All posts tagged: Council Chambers

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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: The Year Begins

Last Tuesday I did a big post on what I am hoping to do this year, and really so far, not a lot has happened and nothing much has changed.  I don’t really know what to tell you about this week. Newsletter Just a reminder that I am going to start a newsletter.  I am still trying to work out what I will put into the first one, but plans are afoot.  I am hoping to get it out next week.  I am trying to work out how to put a link in the side bar for people to sign up to it, but so far, I am stumped.  So if anyone has done it, please, would love some ideas.  For now I am going to put the contact form at the end of the post for you to fill out.  I know some of you have left messages, and I’m sorry I haven’t responded, but the way they came out was a bit weird. Monochrome Madness Just a quick reminder that Monochrome Madness is …

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The Year That Was 2013

This has been the biggest year of my blogging career and the most rewarding.  The year began after I had completed the blogging everyday for a year, and I had thought I would continue doing that, however, I haven’t posted every day this year, but pretty close. I had around 8,400 followers at the start of the year and that has steadily climbed to over 20,000, which I am so happy about.  I have been getting lots of comments over recent days about how I inspire you, and I have to say that you all inspire me so much.  I know that I try a lot harder to get great images because I don’t want to disappoint you and every time I write I think about all of you and hope you like what I am writing or the photos I am showing you.  So to each and every one of you, thank you for this year, I am very grateful. At the end of 2012 I was giving the opportunity to photograph some of …

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Open House – Melbourne Town Hall

In Melbourne this weekend is Open House.  It can be an opportunity to see inside some famous buildings.  Unfortunately, you normally have to get in early and a ballot is run for people to see inside many of the buildings. One of my followers who also happens to be a guide at the Melbourne Town Hall has let me know that the Town Hall is open both days, so Saturday and Sunday and will be open from 10 to 4 and tour guides will be available to answer questions and tell you about the history of the building.  You are allowed to take photos as well. So if you are in Melbourne this weekend and would like to see inside the Melbourne Town Hall here is your chance. Great opportunity for people who work all week, as you can’t see it normally on the weekends.

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The Last Decision about Chambers Here

Actually it will be my last post that I am going to be doing on the Council Chambers of the City of Melbourne.  It seems like I have been doing these images for ages, but then again, it also seems ages since my last one.  It is always sad when you realise that there will be no more, which is probably why I have put off doing this one. I found this image quite hard to do.  It was easy to photograph, I just stood at the back and pointed the camera to the front of the room.  However, when I got it on the computer, I found it very confusing, I didn’t know where to look and I thought that people viewing it would find it the same. I am going to include the original image so you can see what I am talking about.  For me the challenge was to direct your eye to where I wanted it to be.  The original is a nice record shot of the room, but I think …

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Taking Your Seat in the Chambers

It has been a while since I posted an image from the Council Chambers in the Melbourne Town Hall, but I hadn’t forgotten about them.  I still have more I want to show you, but while I was doing the other images I set them aside.  I am just going to start off by saying, that I do like this image.  I like the way the seats really stand out, and how plush they look.  I can also say they are very comfortable.  You can see a brass ring at the bottom of each one and if you pull that it brings the seat out further so you can relax into it.  Even the carvings on each seat are so ornate.  Every detail was considered. I didn’t process as much of this image as I thought I might, I almost ignored the rest of the room and tried to make sure your focus would be on the leather seats and ornate carving.  I have also lightened it up more, as the room is quite dark. …

Three Chairs

Sitting Tall

Busy day busy week.  Had hoped to get more than one image done for you today, but stuff happened, and well, I only have one. I chose this image because I liked how it highlighted the wood work in the chairs.  It is the best image I have to show you how wonderful those chairs are.  They are so ornate and I can imagine feeling so important sitting in them. The middle one, the Lord Mayor’s chair is the one I spoke about last week, it is the oldest piece of furniture in the Melbourne Town Hall.  The carving is so intricate and so extraordinary.  It is worth going on the tour just to see the chair. Next week I will show some more images from the room.  I will do the ones I had hoped to do today.

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Order, Order in the House

Do they say that in Council Chambers?  I have no idea, but it seemed an appropriate title for the image I have for you today. I am sure I have shown you a similar photo to this a couple of weeks ago when I went on a tour of the Melbourne Town Hall.  I have been fortunate and was given the great honour of being allowed to go back and take photos of the Council Chambers.  I went on Tuesday and this is one of the shots that I got.  I love the three chairs that sit up straight and tall under the three windows in the arch.  The three chairs are separated from everyone else by the table and another table further down.  The chair on the left is for the Ex Lord Mayor, the middle chair, the most ornate one is for the Lord Mayor, the final one is for the Committee Chairman. It would be an amazing thing to be allowed to sit in that chair and call it yours. When I …