It was 12 April, Day 7 of our trip in Tasmania.

Salamanca Market is open on Saturdays. On the last day of our journey in Hobart, we expected to make a visit to this outdoor market at Salamanca Place not far from our hotel. Our flight was going to take off at noon, so we could start our tour as early as 8.30am. We had to make sure we would arrive early at the airport to return our hired car on time to do the check-in.

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Walking down from Macquaire Street took no more than 5 minutes. You could easily tell the location of the market by following the crowd walking to the direction of St. David’s Park. Today it was overcast, but the temperature was not too cold for an early rise in the morning.  The stalls just started to offer their welcome to everyone: food, vegetables, crafts, old books, ceramics, stylish clothing and other things of special interests. I was more interested in seeing than buying. What mattered to me was whether I could capture some memorable moments.

At the end we bought six organic cross buns for $9, a cheese and chive dough and a small bottle of blueberry jam. The taste of the breads was not too bad but frankly we have been spoilt by conventional food to wonder why organic food would cost more.

We arrived Hobart International Airport to return our car to Hertz around 10am by driving on Route A3.  We have driven 1442km in seven days and the rental charge was $791 including insurance. We filled up about $250 for petrol. If you want to fill up the tank again before return, there is a petrol station right at the airport.

We returned the car key to the mechanic at the Hertz Hire Car and left. The entire process was simple. I would recommend Hertz to you as I have had a great experience. As far as I remember, Hertz offers a larger fleet of people movers.

a mini slide of pizza

a mini slide of pizza

On the plane we had a mini-pizza as a refreshment (too small to call it a meal).

The blue sky was accompanying us all the way till we touched down to Sydney.

The wing of Boeing 737-800

The wing of Boeing 737-800

 

As a summary, I have taken about 600 still photos and a few movie clips from my Leica M, others from the iPhone 5s.  I used the Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 from the beginning and the Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 from Day 4. The weather has never let me down in all locations. The overcast perhaps implies I should go again for the fourth time to see something different.  I have no regret for making this short trip on taking photos to see a world known and unknown, as Ansel Adams once said, “Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”

Featured image: The food stall in Salamanca Market.  Leica M (Type 240) with Elmarit-M 28mm, ISO200, f/5.6, 1/125 sec
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