Architecture, Photography

15 Days and More from the Light Projections

First of all, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful thoughts about my back, I know that doesn’t sound right, sorry.  I wanted to let you know that it is getting better and I am able to do more and more.  I can sit now, not for long, but I can sit, which is far better than how I was last week.  I can walk around a lot, so I have been going and taking lots of photos of the city, which has been wonderful.

Speaking of which, I went into the city on Sunday night to get some shots of the city at night.  I also wanted to do more of the light projections on the Town Hall from a better angle.  The first time I did them, I was over on the side and I didn’t like how the images turned out.  So on Sunday night I waited for the show to stop and people to leave, then I went and got a spot right in the middle ready for the next one.  I used the new tripod, but I didn’t need to put it up so far because we were right at the front.

I am just going to put them into a gallery for you.

I also did a video and if it ever finishes uploading to YouTube I will add it here as well. Now the video isn’t great, I did take it with the D800 and was impressed with that, but there is a bit of noise from the crowds, then it rained, so you can see my umbrella a bit as I tried to protect the end of the lens from the rain.  I do think it will give you an idea of what it was like, hopefully it will work.

62 Comments

  1. facesintheclouds says

    very nice photography! As soon as it stops raining here, I am hitting the Christmas light circuit!!

  2. So far to be quite honest Leanne where I live NOTHING has been very inspiring and looks very half hearted compared to Melbourne’s Festive display !
    Gorgeous pictures .
    I’m hoping you are going to be overwhelmed – in a good way – Lol by next weeks Monday Round The World Christmas pictures from others . What an opportunity to Show and Tell !
    Keep up the good work looking after your back .. we all appreciate here your efforts to keep on the move ;-)

    • I am so glad you tried Poppytump, I know what you mean, my local council has done almost nothing, hard to tell Christmas is close around here. The city has done a great job, I am happy about that.
      I am hoping the same, I should do more to get people to email me, but I suspect I will hardly have anyone, I did get two emails yesterday, so I do have some.
      Thank you, the back is improving a lot, which is fantastic.

  3. I like the up angle on these – it shouldn’t work, but it does. Perhaps the colors, but in any event nice series. Not sure if I like the total darkness or the ones with a hint of clouds – each is good on their own. Glad to hear the back is better – we never realize how much we are required to sit until we can’t do it comfortably.

    • I think the thing with these is that you don’t get a lot choice, you can only photograph it on the ground in front of it. It would be great to get a bit higher, but that isn’t possible. Same with the darkness or clouds, the most important part was the lights, so I wasn’t concerned about anything else. Thank you Robert. Yes, back is definitely getting much better. Had a physio appointment yesterday and she has worked out exactly what was wrong and now we can go about fixing it. My posture and position at my desk are not good. think I knew it would be that. You are so right about sitting, the worse part is eating and drinking.

  4. Glad you are starting to feel better! Beautiful pics….I love Christmas! I’ll be taking some pics end of this week. I hope some come out as I really haven’t done much in the way of night shots, but I practiced last night, haha.

  5. Maggie Beck says

    Leanne, these are delightful! Thank you for posting this bit of Christmas cheer from your hometown. Snowing here today, so every window I look through makes me feel a bit like I am revisiting a Bing Crosby song.

    • I would love to experience that, it seems winter has come early to the northern hemisphere, and summer has forgotten us. It has been so grey and horrible around here, really depressing. Lots of colour in the city though. Maybe I should come for the Bing Crosby song. Thank you Maggie.

    • LOL I have no idea who gets to do the unwrapping, would be nice to get a building like that for Christmas. ;)
      Thank you for the link, I am definitely interested in it.

  6. Very colorful, to be sure. I’m wondering, as I look at these photos, if there is a tall building opposite the town hall where you could climb up inside and get a more straight-on shot. Just curious. That’s got to be the most colorful public building I’ve ever seen. They did a nice job of holiday’zing it.

    • There is a tall building, but the building is full of privately owned offices, and I don’t think it would be possible. Also there are trees in front of the building, so you would have to get above them, so then you would get the same problems but in the opposite direction.

      • Ah, that does present a challenge. Are there any offices at about the right height that don’t have any trees in front of them? From the way you described it, it doesn’t sound like there are, but it never hurts to ask. :)

      • As far as I know, no there aren’t, the trees go right and down the street, I also wouldn’t know how to go about finding out who you ask, or anything.

      • Reaching back from my old newspaper days, you figure out what floor you imagine would make the best vantage point, and then you go up there and, since they’re office buildings, walk right in. Ask the secretary if she’d check and see if it were possible to take a photo of whatever from the outside window? All they can do is tell you, No. If so, you just move on.

        It’s kind of scary/nerve-wracking at first, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Just never take No as a personal thing. It’s not about you. Whatever they answer is about them.

        Maybe not this particular building, but maybe somewhere else. Good luck. :)

      • I could do all that, but then I would have to get permission at night, etc, to tell you the truth, I don’t mind these photos, I don’t have a problem with them. I can fix up a fair bit in photoshop, and change that, but I didn’t quote for that sort of thing in the price, :)

      • Gotcha. :) I should try and see if Elements 11 can straighten out vertical lines. That would, I think, make my barn and old farm house pictures look just a little bit better.

      • I’ll dig around and see what I can come up with. I’m still new to Elements 11. Thanks.

      • You Elements 11 won’t open? Has it ever worked? What does it say? PC or Mac? Can’t help you with Mac, maybe with PC.

      • Nope, all good, Photoshop wouldn’t open as well, so I rebooted and then it all opened. PSE11 has free transform, but I haven’t been able to work it out. There must be a way, will have to keep trying.

      • Oh, good, next time I have an architectural shot, I’ll dive in there as well. Thanks.

      • Yes, give it a go and see how you go. I know the wide angle, when taken from below can make it look like the building is lying down.

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