Architecture, Melbourne, Photography, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings – 17 Days to Go and the Town Hall is Lit Up

When I went into the city to get the photos of the lights on the tree being turned on, I also took some photos of the Town Hall before and after the event.

LeanneCole-townhall-20131129-0236This is what it looks like during the day, with a big red ribbon.  Looks like it has been wrapped for Christmas.

When the sun goes down a light show is projected onto it.  They did this last year as well.  I thought it might be the same one, but they have got a new show for this year.

LeanneCole-townhall-20131129-0238This was taken just before they went on for the first time.  There were lots of people standing around waiting for it to happen.  Many of the people that were there for the tree lighting then came over to watch the light show.

I got myself a new tripod, and didn’t take the advice from the guy at Vanbars, and got one that is a lot taller than me.  It was great for this because I could put it up so it was above most peoples heads.  I used live view to compose the images, then I put in my new wireless remote control and just stood beside it and clicked.  Brilliant.

LeanneCole-townhall-20131129-0239It was a pretty amazing show.  Different from last year, and this one seemed to have a lot more going on.  I took something like 130 photos in the 5 minutes it was on.

The light show happens on the Town Hall every night from 9.30pm.  The show goes for 5 minutes and is played every 15 minutes.  They have put up barriers this year so people don’t go over the tram tracks, apparently last year they had a lot of trouble with the crowds and trams not being able to get through.

LeanneCole-townhall-20131129-0243As you can see, nothing stops the trams, they go regardless.  It was like peak hour this night, so many trams went past in both directions.

I have prepared some more images for you, not many, certainly not all the ones I took, but it gives you an idea of what is there.  I am going back in soon and will try and do a video of it with the new camera, then you can see and hear it.

Once again, these images have been taken for the City of Melbourne and are for their exclusive use.

I did go into the city yesterday and took lots of photos of the city.  The sun was out, which was great.  The first time in so long.  We are having a very wrong run up to Christmas, it is usually sunny and hot, or warm, but it is all rain and overcast.  Not great.  I was pleased that I got to go out.  I can handle walking around, it wasn’t a problem, but we didn’t stop anywhere for coffee or food, so no sitting.  I loved it and can’t wait to go back and get more.


  1. I love these images!! love that bow…wow!! The magic of Christmas gives photographers extra beauty to capture and lift the spirits of others…and that you HAVE done for us…thank u!!

    • That is so true, and it is the kind of thing that is fleeting and you don’t get much opportunity to photograph it. Thank you Tonia.

  2. That light show is amazing. Here, we do some great fireworks, but nothing like that. Great pictures, of course!

    • The light show is a fairly new thing here too, they did it for the first time last year, quite spectacular. We get the fireworks on New Years Eve, but that is all. I think because it is summer here and fireworks can spark fires, I think, we don’t have a lot of them. Thank you

  3. We went into the city with my school kids and they loved those soldiers. They weren’t that impressed with the tree but the maze/reindeer search was a favourite, as well as the gingerbread display. I’d love to go back and see the town hall at night

    • The soldiers are great, standing so tall. The tree, I think, looks a lot better at night, when all the lights are on it. It a great playground for kids, everytime I go there are kids everywhere. Yes, do try and see the lights on the town hall, they are pretty amazing. They don’t start till late, but if you can take in your children, I am sure they would love it too. Thanks.

  4. Wow, great night photos! The one with the tram passing is real great. Beautiful lights and buildings!

  5. Wonderful!!! Merry Christmas, Leanne. I hope your season is bringing you much joy!!

  6. Nice series Leanne. Congrats on the new tripod – seemly a simple piece of photo gear, but finding the exact right one is very difficult – and they never go quite high enough without extending the center post and introducing wobble ‘:-)

    • I think this one is a little big for me, but it is fine for most things. Though I have a friend with a nice little tripod, perfect for stuff in the city, she doesn’t use it much so I can borrow it whenever I want, so it is like having two, which is perfect. Thank you Robert.

      • Having a loaner is nice to fall back on – I have my three – my favorite is a Gitzo that goes very low and also very high – it is reasonably heavy so it is stable and good for 2 1/4 and 4×5″ cameras.

      • I don’t have those cameras, so not a problem for me. I just got a Manfrotto, but the carbon fibre one, I think it is the 055 or something like that. I like it. It is nice to be able to borrow the other one anytime I want. My friend wants to get a Gitzo, she has her eye on one that would be good for travelling.

  7. That is an amazing light show! WOW! What a great experience. I love your tall tripod. Now all you need is a ladder attached to it so you can climb up there and see what it sees. I love the picture with the tram going by. The people in it almost look like those animated 3 d pictures that Jakesprinter, the Sunday post fellow creates. Very cool post, Leanne! :) xox

    • I love my tall tripod for this too, with live view on the camera, I don’t have to worry about seeing through the viewfinder, that is a plus. Those trams, when you want one, they can’t be seen, but when you are trying to do something like this, that is all you see. Thank you Marsha, I have no idea what Jakesprinter is though, sorry.

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  9. Wow, this is a colorful Christmas …. love your new header image. That is some serious photo. Excellent, Leanne. It very hard to avoid Christmas now. *smile

  10. Congrad’s on the new tripod!! They open up so many things, like being able to capture these beautiful lights!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Tracey, it was very good for these images, and I used it again last night for more images of the town hall, but ones where they are straight on.

    • That is great RoSy, I hope you are preparing for Christmas too, such a nice time of the year, expensive, but nice.

  11. You really captured the glow of the twinkle lights in the photos. Looks beautiful! I’m new to photography and that’s a skill I’m definitely working on!

    • Thank you, It is just long exposures really, though not too long or you don’t get the lights properly. I love night shots.

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