Architecture, Awards, Melbourne, Photography

City of Melbourne For Lease

Our internet has been down most of the day, actually it hasn’t been good for the last couple of days. Hopefully it is working a lot better now.  Though, I still struggled with an image for you today.  I need to go out and get more images.  What a day.  On top of all that it is freezing, well, it is the coldest day we have had for a long time.

For LeaseI love this building.  I have no idea when it was built, oh I have the internet back, I can check it out, hang on a minute.  Okay, I’m back, it was built in 1888.  It is such a distinctive building.  Though I don’t think the City of Melbourne Building Society have anything to do with it any more, actually I’m not sure they even exist anymore.  It sits on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Little Collins Street.  It’s quite a landmark and most people who live in Melbourne would be aware of this building.

To process it, I did a HDR image with Photomatix Pro, and then it went through Camera Raw in Photoshop.  There were a few people walking on the street so I removed them.  I also removed the signs on the awning that covers the street.  I didn’t want the signage to take over the image.  I also replaced the sky.  I have done some blurring, but not a lot.  I just tried to bring out some of the details in the building.

I am not really happy with how the image came out.  I think part of the problem is that I snapped it early one morning, and it was, possibly, the wrong time.  I took some images of it another time, but they were in the afternoon, and were with Black and White film.  They were a lot better, the sun was shining on the building and gave it more definition.

There is something about the building sitting on the corner with the For Lease sign, the city of Melbourne is for Lease, interesting idea.


As today’s post is a short one, I am going to put up some nominations I’ve received for  various awards.

So I have been nominated for the following awards by the following people.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Dancing in the Storm



My Life Through Glass

Oil Pastels by Mary

 Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness Nomination!

elizabeth thomas photography of cape cod

Colline’s Blog

WordPress Family Blog Award

Mission Possible! 1st stop – Nicaragua

Living and Lovin

The Sunshine Award




Curious Mother

Through The Lens

Super Sweet Blogging Award



Lucy Williams

The Best Moment Award


The Very Inspiring Blogger Award





The Bouquet of Three Award


I know people may think that I get too many or I don’t appreciate them, but I still feel really honoured when people think of giving me one.  So thank you to everyone above.

Please, everyone, check out their blogs and what they have been up to.


  1. Ajaytao2010 says

    Really awesome dear great
    keep it up dear

  2. JenniferAaliyah says

    Awesome work.Just wanted to drop a comment and say I am new to your blog and really like what I am reading.

  3. There’s a distinctly town-hall look about that building – all cracker-box palace designed to inflate the egos of small-town politicians.

    • I don’t know that it was for the local government, apparently, I think, it was for a building society, but it didn’t last long, but I thought the same. Very strange. I agree about the design though.

  4. 1annecasey says

    Love this picture – very atmospheric. We’ve had web connection problems in Sydney too over the past few days. We had in Ireland a few weeks ago also. My Dad in Ireland was blaming ‘solar flares’… Who knows?! : ))

    • Haha, that is an interesting reason, ours was the crap cable modem that telstra gave us, couldn’t cope with the amount of use it was getting, and was cracking up under the pressure, all fixed now. How bad is life when the internet goes.
      Thanks Anne, glad you like the picture.

  5. Wow …. this is like ending up on Oscars! Congratulations to you .. so well deserved all of them.

  6. I was thinking of doing this same thing…. LOL. It’s so nice to be thought of, but gosh it’s so time consuming! haha In fact I’m still working on it. ;D

    • I have found that it is a great way to respond to the awards, and you are right they are really time consuming. The more popular your blog gets the more you get. I did ignore them for a while, but I felt bad, then I came up with this, I can’t remember how long ago, I feel so much better doing this. I hated ignoring them, or feeling bad because I didn’t have the time to do them.

  7. OOPS, forgot to say I love your picture! I love old buildings, but the design of the building itself was apparently very popular. You did a beautiful job once again! :D

  8. Great photo. Glad your Internet is back up. Isn’t sad how we depend so much on technology? ( She says as she types on her iPad)

  9. kdavisfanclub says

    wow, amazing picture, I was sent a link to your page by fellow blogger, Sahm King, who recommended you. I have no knowledge of photography but appreciate art when I see it, just going to check out some more of your pictures, congrats on this one!

    • Thank you, that is great to hear, on both counts the recommendation and the appreciation of art. Hope you like some of the other stuff you saw. Thanks for stopping by.

      • kdavisfanclub says

        No worries, funnily enough – my brother in-law lives in melbourne and he recently visited England, giving my wife and I a piece of photographic art of various scenes around Melbourne. Very cool, keep smiling, kind regards, Kieran (Baldy) :)

      • Melbourne has some great places to photograph, so I can imagine what the art piece has on it and how wonderful it looks.
        I will keep smiling :) and you too Baldy

  10. Great building. Hope you can get more shots to work with – the details are fascinating.
    Did you add the glow to the windows near the For Lease sign, or was that in the original?

    • It shouldn’t be a problem getting more images, so I will try that, though the best time to get the best lighting, also means there will be a lot more, a lot more people. Will see what I can do.
      I didn’t add the glow, I think it was the sun hitting another building and reflecting onto it.
      Thank Marie.

  11. Lovely picture, such a cool shot! Congrats on your awards and thanks again for such an awesome blog! : )

  12. Insanely great picture Leanne. Pure genius ! Please let me know your thoughts on our latest story. For sure it will inspire you! I also hope you are more than well. Thank you so much for this great article, Kindest regards, Your friend, N. Merrynote

  13. What a fabulous old building this is Leanne, I’d love to explore the old rooms, I’ll bet they have a whole load of nooks and crannies, maybe even hidden away rooms-behind-rooms. I don’t know if you intended it to happen (probably did, with your attention to detail!) but it looks like there’s a chimney on top of the building with blue smoke (sky) coming out of it.

    • That is the worse thing about a lot of this sort of photography, not being able to get access to the interiors. I think it would be pretty amazing inside.
      The blue smoke is actually a break in the clouds, it is the sky you can see. I should have put that elsewhere. Thanks

    • The details are great, aren’t they? I love how they are all different, and nothing seems to match, almost like the architect was using it as an example of what they could do.
      Thanks Pat

  14. wonderful old building…the architecture on these buildings is fabulous! Congrats on all your awards…

    • I absolutely agree Heather, I find myself always being drawn the older buildings, new ones are nearly always so straight with little shape that would make them interesting.
      Thank you Heather.

  15. I like that it’s on a corner – probably stands out more that way too.

    Congrats on your awards :)

    • I should try and get a view of it looking around the corner. Though it is similar.
      Thanks RoSy. :)

  16. That’s a lot of awards . . . not that I would get that many, but I actively discourage awards.

    On the other hand, I have no problem saying . . . congratulations, and well deserved.

    • It is a few, but it is a couple of months worth. They are a funny thing, people do like them. I like this way of doing them, that way I feel better about replying, though not reciprocating.
      That is wonderful disperser, so thank you.

  17. Great building – it looks very Victorian. It’s got that imposing neo-gothic look to it. It probably meant something very different to the quaintness it has now. Nice shot.

    • It is very Victorian Richard, I think we have a huge collection of Victorian architecture here. Thank you.

  18. This a lovely building, and I love the moody atmosphere. Also enjoyed your April post on Ansel Adams and your own shots (as influenced by). Thanks at looking at my skyscraper post.

    • Thanks right back Tish. It is a great building, I love it, and it is probably one of my favourites.

  19. You DO deserve all the awards, and obviously you get so many that you can’t spend the time responding to all of them, and still do the wonderful work that you do, so kuddos to you for handling it well. This looks like a great building, and it is hard to get in a whole building like that and still capture the details. On the internet it is hard, with my eyes anyway, to read the sign, and that sort of makes the title of the post.

    • The awards are a lot of work, and it does seem to be a good way to respond without having to do them. I did ignore them for a while, but it really ate me up, I felt so bad, then I thought of doing this, and decided it was a great compromise.
      I hadn’t realised the for lease sign was so small and didn’t stand out enough. It is a great building though, and quite distinctive. I think a lot of Melbourne photographers love it. Thanks Marsha.

  20. theundergroundman1 says

    Thanks for the blog names and the HDR is great. :)

  21. re the awards – this is the blog I keep coming back to, your photos are fantastic and you really deserve the recognition that others are giving you. The write-ups that you do (and which I really should consider doing myself) are also really helpful to people who, like me, are just starting out but want photography to be more than just a bit of a hobby or a past time.

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been so gripped by something that I’m doing in my spare time and it’s thanks in no small part to blogs like yours, that serve up photos that are inspirational and awe inspiring. Those blogs remind you that if you can imagine something then, with skill, inspiration and practice, you can almost always replicate it in photo format. Keep on keepin’ on, LC!

    • What an absolutely wonderful thing to say, thank you so much, I don’t quite know how to respond. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, I love doing this blog, and hope to keep it going as long as I can, and to hear that so many others get a lot out of it, helps me to keep it going. I will keep on keepin’ it on.

  22. Doing ‘catch ’em up!’ here, Leanne…I’ve been a bit busy in the last few days, spending an awful lot of time shooting, and a good amount of time in the studio working on a painting I began last year before I went into hospital.

    I love this wonderful Victorian building, and you brought out so very many of the fantastic details…I’m so curious as to how the interior has fared over all those years! Have you even shot inside!

    Also love the newer, somewhat Art Deco-looking building on camera right…quite a nice contrasting indication of the city’s growth throughout the years.

    I’d have to agree–wrong time of day…would love to see the B/W film shots, as I imagine they might have less distracting signage.

    • I have to do the catch up too, too much time doing the same things as you. I’ve been out so many times lately, it has been wonderful. I’m also excited about some new work I want to do.
      The building is pretty incredible, unfortunately I’ve never been inside, so I don’t know how it has faired.
      We have so many curious buildings, so many different periods, though I think the Victorian era probably has the most because of the gold rush and the abundance of money. Nearly every gorgeous building that Melbourne has seems to have been built between 1850 and 1900.
      Yes, definitely the wrong time, I must go back in the afternoon. I have put the black and white ones up on here before, let me see if I can find the post.

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