

    – Ell-on-Wheels

  • Gordon Pressley
    Gordon Pressleyover 3 years ago

    Top Shelf Ell !! *-)

  • Thanks so much Gordo! :o)))

    – Ell-on-Wheels

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    Just a super shot, Ell! Love the wet paving stones and blurred reflections against those strong vertical pillars. And thanks for educating me about the day (tomorrow here ;)

  • Thank you, just lurve a wet or reflective (or both!!) surface!! :o)))
    Belated “Happy Australia Day” Jan!! :-D

    – Ell-on-Wheels

  • Judith Cahill
    Judith Cahillover 3 years ago

    This is a really goos composition….love it

  • Thank you very much Jude, irresistable reflections! :o))
    Not enough colour though for acceptance by some groups, apparently ;o)
    Pfft! :o)))

    – Ell-on-Wheels

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