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04-May-2008 AKMC

080504_071655_1684 Carillon In The Mist

Queen Elizabeth II Island (formerly Aspen Island), Canberra ACT

I'm updating this commentary in December of 2022, but the original commentary from 2008 read:

"A morning mist rolls behind the National Carillon on Aspen Island. This is the last shot of the Carillon in this gallery, I promise.


It wasn't quite. The building features prominently in a shot from a July trip of that year named "2314 Seagull Squadron", but that seems to be about it. The truth is that prior to revisiting this gallery I haven't even really thought of the Carillon for years, and I'm not sure I've ever heard it either. Apparently it's best heard within 100 metres and I've only occasionally been that close to it.

That's probably because my trips to Canberra changed radically in the next couple of years. In the late noughties I was heading there every couple of months, every few months at the most partly as getaway, partly as photo shooting opportunity. In early 2010 I started doing a Photo A Day (PAD) gallery and realised that photo shooting didn't require special trips away but could be found in the everyday. In late 2010 my long held single status changed and opportunities to head to Canberra diminished... and when we DID go it was generally to see something specific; a display at the National Gallery of Australia (which is a mere 425 metres across the lake from the Carillon, but the building sits between you and it), or at the War Memorial, or at the National Museum... opportunities for just grabbing a camera and wandering diminished.

So for me then, the Carillon was a part of "My Canberra" during a specific window of time. It's not that I necessarily think less of it... it's just that when I visit, I visit a "different" Canberra now. At the time of writing the Carillon is closed for maintenance and even if it weren't I don't see a Canberra visit in my immediate future. However I've added it to my list of places to revisit with a particular shot in mind, some time in the future.

Canon EOS 40D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
1/50s f/14.0 at 200.0mm iso200 full exif

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