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Old 06-11-2008, 07:49 AM   #931
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Neat.

I'm sure you also appreciate the variety, rather than just more of Air New Zealand and the other domestic carriers.
I barely looked up when Air New Zealand and Qantas domestic were coming in. Because Pacific Blue is still rather rare, it's worth photographing.

Because of the lack of variety, i find a lot of fun is in trying to take the best photo and improving on it, rather than spotting something really, really cool.
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I consider this as perhaps my best photo ever, to date.

Yeah, that's quality.
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And one to show just how long the 77W is

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The 777-300ER is huge.

For context, the diameter of just one of the engines is roughly the same as the diameter of the cabin of one of these


Air New Zealand 737-300
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I consider this as perhaps my best photo ever, to date.

Very cool!
Is it just me, or does it look like it's flexing in the middle...


Ooh, I saw in the MX today that we're getting these new yellow "bumble-bee" trams...? Apparently running on St Kilda and East Brunswick routes. They look like they should be able to go a lot faster than they will be!
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I barely looked up when Air New Zealand and Qantas domestic were coming in. Because Pacific Blue is still rather rare, it's worth photographing.

Because of the lack of variety, i find a lot of fun is in trying to take the best photo and improving on it, rather than spotting something really, really cool.
Oh, I know exactly what you mean. I rarely ever take photographs on the route 55 at my home and university stops now, since I've pretty much photographed it to death. I think the last time I got my camera out at my home stop was when Z3 209 and its white bumper rocked through on a West Coburg service while I waited for a Domain Interchange service. Though if I had a good zoom, I could take some awesome photos of trams descending Melville Road from Moreland Road; my current zoom is far too inadequate for that to be worth the effort.

When I'm in a photographic mood, I also sometimes intentionally get off trams or trains one stop early or late just to photograph a different location and get some variety.
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The 777-300ER is huge.

For context, the diameter of just one of the engines is roughly the same as the diameter of the cabin of one of these


Air New Zealand 737-300
Aww, it's so small and wee!




And dang, that's a big engine.
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How close are we meant to get to finishing the thread for Vazza to start one when she's up?


Air New Zealand 777-200 operating New Zealand 90 from Christchurch


If it seems like a big plane to be running this route, it is. It operates a triangular route - Auckland - Osaka - Christchurch - Auckland
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While I'm here... you interested in medieval illuminated manuscripts at all, Ax? (and any other Melbournites that might be around) I'm going to this free exhibition tomorrow night in the State Library.
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Ooh, I saw in the MX today that we're getting these new yellow "bumble-bee" trams...? Apparently running on St Kilda and East Brunswick routes. They look like they should be able to go a lot faster than they will be!
Ah yes, the C2 class. Five trams on loan from Mulhouse, France until some of our own are built. The first one's been testing and undergoing driver training on city streets for a while now - I managed to spot it one day on Bourke Street quite by accident. I could hear a tram coming, turned to look, and blurted out "HOLY SHIT, IT'S THE C2!"

I don't get why the news media is referring to it as Bumblebee 1, though. There was some silly contest to name the trams; I guess that's what won? And yeah, they'll be running route 96 between St Kilda and East Brunswick, since it has a crush load of 1,200 and the 96 is one of the most heavily trafficked routes in the city (and proving every day that ripping out the St Kilda railway line and replacing it with a tram line was a daft, daft move).
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While I'm here... you interested in medieval illuminated manuscripts at all, Ax? (and any other Melbournites that might be around) I'm going to this free exhibition tomorrow night in the State Library.
Oooh? Tell more.

Though I'm not sure I'd really be able to see much ...?
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How close are we meant to get to finishing the thread for Vazza to start one when she's up?
I was actually just about to ask this myself. How close do we want to push it? I mean, we don't want to end up needing to start a new thread early, but we also don't want this to stall and need 20 posts that aren't coming in any terrible hurry.
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OK, this is totally one of my favourite tramspotting locations in the city: looking northwards across the Elliot Ave tram level crossing.

Here's Z3 190 in the distance.



And Z3 135 swinging around the corner.

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The thread usually goes a bit dead once we're all sleeping - i think perhaps leave it at 10-15 to go, probably closer to 10.

If we leave 10 and it doesn't come she can spam it forward, it won't take long.
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Oooh? Tell more.

Though I'm not sure I'd really be able to see much ...?
I was wondering about that; I dunno how big the things are, or how close you can get.

Here's a link:
The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand, State Library of Victoria


In other news, I've just copied a crapload of reggae music onto my comp. Never really listened to reggae, should be interesting, if nothing else. A girl at work keeps telling me how cool the basslines are, so it can't be all bad.
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