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Photos of Numbers

Updated on March 24, 2014

Photographs of Numerals

I'm hunting every number from 1 to 100. It's great fun, and it's improving my photography skills.

My latest find is below, followed by all shots so far in numeric order. I have a few doubles. Your vote in my polls will help me decide which pics to use.

Someone has suggested I produce a book that's limited to 100 copies. I'm thinking about it! Thanks for visiting!

A crushing victory.

A crushing victory.
A crushing victory.

Melbourne CBD basalt block.

Melbourne CBD basalt block.
Melbourne CBD basalt block.

Old house key, on cheap house brick.

Old house key, on cheap house brick.
Old house key, on cheap house brick.

Prahran tennis court.

Prahran tennis court.
Prahran tennis court.

Neat Vespa in Melbourne CBD.

Neat Vespa in Melbourne CBD.
Neat Vespa in Melbourne CBD.

Holden Astra radio button.

Holden Astra radio button.
Holden Astra radio button.

I think the Vespa Number 4 is better.

Do you agree?

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Clifton Hill light tower base.

Clifton Hill light tower base.
Clifton Hill light tower base.

(Grimy!) ATM keypad.

(Grimy!) ATM keypad.
(Grimy!) ATM keypad.

Victoria Park gate, Collingwood.

Victoria Park gate, Collingwood.
Victoria Park gate, Collingwood.

Secure supermarket trolley, Prahran.

Secure supermarket trolley, Prahran.
Secure supermarket trolley, Prahran.

I've been told the trolley 6 doesn't cut it.

Do you agree?

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Functional letterbox, Prahran.

Functional letterbox, Prahran.
Functional letterbox, Prahran.

Bakelite telephone.

Bakelite telephone.
Bakelite telephone.

Highly inventive home-made door.

Highly inventive home-made door.
Highly inventive home-made door.
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Australian Rules Football grand final.

Australian Rules Football grand final.
Australian Rules Football grand final.

Cheap thrills in a tacky store.

Cheap thrills in a tacky store.
Cheap thrills in a tacky store.
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Victoria Park clock (now demolished).

Victoria Park clock (now demolished).
Victoria Park clock (now demolished).

Peter Alexander window, Prahran.

Peter Alexander window, Prahran.
Peter Alexander window, Prahran.

Your view

Which 25 would you rather see in a coffee table book?

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Prahran power pole.

Prahran power pole.
Prahran power pole.
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I'd love your view on a vital point ...

Would you like written notes with these shots?

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Oh dear; I've done it again ...

Now I have two 36s! Which do you prefer?

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Water meter at Abbotsford park.

Water meter at Abbotsford park.
Water meter at Abbotsford park.

Open mic night at a Geelong pub.

Open mic night at a Geelong pub.
Open mic night at a Geelong pub.
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Sun-kissed house number in Clifton Hill.

Sun-kissed house number in Clifton Hill.
Sun-kissed house number in Clifton Hill.

Phillip Island supermarket deli.

Phillip Island supermarket deli.
Phillip Island supermarket deli.

Thermometer of many summers.

Thermometer of many summers.
Thermometer of many summers.

Car park near Dights Falls, Abbotsford.

Car park near Dights Falls, Abbotsford.
Car park near Dights Falls, Abbotsford.

Mail box at the Clifton Hill post office.

Mail box at the Clifton Hill post office.
Mail box at the Clifton Hill post office.

Leaving a Hoddle Street car wash.

Leaving a Hoddle Street car wash.
Leaving a Hoddle Street car wash.
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I have two Number 78s

Which do you prefer?

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Thank you for playing. Smile!

Thank you for playing. Smile!
Thank you for playing. Smile!

What do YOU think?

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      Paul Hassing 3 years ago

      @Tricia Deed: I couldn't agree more! Just as other lens makers have opened my eyes to elements of the world I'd not noticed before, I hope to provide the same service here. Thank you for sharing your perspective. Kind regards, P. :)

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      We live in a world of numbers. Your photos are proof of the many numbers which we see on a daily basis, but just do not notice them.

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      Paul Hassing 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Christine. I'll take your comment on board and see what our other readers think. I'm grateful for your considered feedback and would be further pleased to know why you feel this image should go. Only if you have the time and inclination, of course. Best regards, P. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i really like all but the last pic, i think it needs replacing

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      Paul Hassing 5 years ago

      @anonymous: What a wonderful comment, Leslie! I'm so pleased you got something from this lens. Good luck in your quest! Best regards, P. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Our next photography club theme is "numbers" and my first thought was urgghh and then I found your website. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Paul Hassing 5 years ago

      @adamnrave: Thanks for waiting, Ad. I'm finally getting back in the groove. :)

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      Paul Hassing 5 years ago

      @jeremykim2011: Thank you! :)

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      Love this lens!

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      adamnrave 6 years ago

      Where are my new numbers??? Looking forward to them ...

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Very clever way to improve photography skills and a great idea for a lens. I'm impressed by the clearness of your images taken by your Panasonic Lumix. Keep up the great work! :)

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @hunksparrow: What a fantastic comment! That is wonderful to hear. Thank you so much! :)

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      Unbelievably creative. Reading/viewing this lens makes me want to step out in the world to look for numbers.

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @thesuccess2: Hello again! It started easily, then got hard for a while. Then I saw numbers everywhere. But now that I'm chasing specific numbers, it's getting hard again. I think doing too many letter boxes would be boring, so I'm not taking the easy way out. :)

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      I guess I'd start of thinking it must be easy to find the different numbers, I guess the deliberately excluded house numbers!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @paperfacets: I'm pleased to hear it. Thank you for saying so! :)

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Liked this!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      Oh, I forgot to say what 38 was. It's the leather underside of one of my wife's high heel shoes. :)

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Dear Bigmal, I'm thrilled to bits that you and your son enjoyed this lens. I can't wait to see what he comes up with! The way YOU drive, you'll have 100 dead things in no time! :) The ruler is a flood depth gauge for the Yarra River. It resides under Johnston Street Bridge, near the Collingwood Children's Farm. It's on the east bank. It's old and hand painted. And the markers denote feet (remember those?). Thanks for your ace comment, Mate. A book would be great. Best regards, P. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love coming back and seeing the new additions. I have shown my son (he's 12) and he's inspired and he's off shooting everything in site. Very cool!

      I have suggested that he look at another topic than his current 100 dead things killed on the road.

      We love the ruler (42) and can't work out what 38 is? It looks great but we have to know!

      Still hope to see it as a book - this is great!

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      adamnrave 6 years ago

      Enjoying the latest shots very much. The hunt continues! Keep it up. :)

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @Henk LM: Thank you very much, Henk. That is MOST encouraging! :)

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      Henk LM 6 years ago

      Great idea! And well executed too!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @BetsiGoutal1: I'm so pleased you like it, Betsi. Thank you for saying so. Best regards, P. :)

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      BetsiGoutal1 6 years ago

      So much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @mikerbowman: Thank you kindly! It's good of you to say so. It'll be a happy day when I have the full set! Best regards, P. :)

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      mikerbowman 6 years ago

      I LOVE this lens! So fun and clever...

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @adamnrave: Dear Ad, so nice to have you back! Your points are 100% valid in my view. I started this project with much purer intent, but have loosened my brief to (a) experiment and (b) elicit helpful comments such as yours. As I'm getting a lot of doubles, I expect to replace less popular photos with better ones. Thank you, as ever, for your considered support. I'm very lucky to have it. :)

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      adamnrave 6 years ago

      Love the new Polaroid feel, and some great new photos, like the kayak course (15) and the music venue (49). Photos with two numbers in them still trouble me. And any sort of number on a pole, house or even car feels far too pedestrian to me. Otherwise you could walk down a street and take 100 photos of 100 letterboxes. Surely your quest is more challenging? But I am a purist, and also an idiot. Enjoying your lens though ...

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you. That's a wonderful idea! The thought of wandering through a gallery of these images supersized onto nice white walls is very appealling. You never know ... :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Very creative. This would make a wonderful art photo display.

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @indigoj: Thank you very much for taking the time to say so. :)

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      How original -- love the idea!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @Ramkitten2000: Thank you! It's turning into much more than I thought it would. Thanks to kind commenters like you. :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      What a great idea!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @myraggededge: Funny how simple ideas are often the most attractive. So glad you like this one. Thank you for your visit!

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      Aw... I wish I'd thought of this. Great project for kids!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @Bigmal63: Thank you, Bigmal; your words mean the world to me. A book would be wonderful. With support like yours, how can I lose?! Best regards, P. :)

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      Bigmal63 6 years ago

      Hello Paul,

      These pics are brilliant and I love the diversity and the unique way you have captured the images. You really are very good! I voted but some were very hard to choose. Love to see this in a book when you finish - what a fantastic idea.

      I read your MYOB blog every week and really pleased to see you here as well. Are you really a Zen master living in suburbia?

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @Tarra99: That means a LOT coming from one so creative as you! I've long been a fan of your lenses, so it's wonderful to receive your message. Thank you very much! :)

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      This was incredibly cool! I loved it...I'm a big fan of unique photographs and the numbers were a great idea! Blessed and featured here.

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hiya, Tipi! Your votes have helped a LOT. As have your visit and kind words. Thank you for your generous support! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well its good to see that you have been up to something Paul, something strangely odd and good at the same time. I like this, hope my votes will help. Nice photography!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @WendyArts: I'm so sorry about the delay in responding. I didn't realise your kind comment was held up in my system. Many thanks indeed! :)

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @OhMe: Thank you, Nancy! What a nice surprise to receive you visit. I promise to have more photos ready for when you return. Best regards, Paul. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What fun and what great photography. Your enthusiasm oozes off this lens. I will be checking back for more number photos.

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @adamnrave: Thanks so much for going to the trouble of commenting, Ad. All the points you've made are valid. I must take care not to let enthusiasm overcome my strict standards. I shall revisit these numbers and do better. Thanks again! P. :)

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      adamnrave 6 years ago

      I preferred your old format! I can also see '21' and '53' in '6' which, from a purist's perspective, troubles me! Same crit applies to a couple of others. '28' and '29' are a tad prosaic, compared to the quality of the rest of the field. Great stuff though! Thnx.

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      it is not on the new bike lock. brilliant squidcast.

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @Light-in-me: Thanks, Robin! In some past lenses, I've failed to update the content. This time, I really want to keep going till I have all 100 photos. Best regards, P. :)

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      Stopped by to check out the numbers you have added.

      Very cool!

      Robin :)

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @Amy Fricano: Fabulous feedback, windygig; you've inspired me to fill the gaps. Thanks very much indeed. P. :)

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      seriously nichey. Rad photos!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @svarun: Thank you! Coming from a person of your calibre, I'm very pleased to hear it. :)

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      svarun 6 years ago

      It is a great Idea :-)

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      WendyArts 6 years ago

      I love this idea and I love the images. Good luck with your hunt for more numbers!

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @JourneyJottings: That's a sterling idea, Linda. Thank you for that, and your kind comment! P. :)

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      JourneyJottings 7 years ago

      Love a good treasure hunt!

      Prefer the tram number - Unless you can use the pole for 78 and find another tram number? ;)

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @GrowWear: Thank you, Mimi. The pole did come first, and it was only after I got the tram that I began to have second thoughts. It'll be very interesting to see how it goes. I really appreciate your visit, and your feedback. Best regards, P. :)

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      A great work in progress, Paul. Very cool idea. ...I couldn't decide, but finally chose the "pole 78" because it has less distractions.

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @Light-in-me: I hear what you're saying, Robin. Perhaps when I've collected all my shots, I can go back and put a brief description of how and where I found them. Many thanks for your kind suggestion. :)

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      Light-in-me 7 years ago

      Interesting, a bit more text would be nice but I like the idea and the pictures are great.

      Nice job,

      Robin :)

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @Amy Fricano: Many thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them very much. :)

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      nice cam. can't wait for the rest of the numbers. good idea for practice!