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Watching the Clock

Taking in the Room

For today’s post I have prepared some more images from the Council Chambers at the Melbourne Town Hall.  The images will show you more of the actual room.

ChambersThe room has so many beautiful features. The wood panelling with all the carving, and the added details.  “The panelling around the walls and upstairs plus the doors is blackwood from Tasmania.  We are told that the carving took two years to complete.” I was told this from Rosalyn, tour guide from the Town Hall.

Looking Towards the Clock

This image gives you more of an idea of where the rest of the Councilors sat.  The chairs are really comfortable, and you can pull a handle out from the bottom so the chair will sort of recline.  Much of this is original.  I like that they haven’t tried to modernise it too much.  I know some has to be done, but I am glad the original features are still there.

With this image, I wanted to capture the clock, and tried to get the seats and benches to lead you to the clock.  The clock is so gorgeous.  It looks old and the date is changed manually every day by hand.  You don’t get to see clocks like this much anymore.

If you are interested interested in seeing some of the history, Rosalyn has given me a link, so click here.

The Dome in the Ceiling

This is the ceiling in the Chambers.  It is so beautifully crafted.  There is an “Australian theme in the room – gum leaves in the carving, and again in the plaster work on the ceiling”.  Gives is a wonderful theme, and I have to say, quite unusual for the time.  Remember Parliament House, how it was trying to emulate the Parliment System and architecture of England, so for the Town Hall to celebrate it’s place and things that made us Australian is really wonderful.

Rosalyn also said, “It’s worthwhile adding that the Lord’s Mayor chair is actually from the former council chamber (in the Town Hall) and is actually the oldest piece of furniture in the Town Hall.”  Makes the chair that little bit more exciting.  I showed you the chair in my post last week.

I have processed the images, though I haven’t done a lot to them.  They didn’t seem to need too much. I am trying out some stuff, and it is interesting.

Don’t forget that those of you interested, there are tours every week day, except public holidays, of the Melbourne Town Hall.  They are at 11am and, I think, 1pm.  Not only do you find out about the great building, you also find out some history about Melbourne as well.  If you are interested in a tour, then go to this link.

Images for Sale

I have put up all the images I took on Sunday morning in Lorne on my website.  All the images are now available for sale as canvas prints or prints.

To look at the images then please go to my Photocart here.

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34 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful and splendid! Luv ur posts! Hugs….;-) LisaK

    February 28, 2013
  2. i really love the second photo – is that HDR? The textures and colours are beautiful!

    February 28, 2013
    • Yes, they all are HDR images. Very hard to do a room like this without doing HDR.

      February 28, 2013
  3. These pictures make me want to be a councilor so I could just sit and look at this wonderful room!! Great stuff…

    February 28, 2013
  4. Just beautiful.

    February 28, 2013
  5. Yes, you’re right about the tour times, Leanne. I went on the 1pm tour last Friday, with tour guide, Ken. Very interesting :)

    February 28, 2013
  6. Very nice shots. That ceiling is nuts!

    February 28, 2013
  7. Wonderful images. Deep warm colors. Great job!

    February 28, 2013
  8. Hi Leanne, I’m new to your blog, but I love what I see. What a beautiful room. I love architecture and especially really old architecture that has a lot of history in it. Your leading lines to the clock was brilliant! I love the repetition of the tufted seats. The rich colors are very nice as well as the stained glass dome on the ceiling. Great job!

    February 28, 2013
  9. Nice captures

    February 28, 2013
  10. The dome ceiling is gorgeous!

    February 28, 2013
  11. I like your choice of subject and the photos remind me of other beautiful buildings I have visited.
    What you write extends the pleasure that can be experienced in this old building.
    Thanks for liking my post we must have similar tastes.

    February 28, 2013
  12. Jo #

    This place is breath taking. I would love to photograph it. Lovely images as always.

    February 28, 2013
  13. I can almost feel heated discussions taking place in this chamber over the year! Lovely atmospheric feel..

    February 28, 2013
  14. I like the rich, dark flavor of these photos…….

    February 28, 2013
  15. I wished to be able to visit there… but with your beautiful photographs I can feel the ambience. Thank you dear Leanne, love, nia

    March 1, 2013
  16. Ann #

    Beautiful! They sure don’t build things like they used to.

    March 1, 2013
  17. These are so very beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You have a wonderful eye

    March 1, 2013
  18. Beautiful photos!!! Thank You for liking my drawing !!! *Cynthia

    March 1, 2013
  19. Awesome building! And I love the low key values. It makes the photos feel very intimate.

    March 1, 2013
  20. Lauren #

    Looking through a bunch of your posts. Your photos are hauntingly pretty. Ugh! Gorgeous!

    –Lauren
    http://www.thelvds.com

    March 1, 2013
  21. Absolutely perfect captures, and I can see these last a lifetime for all to see.

    March 1, 2013
  22. What I like about this room is the sense of reverence it creates. The colors and textures and details all tell you that it’s an important and meaningful place. Does the lighting naturally highlight the clock? I am also intrigued by how you captured both the beautiful and detail of the glass dome and the interior design. I find that that’s hard to do; it seems I can get one or the other in crisp detail.

    March 1, 2013
    • Diana, the images are HDR images, though for the dome, I had to do a lot more work that just that.

      March 1, 2013
  23. Amazing detail!! what program do you use to process your HDR pictures?

    March 2, 2013
    • I use Photomatix Pro for most of it, though I also use HDR Efex, but not as much.

      March 2, 2013
  24. You have captured the essence of a truly elegant chamber.

    March 2, 2013
  25. Your buildings are certainly artistic. Is Australia just neat and clean with gorgeous buildings everywhere or are you photoshopping out all the trash? Everything looks pristine except your abandoned pictures. :)

    March 2, 2013
    • No it isn’t pristine, though areas like this are not really accessible to everyone, so that is why they stay pristine. We have our fair share of grunge and graffiti.

      March 2, 2013
  26. Lovely shots!

    March 3, 2013
  27. These images look damn cool!:) Nice shots!

    March 3, 2013
  28. I do like that last picture with the coloured glass in the ceiling lantern. It is beautiful.

    March 4, 2013
  29. Lovely sumptuous images and colours….

    March 6, 2013

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