Architecture, Melbourne, Photography

Chairs, Fish Tanks and a New Lens

Well, that is what it is about today.  Another photo from the Council Chambers at the Melbourne Town Hall, more on those chairs.  They have turned out to be a lot harder than I thought they would be.

Straight Up and DownThe dark interior has certainly been a challenge, and then the rich dark colours in the wood and the carpet have been hard to work with.  I have had to be very careful not to over saturate and I have had to desaturate at certain stages.  The other problem is getting you to look at what I want.

I don’t know if this is a great image, and getting those chair to stand out in this composition has been hard.  I also realised that I needed you to look up for this image to be successful.  First you look at the chairs and then your eye should wander up, I hope.

When they put a ceiling like that in a room, you know you are meant to look up.

New Lens

I got one.

It has come to my attention that I really needed to get better quality lenses.  I have some, but the wide angle I’ve been using for the last couple of years, just needs to be replaced.  It has been good, but I can see the flaws in it.  I decided I needed the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 wide angle lens.

The people at Nikon were wonderful with advice, and I found out I could buy the lens directly from them.  Here is a link to the page with the lens, click here.  Doesn’t it look fantastic.  Buying it directly from the company is not something I thought you could do.  It was fantastic and the woman I dealt with wonderful and really helpful.

Check out the online store here, Nikon Store

I love the new lens, haven’t tried it out yet, but have planned a few trips in the next few days, so you will get to see some photos soon.

Fish Tanks

I put a photo up the other day of the first floor of the Manchester Unity Building and a number of you said the fish tank was too distracting.  It is true, but I have to photograph the fish tank, it was part of my brief.

Tanks with the EntranceThis image hasn’t worked out well, it seems really dark here as well.  Putting the tank into context with its surroundings is a challenge.  I have another image which I think might work better, but I will have to work on it a lot more.  I had hoped to get it done for today, but I have run out of time, I will do some more images though.  Look out for them.


  1. The composition of the chairs works exactly as you intended, for me. Just like you say, I look right at those chairs then my eye travels up to the windows and the ceiling. Brilliant.

    Great about the lens. It belongs with someone who knows how to use it!

  2. luxaeternaimaging says

    I think you achieved a wonderful visual hierarchy with your chair composition, and I agree with you on the fish tank. The tank itself is beautiful, but it doesn’t quite work with its surroundings. Congrats on the new lens! I just found out I may be recoving a drawing tablet for my birthday, it’s so much fun to play with new equipment:)

  3. I’m not sure about this one (listen to me who has only just started!!) but the line of chairs is drawing the eye to the left of the picture, while the space above demands attention. This for me is not balanced – it’s a shame you couldn’t separate the middle chair and have that in the centre of the window bay and allow the convergence of the lens to create a focal point.
    I say this all with the utmost of respect because if I produced a picture of that quality I would be running around the room shouting ‘look at this!’

  4. Thank You for visiting and liking my posts. You have amazing photos. I am happy my bare trials for nice pictures got your attention! :)

  5. Good luck with the 14-24 … I’m eager to see what you do with it. It takes some getting used to. You need to keep it under control however … it’s crazy powerful and will want to do some crazy stuff. D

    • I took it out today to a gallery and it was beautiful to use. I loved it. I will put some of the photos up on Saturday.

  6. I really like the softness that the windows bring into the room on the 1st pic.

    Have fun with your new lens!

  7. saymber says

    I love the first picture – it’s very gothic to me. Made me think of a place for royals to sit…perhaps head vamps lol. Very “rich” to me.

  8. I should have commented, because I thought the fish tank was the best part! Shame on me. Beautiful work, Leanne!

    • Haha, doesn’t matter, I don’t always listen to what people say. It is hard when I know what the brief is, but I haven’t said. ZI need to make the tank work.

  9. Leanne, great looking lens .. but the price – glad you got what you have been longing for. That top photos is brilliant …. Love how you have caught the light through the stain glass windows. Beautiful and still very dramatic.

    • It is an expensive lens, but it is one I will have for a long time. The photos should be amazing.

  10. The photograph of the chairs is just beautiful. I love the color and light.
    Congratulations on the new lens,and I look forward to seeing the images you capture with it. it is the next lens on my “must have” list. :-)

  11. I also love the chair and the windows. It will be nice to see the top design. :-)

  12. Great lens – but great price, too. Not in my price range, unfortunately. :( But I’m quite happy with my Sigma 10 – 20 mm. I’m in the process, though, of getting a new DLSR [very likely the Nikom D5100, even if they have the 5200 out by now] plus a few new lenses.
    Best regards from southern Texas,

  13. Clearly the focus is on the chair and I like that a lot. The gorgeous background just adds to the interest and it’s suitably out of focus.
    My heart skipped a beat when I saw that lens. Now I want one!!!

    • I can understand that, it seems like a great lens and I’ve used it once, but I can see it is going to be my favourite one by far, followed by the 24-70 2.8 that I have as well. I’m set now.

  14. I love the photo with the chair. I like that there is a lot to see, and I like that I can look at this photo more than once and see different things. It’s not obvious, it’s not bland, the colors are rich and I just love it lol.

    Thanks for liking my post #BlogFlash Day 9: Spring!

  15. Yay for the new lens. I love my wide 9-18 but otherwise will stick to primes when not traveling. Enjoy it.

  16. Great photos, Leanne, and I am sure you are going to love your new 14-24 lens: it is sweeeet! :-) I sure love mine! Take care

  17. The fish tank really “pops”. And Congrats on the new lens. Sadly, it’s out of my price range but Wow… great lens!

    • I have used it a few times now and I love it, love it, love it, you get the idea. I can see it being my very favourite lens.

      • It can be expensive, but you just need to think about exactly what you want, or need. I don’t think I will be buying any more lenses for a while now. I don’t really need any more for what I want to do. A new camera, now that is a different story, haha.
        Canon have lent me a Canon 60D, so far looks like a nice camera.

      • Oooo you have my camera :) I love it so much, but I don’t have much to compare it to lol! Have fun and please tell me your thoughts on it and post some pictures from it, if you can! I’d love to see how you work the shots from it :)

  18. lovely compositon of the first pic. Beautiful colours and the chairs definitely stands out. i think the windows in the background work wonders

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