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Weekend Wanderings – Royal Exhibition Building

Last weekend we had a Social Snappers Excursion and it was to the museum, though more importantly, to the Royal Exhibition Building.  There was no exhibition on in the building, so it would be possible to do a tour of the inside of the building as well.  The Royal Exhibition Building is a very historic building in Melbourne,  and is one of only two buildings in Australia that have World Heritage Listing.  Surprisingly it was given that listing before the Sydney Opera House.royal-exhibition-building-museum-7

The above is quite an iconic image of the building.  There are four points to the building, so from a central dome, it reaches out to the north, south, east and west.  The north and south wings are shorter, and the other two much longer.  In the above image you are seeing the south wing entry doors.  There are doors at each end.  This is possibly the nicest entrance with the fountain, but for the management of the building, these are like the back doors, so when an exhibition is on or has just finished, all the trucks and rubbish and everything like that is here as well.  So disappointing that they choose this side to do that. Makes it very ugly, but beautiful too.


This is a view from the other side, and the doors there are for the north wing.  This is the side that faces the museum, and for those that saw my monochrome madness image the other day, this is what was reflected into the glass.


I planned the trip so the building would be empty.  It was still being cleaned from an event the previous day, but I really wanted to see the building’s bare bones, so to speak.  It is so easy for things to get hidden when there are exhibitions on.


The tour was great in giving you the history of the building and why it is significant. I learned a lot with it.


The tour is good for that, but not great if your purpose for the doing the tour is to get lots of photos.  I found we only stayed in a small part of the building.  So I had to take photos of what I could.  I’m not too disappointed, if that is all you can get, then you have to do what you can.  It would be nice if they did tours so people could get good photos of it.  Maybe I will suggest it to them.

The building is historical because during the 1800’s there were many many exhibition buildings built, the most famous being the Chrystal Palace in London, but today not many of them of survive, and apparently this building is the only one in the world that is still being used as an exhibition building.  There are big exhibitions on there all the time.

I am going to leave you with a gallery now. If you are interested in doing a tour of the building, then contact the Museum of Victoria.  I hope your weekend has been good.  The weather is finally turning good here.  It is less than 0 degrees here now, apparently that is 32 in Fahrenheit, it is cold, well really cold for here, but it also means good weather today, yay, no rain.

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.

Detailing Parliament House

To check out the post and all the photos that I took on the tour, please click here.

The Floor

Visiting the Centre of Town

In yesterdays post I spoke about how I had been to the city to visit the Melbourne Town Hall.  You may remember some previous images I have shown you of the outside of the building just before Christmas.  It was the building that had the amazing light show on it.  I never realised that you could take a tour of the inside of the building.  So Klara and I went on one.  It was really amazing.  Such a beautiful building and obviously built during a time of great wealth in Melbourne, the gold rush era.

Council Chambers - 1Before we talk about the tour and the images, I need to explain, that the images aren’t great.  It is quite dark inside the rooms we visited.  I had to up the ISO as high as it would go, and that is probably one of the worse things about the D300s, the high ISOs give a lot of noise.  I couldn’t use a tripod, so I had to do what I could holding the camera, even with the highest ISO, I still had to have a wide aperture.  I am hoping that I will get to go back again and do some photos with a tripod.  I tried to get rid of as much noise as I could, but it is still there.  I was going to use Topaz DeNoise, but I see my trial has run out.  Might have to check out the one from Nik Software.

The image up there, as all the images today are, were taken in the Council Chambers Room.  A very opulent room where the council members of the City of Melbourne meet.  Three very important people sit in the three chairs above, the middle one being for the Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

Council Chambers - 2The rest sit in these seats.  It isn’t a large room, but then it is just for the local council.

The room is so beautiful.  The attention to detail was astounding.  It really is worth the tour just to see this room.  A room like this would never be built today.  The intricate carvings would cost so much money, and all the marble.  There are so many things to photograph in this room.  I really do think this is the room I would want to go back and photograph.

Council Chambers - 3This is taken from the back and looking to the Mayors chair.  You can see the trouble I had taking the photos.  HDR images would be a must here.  These are HDR images, but only with 3 images.  If I am allowed to go back, I hope to do more.

Mayor KlaraHere is my daughter Klara sitting in the Mayor’s Chair.  She didn’t take much convincing.  You can see some of the detail there that is on the chair.

I had a wonderful time on the tour.  It is a beautiful building and with a rich history.  Our tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable.  Of course, there is a lot more to the building than what I have shown you here.  This is just from one room.  You also get to see the main hall, and if nothing is on you can go to the back and see all the organ pipes and see how the organ works.  We were shown the Melbourne Room where the Queen came for afternoon tea in 1954, and where the Beatles hung out when they came to Australia.  We went out onto the balcony and watched Swanston Street below.

One of the things that surprised me was how surprised they were that Klara and I wanted to do the tour.  Apparently they don’t get many people who live in Melbourne wanting to do it.  We both thought it was great.

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Virtual Photography Field Trip

I have to get back to writing the Virtual Field Trip for my new client.  We have had various discussions about where to go and finally settled on a place in California.  I am as excited as she is about where she is going.  I convinced her to try photographing a subject she wasn’t sure about, I thought it was a great opportunity for her to learn how to do something new with me to help her. I have written most of it, time to go and do some more.