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The north shore of Hong Kong Island across Victoria Harbour is, perhaps, one of the most impressive skylines in the world. Panoramic views of iconic architectural edifices are complemented by the harbour with the surrounding mountains and ridges as backdrop.
Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 35mm | 1/250s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 50mm | 1/250s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Central District, Hong Kong Island
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 48mm | 1/250s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

2 International Finance Centre (2IFC)Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/250s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Handheld

The skyscrapers that form the skyline include:
2 International Finance Centre (2003, César Pelli & Association Architects); Bank of China Tower (1990, I. M. Pei & Partners); Cheung Kong Center (1999, Cesar Pelli and Leo A. Daly); AIA Central (2005, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill); HSBC Main Building (1985, Foster and Partners); Jardine House (1972, Palmer & Turner); The Center (1998, Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd)

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Revisiting the Old Town Square, Prague in summer

This square comes alive with a much more exciting buzz in summer. I visited this historic city square three years ago in winter and I was already amazed by the architecture and activities happening all around the square. But the dynamics of activities and the mixture of sounds in the square are totally different in summer.
 Staroměstské Náměstí, Prague
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

I also had the chance this time to go up the Old Town Hall Tower for more stunning views of the square below and a 360deg panoramic view of Prague, the Vltava River and the Castle Hill.

Old Town Square
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Old Town Square, Prague
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Pastel Houses, Old Town Square
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 100 | Handheld

Church of our Lady Before Týn
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 60mm | 1/125s @ f/5.6 | ISO 100 | Handheld

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April 25 is the national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand – ANZAC Day – “that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served“.

War memorials and monuments across Australia are sites of annual observances of ANZAC Day:

Shrine of Remembrance (St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria)
Architects: Phillip Hudson and James Wardrop
Construction: 1927-1934
Architectural styles: Neo-Classical, Art Deco
Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 6s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Tripod

East buttress, Shrine of RemembranceNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 90mm | 8s @ f/11 | ISO 100 | Tripod

National War Memorial (North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia)
Architects: Louis Laybourne-Smith with Walter Bagot and Rayner Hoff
Completed: 1926
Architectural style: Art Deco
Adelaide War MemorialNikon E4100 | 9.1mm | 1/143s @ f/3.4 | ISO 50 | Handheld

War Memorial, North TerraceNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/90s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Australian War Memorial (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)
Architects: Emil Sodersten and John Crust
Completed: 1941
Architectural styles: Byzantine architecture, Art Deco
Australian War MemorialNikon E4100 | 7.5mm | 1/144s @ f/6.2 | ISO 50 | Handheld

Great Ocean Road (Torquay to Allansford, Victoria)
World’s largest war memorial-dedicated to casualties of World War I
Construction: 1919 and 1932 by returned soldiers
Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Samsung ST500 | 4.9mm | 1/500s @ f/3.5 | ISO 80 | Handheld

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.  – Ode of Remembrance, Laurence Binyon
Lest we forget.

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Melbourne is known for its diverse range of street art. The city’s local government recognises the importance of street art in contributing to a vibrant urban culture in that it approves permits for street art with building owners permission.

Exploring the laneways and alleyways in the city can be a photowalk adventure:
Stevenson Lane, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/15s @ f/5.6 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Croft Alley, MelbourneNikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/8s @ f/4.8 | ISO 800 | Handheld

at Croft Alley, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 24mm | 1/15s @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Handheld

... what is that?Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 52mm | 1/30s @ f/5.6 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Stevenson Lane, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/8s @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Handheld

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North Terrace is the premier boulevard in Adelaide and much of the impressive building facades along the avenue have been preserved and remained intact. These majestic edifices never fail to enthrall architecture buffs and captivate photography flâneurs. My favourites are those that line the south side of North Terrace between Gawler Place and King William Street. The following photo montage features four of those buildings [L-R] – Verco Building (1912), Liberal Club Building (1924), Goldsborough House (1935) and Shell House (1931):

North Terrace (Adelaide, SA) building facades
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

North Terrace, Adelaide
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 22mm | 1/125s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

North Terrace, Adelaide
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 28mm | 1/320s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

North Terrace
Nikon D40x | Nikon 18-55mm @ 38mm | 1/200s @ f/5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Liberal Club Building (1924)
North Terrace, Adelaide
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 32mm | 1/80s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Liberal Club Building (1924) facade detail
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 55mm | 1/80s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Goldsborough House (1935)
former Goldsborough House (1935)
Nikon D40x | Nikon 18-55mm @ 55mm | 1/100s @ f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Goldsborough House (1935) facade detail
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 75mm | 1/80s @ f/5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Verco Building (1912)
Verco Building (1912) facade detail
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 80mm | 1/60s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

View some of the images of these buildings from 1924 to 1950s (from the archives of the State Library of Australia and the National Library of Australia).

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Melbourne’s CBD and Yarra River viewed from the 88th Floor of Eureka Tower (Eureka Skydeck 88).
Melbourne CDB
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 29mm | 1/100s @ f/5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Melbourne's Yarra River
Nikon D200 | 18-200mm VR @ 26mm | 1/160s @ f/5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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Degraves Street, Melbourne
Degraves Street, Melbourne
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 48mm | 1/30s @ f/4.5 | ISO 400 | Handheld

Florence
Florence, Italy
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 48mm | 1/20s @ f/4.5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

San Marco District, Venice
San Marco District, Venice
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 46mm | 1/30s @ f/4.5 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Josefov (Jewish Quarter), Prague
Josefov (Jewish Quarter), Prague
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 62mm | 1/50s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Old Town, Geneva
rue de la Cité, Geneva, Switzerland
Nikon E4100 | 8.5mm | 0.002s @ f/3.3 | ISO 50 | Handheld

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