Architecture, Deaf Children Australia, Photography

Different Angles on a Bluestone

When I got my new camera a few months ago, I think many of you will remember how much fun I was having with the 14-24mm lens on the full framed Nikon D800.  I have shown you some of the photos that I took of the bluestone building that belongs to Deaf Children Australia.  It is fantastic to have a building like this to go to and take photos of anytime I like really.


One of the things that is fantastic about that lens is that it allows you to get angles that wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.  Though not with the photo above, this is a fairly standard image.  I have played with it some.  Trying to make the image look like it was older, or maybe just playing.

They want me to tell you about a DVD that they have produced, it is called “Behind the Bluestone” and is full of footage from the school and stories by people who went there.  It is very inexpensive at $15 and a great way to support Deaf Children Australia.  If you are interested in purchasing it then you should go to this link, click here.

I believe more restoration work will beginning soon, so it will be good to see more happening there. Don’t forget you can also donate money to Deaf Children Australia and there is a donate button on their website.

I am going to put in a small gallery with some other images, one of them is a tree, but if you look carefully you can see the children at the school have hung hands in the tree.  You can also see some of the angles I was talking about.  I also love how much of a room you can fit into an image with the lens, the room being what was the girls dormitory now the boardroom.


  1. Oh, how much I like the new LCP notification! I really like the staircase, probably because most of my dreams are about ascending or falling down an endless set of stairs (where’s Freud when you need him?). Right now I’m fighting with the urge to spend my savings on my first slr, nothing too complicated or expensive, of course. But I would just love to learn something new, or just be in control of more aspects of a photo. Uhm, Dear Mrs. Cole, if I’m broke by Monday, it’s Your fault:)

    • Thank you, that is always nice to hear. Wow, those dreams sounds like nightmares, exactly where is he! You can get good deals on DSLRs, I certainly don’t want to be the cause of you being broke😉, though if you can afford to get one, I would recommend it, as long as you are prepared to learn exactly how to use it, so many people have them and never take them off auto, they never realise the full potential of the camera. I am happy to make some recommendations when you really want to do it.:)

      • I agree, auto may be good at first, but… Right now I’m just reading and learning the theory, and changing settings in my old camera, just to see the result, but my options are limited (I can’t set exposure time manually, ugh). And I’m the kind of a guy who likes to be his own boss😉.

        And as for my dreams, well… That was one of the good ones😉

      • That is one of the great things about the modern DSLRs you can have them on auto or completely on manual. I tend to use Aperture priority the most, though, I will use manual at times. I also like to control the ISO and don’t like it when the camera decides what ISO I should use.
        That is scary, sounds like you are worried about something, that is the bit of Freud in me.

  2. I know exactly what you are talking about with the wide lens – which is how I like to shoot…my “normal” lens in 35mm film shooting always was my 28mm. I like that they have kept the non-PC signage on the school – a reminder of how far we have come in treating people that need to do things a little differently from the norm. Nice shots Leanne!

    • Thanks Robert, it is funny about the wide angle lens, I am finding more and more though that I am preferring to shoot with the 24-70mm, which is also a nice lens. I thought I would always shoot with the 14-24, but as I get used to the camera, I am starting to make better decisions about which lens to use. I hadn’t even thought about the signs like that, great observation. I like many things that they have kept there.

    • I thought I would be like that, but sometimes things are just too far away, I am using another lens a lot more now, which surprises me. Thank you.

  3. I had rented that lens for a wedding shoot. I did like it, but it’s rather bulky. I opted for the 10-20mm sigma (cheaper, too).

    But yeah; if one can afford it, and does not mind the weight, excellent lens.

    • I think it is all bulky, so it all works, doesn’t bother me at all.
      I have got used to the weight I have to say, thanks Disperser.

  4. Leanne, more good shots of the School! I especially like the large portrait orientation shot of the door and tower—plus we really catch the blue there. The one of the stair is good, too—a literal inside look, but it gives warmth to the place.

    I’m glad you enjoy your new lens so much.:) My 10-22 is much different than what I’m used to, but we are quickly becoming friends! Can’t wait until the weather settles into something springy so it’s not so painful to be out and shooting.

    • The lens gets so much in it, I love that, though you have to be close to your subject, which is probably the thing that makes it hard. I do like it though.
      It does take some time to get used to it, but when you do, the possibilities are endless.

  5. I still remember when I first used a 11-16 lens on a D90 few years ago, my first impression was: Wow! the world looks bigger! That’s the magic of wide lens.:)

  6. What a lovely building! I like how the colours turned out at the end in the first picture – dull but timeless. This might be a question that you’ve covered elsewhere, but irregardless of the lens you’re using, how do you decide what camera angle to go for when taking photos?

    • Thank you Mabel, you have asked a very interesting question, I don’t think I do decide, I just take lots of shots, with lots of different angles. When I get them on the computer I decide which ones I will use. Though, having said that, I have photographed that building many times now, and I am slowly working out how to photograph it.

      • Thanks for the insightful response, Leanne. Taking lots of photos of different angles, you’ll get a variety of shots and I guess you tend to get good photos. I personally think this works well with photographing still objects, not with taking pictures of moving subjects like birds which I’ve found challenging. Have a good weekend!

      • That’s okay Mabel, it was a question that certain had me thinking. I get some good photos, I am the type of photographer that it is nothing for me to go out for the day and take 500 photos. I only show a small selection of them on the blog, I only show the ones I like, so you don’t get to see the bad ones. 😉 You can still take lots of photos of moving objects, but you probably wouldn’t change the angles much. YOu have a great weekend too Mabel, stay cool.

  7. Stunning photos, Leanne. You have brought such life into this magnificent building through all your work with it over the past year. Your new work with the 14-24mm adds to the perception of vitality of the place. A big picture is captured, but fine details are celebrated . . . Not unlike the work that has been done in the building for a long time. I hope the organization is as pleased with your work as we all are.

    • Thank you so much Maggie, the new lens allows me to do some things I couldn’t do before. I think they like what I have done, they seem to.

  8. Your architecture photographs are always fabulous. So true about the diversity of the dslr’s. I just got the d610 full frame and when in doubt I can fall back to auto settings:) Keep up the great work Leanne you inspire so many people.

    • Thank you, that is great to hear. Congratulations on the new camera, how wonderful. DSLR’s do open up the opportunity to do so many things. I have the D800 but it doesn’t have auto, it has program but I haven’t played with it. Thanks again, and I will do my best.

    • I had seen it with the previous camera, but the full frame was another thing again, it was like getting a new lens too. I love what it captures.

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