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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.

Open House – Melbourne Town Hall

scchambers-5hpm7576-4In 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.

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.

Eyes to the FrontI 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 Eyes to the Front - Originalcomputer, 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 the first image is more of an art image and is much better at directing you to see what I wanted, which is the chairs.

Someone said to me the other day, “your work is always so dark”, then she bought 4 postcards from me.  So I said, why do you want the postcards if you think my work is dark.  She replied that she didn’t say she didn’t like it, she was just stating that my work is dark.  I suppose that is very true.  It is quite dark, I like that, I don’t have a problem with it.

I have two more images for you, I just love these, they aren’t really important, but fun.

Ex-Lord-Mayor

A little sign on the back, just so you know who sits here.

ChairmanBoth these plaques on the back of each chair that sits out the front.  They are the chairs on either side of the Lord Mayor’s chair.  I thought they were too good not to take photos of them.

I was given an amazing opportunity to go and photograph the inside of the Council Chambers and I really want to say thanks to those that helped me.  I will send emails for that.  I find myself in the position now of, what happens next.  I don’t know what to photograph next.  I have a couple of ideas, but I need a new building.  If you have any ideas, please let me know.

I thought, as this is the last post on the Council Chambers, I thought I might put a gallery with all the images I have processed from that room.

I hate it when projects finish.  I added the images from today to the gallery as well so you can see them all in it.

Now off to find some inspiration somewhere else, in another building, I hope.  Remember if you would like to see the room for yourself, you can, the City of Melbourne run tours of the Melbourne Town Hall daily and for more information the link is here.

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.  Seat in ChambersI 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.

I still have some more images to process from this room, but they are running out.  I really need to start looking for some new places to photograph.  I have some ideas, but I might need help, but more on that another time.

The posts for the weekend are prepared, and have been scheduled to publish, one a day, I hope.  You never really know with these things if they will work, but fingers crossed.  I need to pack and get ready now.  I am pretty excited about it.  I hope you are looking forward to the photos.  I also hope the leaves have started changing in Bright and Harrietville, they say it is spectacular.  Wish me luck.

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.

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.

Chamber ChairsI 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.

Watching the Clock

For today’s post I have prepared some more images from the Council Chambers at the Melbourne Town Hall.  The images will show you more of the actual room.

ChambersThe room has so many beautiful features. The wood panelling with all the carving, and the added details.  “The panelling around the walls and upstairs plus the doors is blackwood from Tasmania.  We are told that the carving took two years to complete.” I was told this from Rosalyn, tour guide from the Town Hall.

Looking Towards the Clock

This image gives you more of an idea of where the rest of the Councilors sat.  The chairs are really comfortable, and you can pull a handle out from the bottom so the chair will sort of recline.  Much of this is original.  I like that they haven’t tried to modernise it too much.  I know some has to be done, but I am glad the original features are still there.

With this image, I wanted to capture the clock, and tried to get the seats and benches to lead you to the clock.  The clock is so gorgeous.  It looks old and the date is changed manually every day by hand.  You don’t get to see clocks like this much anymore.

If you are interested interested in seeing some of the history, Rosalyn has given me a link, so click here.

The Dome in the Ceiling

This is the ceiling in the Chambers.  It is so beautifully crafted.  There is an “Australian theme in the room – gum leaves in the carving, and again in the plaster work on the ceiling”.  Gives is a wonderful theme, and I have to say, quite unusual for the time.  Remember Parliament House, how it was trying to emulate the Parliment System and architecture of England, so for the Town Hall to celebrate it’s place and things that made us Australian is really wonderful.

Rosalyn also said, “It’s worthwhile adding that the Lord’s Mayor chair is actually from the former council chamber (in the Town Hall) and is actually the oldest piece of furniture in the Town Hall.”  Makes the chair that little bit more exciting.  I showed you the chair in my post last week.

I have processed the images, though I haven’t done a lot to them.  They didn’t seem to need too much. I am trying out some stuff, and it is interesting.

Don’t forget that those of you interested, there are tours every week day, except public holidays, of the Melbourne Town Hall.  They are at 11am and, I think, 1pm.  Not only do you find out about the great building, you also find out some history about Melbourne as well.  If you are interested in a tour, then go to this link.

Images for Sale

I have put up all the images I took on Sunday morning in Lorne on my website.  All the images are now available for sale as canvas prints or prints.

To look at the images then please go to my Photocart here.

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