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Meeting Adjourned

It has been a couple of weeks since my invitation to the Manchester Unity Building, and I can’t get some of the images out of my head.  When we were on the top floor and heading down to the floor below Kia said to me, “you’re going to love this”.  He was so right.  My head spins when I think of this room.

Boardroom The Boardroom is so amazing.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my tripod with me, and I couldn’t take the images I really wanted.  I had to turn the ISO up quite a bit, but these images were more exploratory, and when I go back I will be able to get some much better shots.  I think HDR images will work really well in this space as well.  There are lots of dark areas, and other areas that get burned out.  You can’t see the beautiful ceiling rose in this image.

It is such a beautiful room.  I have been in other board rooms, we used to have meetings in the boardroom at the National Gallery of Victoria when I worked there, but none had the detail that this one has.  The table is the main focus, this room though has some many other features.

When I think of photographing this building, I keep thinking of Edward Hopper and his paintings, and I want to bring some of that into these images.  It would be great to find a model to dress in thirties period clothes and place her in these rooms.  Though I have asked for one of the assistants to do it, so will see how it looks first, it might not work.

I do love Edward Hoppers paintings and I don’t mind them influencing my photography at all.  There is a certain feeling about them that I like.  Who knows I might want to start putting people in my photos.

This image has had little done to it, I processed it in camera raw and opened it.  It was quite yellow due to the light, so I added 25% of blue cooling photo filter to tone it down some, and that was about it.  I really like the way the windows reflect in the table.

Short post today, it was my friends birthday to day and we went to Chandon for lunch.  It is always very nice out there, I did take one or two photos, but have had time to look at them yet, so they will have to wait for another day.

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  1. bubblytee #

    I agree that this is one spectacular room. Thank u for bringing it to us.

    December 6, 2012
  2. Wow … one outstanding room

    December 6, 2012
  3. absolutely gorgeous – beautifully shot as well

    December 6, 2012
  4. That table sparkles. What a wonderful room. Marsha :)

    December 6, 2012
    • Isn’t Marsha, just amazing, thanks :)

      December 8, 2012
      • So are you all ready for Christmas What special traditions do you have where the weather is warm and beautiful at Christmas?

        December 8, 2012
      • NO not at all, we don’t even have a tree up yet. It is hard to get in the mood when all we are thinking about is how hot it is. We don’t really have traditions, big lunch, presents in the morning, that sort of thing. If it is hot we turn up the air conditioning so it isn’t too hot, or we have a barbecue, sounds very uninspiring doesn’t it.

        December 8, 2012
      • It’s not the traditional pictures you see everywhere. Our climate doesn’t lead itself to anything real wintery, but at least we can wear red Christmas sweaters. hahaha We went to HI last year at Christmas, and it seemed very strange at close to 80, although it did rain quite a bit while we were there, and it does that here, too.

        December 8, 2012
  5. I wish you and your friend a nice birthday party :-)

    December 6, 2012
  6. Great shot – we look forward to your return.

    December 6, 2012
  7. The windows, reflections and warm honey colours of the polished wood all contribute to this beautiful photograph. Many thanks for all your visits which are much appreciated.

    December 6, 2012
    • Your welcome windhound, it is a great room, thanks

      December 8, 2012
  8. I can see why you like this room. What time is the meeting…I don’t want to be late.

    December 6, 2012
    • Haha, I’ve never had so many people wanting to be my assistant. Thanks Mary

      December 8, 2012
  9. I reckon they had all gone to lunch! Nice shot, glad we have cameras on which we can increase the ISO setting…..gives us much more scope to create.

    December 6, 2012
    • That is so true David, thank goodness, thank you.

      December 8, 2012
  10. Stunning room…

    December 6, 2012
    • It really is Heather, I hope I can do it justice.

      December 8, 2012
  11. Yes, amazing room – and a great shot. Love the sweeping lines in this.

    December 7, 2012
  12. Love this … your blog is great inspiration, and information, as I re-focus on a long forgotten passion. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

    December 7, 2012
    • That is wonderful to hear rondaneufeld, and you are really very welcome.

      December 8, 2012
  13. I’ll be your model ;-)
    seriously though, great pics

    December 7, 2012
    • YOu are the first to volunteer for that :), and thank you

      December 8, 2012
  14. Great light reflections from the windows on the conference table!

    December 7, 2012
    • I tried very hard to get those, thanks for noticing andelieya

      December 8, 2012
  15. It is a beautiful room. I don’t think I would be able conduct business in this kind of room. I would be too busy taking in that nice clock. :)

    December 7, 2012
    • I suspect I would have the same problem David, thank you.

      December 8, 2012
  16. Beautiful….

    December 7, 2012
  17. The boardroom is beyond amazing. I wished I worked there♥

    December 7, 2012
    • HOw cool would that be Laurie, it really is amazing. I can’t wait to get back.

      December 8, 2012
  18. I keep learning stuff from you and that’s a real gift, so, here’s an award you will can choose to ignore ( I would hardly blame you), but regardless, you got it. The post with all the usual blah blah information will be up shortly after midnight EST (US) at:

    http://teepee12.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/very-inspiring-blogger-a-puzzlement/

    and you are free to do or not do whatever you want with it. But I’m still very glad you are on my radar for all the interesting stuff I learn by seeing what you do with your pictures and for being so open about how you do it!

    December 7, 2012
    • Thank you so much, I really appreciate the nomination, will leave a comment on your blog.

      December 8, 2012
  19. the wood on that table is incredible! great shot!

    December 7, 2012
  20. what a stunning room. imagine being the one to polish that table. I’m sure it’s a daily ritual.

    I went to Chandon last weekend. It’s my fav winery in the Yarra Valley.

    December 7, 2012
    • Thank you threeweeksinnz, I don’t think I would like to be the one doing it.
      Chandon is such a wonderful spot. Wine is good too.

      December 8, 2012
  21. The boardroom is stunningly beautiful, and I like the idea of a Hopper figure in the picture.

    December 7, 2012
    • Thank you Poet, I really hope I can do it, it could be really cool.

      December 8, 2012
  22. Beautiful shot, Leanne. Truly.

    December 7, 2012
  23. I love your photography! you are amazing. This is a gorgeous pic. The way the light reflects on the table. I am going shoot a condo tomorrow but I know my pics won’t even come close to comparing with this one. I aspire to shhot shots like this. :) Carol

    December 7, 2012
    • I’m sure you will be fine Carol, this looks good because it was a fantastic space. Have faith in yourself, good luck. :)

      December 8, 2012
      • Thanks Leanne. didn’t get to do the shoot today because weather was bad but will show pics when I get them done..

        December 8, 2012
      • That is bad news, I hate it when I get myself psyched up to do something and it falls through, but I know you will do well.

        December 8, 2012
  24. You are right Leanne, it is a beautiful room. What a pleasure to have a meeting in such an environment.

    December 7, 2012
    • Thanks Colline, I hope I can do something special in it.

      December 8, 2012
  25. Awesome photography!!!

    December 7, 2012
  26. Stunning boardroom. Truly from days of old. I love the way you’ve set the image up so the windows are reflected in the table. You’ve really captured he understated opulence, and made it quite extraordinary :)

    December 7, 2012
    • Thank you EllaDee, I tried very hard to get that reflection. You must know the Manchester Unity Building.

      December 8, 2012
      • I’m not familar with it but will be sure to look it up next time where in Melbourne :)

        December 8, 2012
  27. What a great room, Leanne…love the wood panels, the grains are so very gorgeous (can you tell I used to do some fine carpentry, with REAL woods!), and the conference table is simply amazing! The reflections are fantastic (I’m running out of super adjectives here!)…the only bad thing? Those chairs look soooo comfy, if I were there at a meeting, and it became the teensiest boring, I would probably fall asleep, Haha!

    Cannot wait to see more!

    December 7, 2012
    • I didn’t know that 1000, I love wood, love working with it, it always smells so nice. The chairs look really comfy and I think I would do the same, probably go to sleep, it doesn’t take much to make me fall asleep. Haha. Thank you

      December 8, 2012
      • Nothing in the world quite like sawing through fresh pine lumber, is there?

        December 8, 2012
  28. petit4chocolatier #

    Great picture and a gorgeous boardroom!

    December 7, 2012
  29. Beautiful. :-D
    Hi Leanne, thank you for liking my work on “Baby’s Needs & Blog Design Theme”.

    December 7, 2012
  30. What a lovely room! I did a ‘business’ theme for my degree final year project and researched many meeting rooms but never found any like this.
    I especially love the reflections in the table :)

    December 9, 2012
    • Isn’t it amazing, I was so shocked when I first saw it. Thank you. :)

      December 9, 2012

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