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A Blast from the Past


Again showcasing what a fine little travel camera the XZ-1 is. I took along the E-3 as backup but it didn't get used.

I was taken with the old world charm of what must originally have been a small grocery store at Maldon, Central Victoria.
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I'm not sure whether Ye Olde Bard and and Anne Hathaway ever sought lodgings in Maldon, or whether the
establishment was the subject of a sonnet or two. The question remains a mystery shrouded by the mists of time.
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No placard to indicate what it once was, possibly some kind of engineering workshop. If you can read the faded signage I would be grateful!
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The location now changes to Rochester, once another prosperous Gold Mining town.
Commercial Hotels throughout Australia catered for commercial travellers and business men.
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I found the assymetry of the entrance somewhat puzzling - perhaps at some time the right side window was a kiosk of sorts.
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Perhaps not the most stylish of wedding gowns and possibly not that worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
As a former wedding toger I often wonder how big a market there is for such pre-loved gowns.
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I have been obliged to crop out the ground floor of this and other buildings of the period as I abhor the anachonism of
ugly, modern, angled parked vehicles that sit in front of them. (Mine, being closer to the period, is quite in keeping )
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This is the rather impressive Murray Goulburn plant at Rochester which greets the visitor entering from the Eastern side of town.
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This is the final set of my Maryborough trip, I hope you enjoyed it and found the tour as interesting as I did.
I should be more conversant with history but as with the names of flora and fauna I leave such details to academics, like Lyn and Ross!
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Re: A Blast from the Past

Hi Mark,

I continue to be intrigued and amazed by the range of old and new that you see. Interestingly often the old looks as well looked after as the new.

Good collection.

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Re: A Blast from the Past

A very interesting set of images. Great verity of buildings.
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Re: A Blast from the Past

A superb set - makes me really want to return to the country of my birth after 50 years

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Re: A Blast from the Past

Thanks again for letting me go along with your trip. Would like to get more info on those windows.
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Hi Mark, I continue to be intrigued and amazed by the range of old and new that you see. Interestingly often the old looks as well looked after as the new. Good collection. Amanda
Many of our old buildings have a National Heritage classification, and in some cases, so do some towns, such as Maldon for instance. Development there is strictly regulated, thankfully no MacDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken (YUK)
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A superb set - makes me really want to return to the country of my birth after 50 years - Ian
Well then, g'day, g'day, g'day mate! As a fair dinkum Aussie no need to return illegally on an Indonesian fishing boat! Thanks Ian
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Thanks again for letting me go along with your trip. Would like to get more info on those windows.
You're most welcome, Ed. Like Tipperary, it's a long way to Rochester and it may be a while before I get back there to ask about those windows.
Speaking of Tipperary, we have one here in the old Victorian Goldfields - the Tipperary Walking Track which I need to do before my legs fall off!
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Re: A Blast from the Past

Mark, what fun in travels you are having at this time of year Miles and Miles and lots of SMILES here too

Fab images lurve that hotel, top and know exactly what you mean - I captured lots of fab old buildings in the USA which unfortunately, were littered by modern ve-hicles (all on 35 film and in boxes and boxes int he loft ... so would take years to sort/find/scan ... one day I shall
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A very interesting set of images. Great variety of buildings.
Thanks Derek.
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Re: A Blast from the Past

Very interesting set. They didn't scrimp on materials or styling, did they!

I think the signs in the third one are CHAFF STORE and CORN CRUSHING.

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Mark, what fun in travels you are having at this time of year Miles and Miles and lots of SMILES here too
Fab images lurve that hotel, top and know exactly what you mean - I captured lots of fab old buildings in the USA which unfortunately, were littered by modern ve-hicles (all on 35 film and in boxes and boxes int he loft ... so would take years to sort/find/scan ... one day I shall
You're dead right, Chevvy - throughout winter and at this time of year is great for photography. I am dreading the summer which will keep me indoors for four or five months when the mercury rises up to 45'C. I'm hoping to get in a few more getaways before the big heat.
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Very interesting set. They didn't scrimp on materials or styling, did they!
I think the signs in the third one are CHAFF STORE and CORN CRUSHING.
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Many thanks John ... you are brilliant, your eyes and cognitive functions far exceed mine!
I've been trying to figure those words from the image for quite a long time.
When I was there I did not even look at the wording, I focused only on composing a rustic old building.
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Re: A Blast from the Past

Great shots and wonderful subjects. Put two cameras in the bag and I think the smallest will usually win.
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Great shots and wonderful subjects. Put two cameras in the bag and I think the smallest will usually win.
I'm sure that's so, Internaut.
When mobile phones first came on the market they were great bricks of things, and now look what we got!
Advances in Camera technology have headed the same way.
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Even if I can't remember Maryborough Mark, I can remember Maldon. A really gorgeous little Olde-Worlde town with some quaint buildings.
You are right about a smaller camera for travelling. I am so enjoying the EM-5 even if it is leading me at the moment and not me leading it!
I am getting fonder of it every day and it's wonderful versatility.
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Re: A Blast from the Past

If the OMD had credible track focusing then I would have bought it. Maybe the next generation will.
Aside from that I am seeing on forum that the OMD outputs very high IQ. However, for my money the XZ-1 with high IQ at under $300 and its fast F1.8 lens was much better value. It doesn't do interchangeable lenses but I have found its zoom range is adequate for most situations.
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If the OMD had credible track focusing then I would have bought it. Maybe the next generation will.
Aside from that I am seeing on forum that the OMD outputs very high IQ. However, for my money the XZ-1 with high IQ at under $300 and its fast F1.8 lens was much better value. It doesn't do interchangeable lenses but I have found its zoom range is adequate for most situations.
We all have to consider what is suitable for our needs at any given time. As with most things in life, purchasing cameras is but a compromise.
I am still content with interchangeable lenses, wished to employ the lenses I have, and stretch myself - especially with Macro. BIF is not high on my priority list so the tracking was not important in my decision making.
This little camera is meeting most of my needs with versatility,and then some.
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