Road-Wise Wallabies Look Both Ways, Phillip Island, Australia: photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
Fun fact: When Captain Cook first landed in Australia, the kangaroo population was estimated to be under 3 million. The Australian government estimates that currently, the ‘roo population is between 50 and 60 million. Annually, about 2.5 million are ‘harvested.’
WINDOW SHOPPING, VENICE, ITALY: Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, 18-200mm DX VR lens at 95mm, f/7.1, 1/80 sec., ISO 400. photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
5 RED TELEPHONE BOOTHS, LONDON, ENGLAND: Red public telephones in London are ubiquitous. But as long-time travelers know, their ranks are diminishing due to the explosion of cell-phone use. The booths in this photo are located on Broad Street. The origin of these icons was a 1924 design competition. The basic look was updated over the years, including significant improvements in 1929 and 1934. In 1935, to celebrate the silver jubilee of King George V, thousands of the red boxes were placed throughout Britain. It’s hard to imagine them in any other colour but there was widespread opposition to the bright scheme. The 1959 version introduced an even brighter red and it went on to be the standard colour. The classic British booth has even been exported for use in Malta and Cyprus. In Washington, DC, a red booth sits outside the British Embassy. Today, stop by virtually any booth in London and you’ll see it festooned with business cards for escort services. How long will the iconic booths last? Well, when was the last time you actually used a phone booth to make a call?
Shot handheld with a Nikon D70s, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens at 48mm, f9, 1/320 sec. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
EVOLUTIONARY RAINBOW, SAN FRANCISCO: This mural is on a wall at the corner of Haight and Cole, in San Francisco. Originally painted around 1967, it was completed by Joanna (Yana) Zegri. I understand that the original was removed when the building was in dire need of repair. It was subsequently restored in 1981, 1983 and 1997. The mural is intended to depict evolution. I sat across the street in the shadows for about an hour, watching people pass by. Most passed it like it was not even there. Others paused to take it all in. This photo is a composite of one person walking by hurriedly, oblivious to me and the mural. Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, 16-85mm lens at 50mm, 1/1000 sec, f11, ISO 640 Photo illustration by John Ecker | Pantheon
BICYCLE, ROME, ITALY: Rome is such a great city for walking. The back streets and alleys wind their way between buildings that are often several hundred years old. It’s also there where you’ll find most cyclists, who prefer to leave the bigger and busier roads to the motor scooters. This one caught my eye because of the warmth of the light and subtle blends of reds and oranges on a late Roman afternoon. Shot handheld with a Nikon D70S, Nikkor 18-55 AF lens at 25mm, f5.6, 1/125 sec. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
TIMBER FRAME BUILDINGS, TROYES, FRANCE: The rain that day provided even lighting for this shot of Timber Frame buildings in the old French city of Troyes. I was driving along the narrow street when I was captured by the vibrant sequence of red, yellow and green painted homes. Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens,at 127mm, f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600.
Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography