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Sydney's Metro Monorail


What is it about monorails?
They look so futuristic to me!

This one
is in Sydney, Australia.  It's 3.5 km long and has 8 stations.
We rode the loop last year just to say we did it!





Sydney's Metro Monorail


What is it about monorails?
They look so futuristic to me!

This one
is in Sydney, Australia.  It's 3.5 km long and has 8 stations.
We rode the loop last year just to say we did it!





comments (47)

  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 25 May 2009, 00:12
Agreed that monorails are WAY COOL! Great photo, Ginnie, as always...
Ginnie Hart: We really don't see many of them, Larry, do we? I'm trying to remember if I have ever seen another one in my life?? Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 25 May 2009, 00:42
great shot Ginnie, great way to have a look at the city
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely a way to see the city from a different perspective, Tony!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 May 2009, 00:58
Good photo Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Vintage.
haven't experienced monorails much myself so this photo is totally appreciated and it does look a bit futuristic!
Ginnie Hart: I'm trying to remember if I've ever seen another monorail in my life, Heather. There just aren't many of them around, are there!
Wow...this is a cool shot. I really like the open space in the foreground of the image and the layers of buildings beyond the station. Nice work!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, BC. It was totally worth the esperience!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 May 2009, 02:33
This monorail is a serious eyesore as well as being hopelessly inadequate as public transport.

Despite that, you have created an beautiful and appealing image of it...excellent work, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing there was a reason why they built it, Ray, but as a transport system, I agree that it is probably not very adequate. I'm guessing it's mainly a tourist attraction?
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 25 May 2009, 03:01
Very nice shot, I like the natural framing and the subdued color. Nice work Gennie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Love those curves and the perspective is fantastic. I agree it looks like something out of a sciFi movie, from a futuristic time and place. Excellent capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: All those sci-fi movies have informed us, I guess, John, right?! smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 May 2009, 05:27
When this opened, I said to myself this is a MDLL picture and you are so true to take the ride and say....we did it...it must have been FUN.
Prachtige foto, great tones, wonderful composition.
Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, lieve Musketeer, this is JDLL! By now I guess we can pick each other out in the crowd. HA! I love it. smile Ontzettend bedankt.
This is great, great tones, composition and framing. Lovely Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Clare. Can't you see this as a fabulous prop for one of your models??!! grin
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 May 2009, 06:24
I've never been on one Ginnie: looks intriguing
Ginnie Hart: There aren't that many around in the world, I assume, Chris. Kinda makes me want to know where they all are!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 May 2009, 06:52
a fascinating composition of a, yes, futuristic megacity look- considering the crossing lines, the narrowness of the buidlings, the mixture of old (Korinthian columns) and new - a bit claustrophobic feeling!

Alfred Wolkenstein, Städter

Dicht wie die Löcher eines Siebes stehn
Fenster beieinander, drängend fassen
Häuser sich so dicht an, dass die Straßen
Grau geschwollen wie Gewürgte stehn.
Ginnie Hart: One thing I was very surprised about, Philine, is how compact the city is...and yes, almost claustrophobic. If you have been to Sydney, you know exactly what I mean!

You'll be "delighted" to see how Babel Fish translated Wolkenstein's poem:
"Seize closely like the holes of a filter stehn windows together, urgent Houses itself so closely on that the roads grey swollen like choking stehn."

Well, I guess you can still get the point?! grin
cette photo en rond ça donne une impression de douceur...et peut-être de bonheur
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely worth the ride, O-P, while it lasted. smile Merci.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 25 May 2009, 06:57
We grew up with the Jetsons. Thats the answer.
Nicely captured Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: HA! I never watched the Jetsons, Aussie, but I know many who did. Yes, you are right, of course. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 May 2009, 09:01
Your muted colours lend your futuristic vision a degree of pathos. Light at the end of the tunnel perhaps. I find the idea of an exhibition of Toy boats from Paris appealing ;o) Did you go?
Ginnie Hart: You have given this a new meaning for me, Mike, so thank you. It IS like I'm ready to come out of the tunnel...and I will! In regards to the Toy Boats from Paris? No, we did not go. sad
3.5 km takes you less than an hour to walk, fifteen minutes to cycle; there does not seen a great point to build this monorail.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Wim, and as Ray mentioned, it does seem "hopelessly inadequate." But for tourists who have never been on a monorail, it does the trick, however brief it may be.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 25 May 2009, 09:14
It's really nice to visit Australia trough your eyes. I have never been there but that's a dream I hope will come trough some day smile
Ginnie Hart: I will wish for your dream to come true some day, Frida. smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 May 2009, 09:51
I agree about the futuristic look yet the sepia toning makes it look old - confusing!I've never been on one of these before - it must feel strange to be riding along at this height and looking into the buildings.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: It is a very weird perspective to be sure, Ingrid. I sure would love to know how many of these there are in the world!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 25 May 2009, 10:23
Cool view!
Ginnie Hart: It was very cool, Sidney. Thanks.
that small red detail in an all sepia look is great
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Chantal. I liked how that happened, too.
I'd love to have a ride on that Ginnie, we have one at a theme park in England which is the only one I've been on. I'm glad the HDR style playing about is going well.
Ginnie Hart: One day I will post an HDR image...a real one...even if it kills me, Brian! grin Thanks for your confidence.
Probably because of those very old futuristic films always showing them.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chad. Once you've seen them, you can't forget them.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 25 May 2009, 13:00
WOW! Love how you've framed this. Such fun in this image. Excellent processing - as always.
Ginnie Hart: These images take me back to that trip, Marcie. It feels so surreal now! Thanks.
I LOVE the tones here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Christopher!
  • KiMeRa
  • Spain
  • 25 May 2009, 14:31
good point of view, i like it very much... it really looks futuristic
Ginnie Hart: The more I look at it, I agree! Thanks.
very magnificent shot also great composition ...
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Mohammadreza. Thank you.
Fascinating picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely fascinating for me, Bill! Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 25 May 2009, 15:52
You almost pulled off a fisheye image without using a fisheye lens Ginnie. The sepia tones gives it a dated feel as well. Well done
Ginnie Hart: Almost, Thomas, yes. smile Thanks.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 25 May 2009, 17:36
this is just an awesome framed shot. love every aspect of it and the light shining through!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Liang. Thank you.
Fantastic shot Ginnie. The view..the tones..Everything.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ron.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 May 2009, 20:04
I think it must be that monorails are quite scarce come to think of it, and actually they should be a lot easier to erect in a city than digging tunnels for sub-ways. The eyesore factor probably contributes to scarcity.
Another great picture by Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I was just thinking about the Loop in Chicago that runs both above and below ground. It's not a monorail but I guess some do think of it as an eyesore...and noisy. You would think they WOULD be easier to build than subways, for sure. If done right, they wouldn't need to be an eyesore or too noisy, right?
I'll do it too. Great composition Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Good for you, Albert! And then YOU show US what you saw. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 25 May 2009, 23:40
the circular framing of this scene is really great! a really fine urban shot.. nice work! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rian!
  • kay
  • United States
  • 26 May 2009, 01:10
Nicely done, Ginnie! The lighting is perfect, as is your Ginnie style!
Ginnie Hart: We can pick out our styles, Kay, can't we! smile Thank you kindly.
  • Hamilton
  • United States
  • 26 May 2009, 03:39
Nicely framed... love the rhythm of the background setting.
Ginnie Hart: I like that word, Hamilton...rhythm!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 26 May 2009, 06:04
Extraordinary capture, Ginnie and so beautifully processed.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sherri.
Good view, a lot to look at.
Ginnie Hart: The whole city was like that, Nigel--a lot to look at! Thanks.
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 May 2009, 16:40
Man, I really like your colour toning and blacks; you've got such a great and distinctive style, Ginnie. Superb stuff! smile
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to make my day, Ian. Thank you kindly.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 26 May 2009, 20:53
Another one checked off the list right? I thought they're futuristic too.

They're talking of putting up a bullet train from San Fran to LA, I hope that pushes through so we could just zip from north to south in a snap.

Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day.
Ginnie Hart: Now THAT would be a ride, Maria! I used to live in Pasadena and often drove with the family to Watsonville, up north. I can just imagine how useful that bullet train would be!
Gran composición. Me gusta.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Emil.
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 26 May 2009, 23:50
I like the round feeling of this building. Cool framing and shot!
Ginnie Hart: That shape is what adds to the futuristic feel for me, Andy. Thanks.
very beautiful atmosphere. Nice dimention and perspective Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bram! You are so kind.
  • david
  • United States
  • 27 May 2009, 21:34
dramatic and futuristic; this shot particualrly appeals to me somehow.
Ginnie Hart: You would love this city, David. It was very appealing to me on many different levels. Thank you.
What is it about this shot that gives it a Vintage touch while having a futuristic feel? The shine of the metal archs works for me Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: We've seen too many sci-fi movies, Thomas. grin
Nice toning and compo! Good shot!
Ginnie Hart: Ontzettend bedankt, Laurens.
  • tom
  • Austria
  • 10 Jun 2009, 13:50
wow. outstanding. simply...outstanding.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tom, for stopping by and commenting.
Well, I 've never seen any monorail so it's really futuristic to me Ginnie. smile
I like your tones and colours.
Ginnie Hart: We usually only see them in movies, Gabor, right? Thanks for stopping by again and commenting!

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