Government House Architecture

For the past few years I’ve entered the Open House Melbourne photography competition, and the past two years I was fortunate enough to win the Series category. This year I was hoping to make it three years in a row, with a series of photos of the new Architecture Building at The University of Melbourne. Instead I was awarded Highly Commended, breaking the streak.

I was however delighted to win the Interior category with a photo of the State Chair in the Ballroom at Government House, and a second Highly Commended, for another shot of the Architecture Building. My best result so far in the competition, so I’m happy with that, especially considering the number of entrants. And carefully using a tripod for the Architecture Building shots, I shot Government House handheld.

For a prize I received a gift certificate to Architext, a bookshop associated with the Australian Institute of Architects. I chose Beautiful Ugly: The Architectural Photography of John Gollings by Joe Rollo. Gollings has a very similar style of photography to me and uses identical gear, though his nearly half a century of experience working in the industry is something I continue to learn from.

Government House during Open House Melbourne 2014. http://polymu.com/

The State Chair in the Ballroom of Government House during Open House Melbourne 2014.


University of Melbourne - Architecture Building captured during Open House Melbourne 2014. http://polymu.com/

Melbourne School of Design building at The University of Melbourne during Open House Melbourne 2014.


University of Melbourne - Architecture Building captured during Open House Melbourne 2014. http://polymu.com/

Melbourne School of Design building at The University of Melbourne during Open House Melbourne 2014.


University of Melbourne - Architecture Building captured during Open House Melbourne 2014. http://polymu.com/

Melbourne School of Design building at The University of Melbourne during Open House Melbourne 2014.


University of Melbourne - Architecture Building captured during Open House Melbourne 2014. http://polymu.com/

Melbourne School of Design building at The University of Melbourne during Open House Melbourne 2014.


University of Melbourne - Architecture Building captured during Open House Melbourne 2014. http://polymu.com/

Melbourne School of Design building at The University of Melbourne during Open House Melbourne 2014.


University of Melbourne - Architecture Building captured during Open House Melbourne 2014. http://polymu.com/

Melbourne School of Design building at The University of Melbourne during Open House Melbourne 2014.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Visiting East Melbourne with Alberto Massignan we photographed inside St Patrick’s Cathedral, practicing wide angle architectural photography. With the sun shining low and bright through the stained glass windows it gives the old church an ancient and hallowed feeling.

Photographing churches can be a challenge with the wide angles, dark corners, bright windows, extremes of lighting colour and just the sheer scale. Care needs to be taken to ensure the shots are accurately lined up and focused, and not disturbed during exposure. And even more time goes in to processing the photographs; not to imitate reality, to make the images appear the way they feel.

Facing the altar, the interior of St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia. http://polymu.com

Facing the altar from the rear of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia.

Open House Melbourne 2014

Last weekend was Open House Melbourne, an opportunity to be a tourist in my home town as many buildings open their doors to the public. I took the opportunity to visit Government House, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Capitol Theatre, Melbourne Town Hall, State Library of Victoria and the new Architecture Building at The University of Melbourne amongst others during the weekend. As I’ve done in past years, I took plenty of photos of the great buildings Melbourne has to offer. And once again I’ve included some of the great ceilings, such as this one from the new Architecture Building.

Ceiling of the new Architecture Building at The University of Melbourne. http://polymu.com/

Ceiling of the new Architecture Building at The University of Melbourne.

Wintervalk

From all mythical nations the fantasy folk gathered at Treasury Gardens in Melbourne, dressed in their magnificent winter garb. Setting out on a procession through the city streets, a Wintervalk, it was a jubilant parade with bright banners, baubles, magic and more. I followed along capturing the adventure, and some reactions from the mundane onlookers as they passed by.

Wintervalk - The Parade of All Nations 2014 in Melbourne, Australia hosted by Golden Owl Events.

Wintervalk – The Parade of All Nations 2014 in Melbourne, Australia hosted by Golden Owl Events.

River2River Photowalk

On the second anniversary of my first photowalk I joined the Melbourne Photowalkers on their third anniversary photowalk, a river to river walk. After meeting at The Reverence Hotel in Footscray, we travelled along Footscray Road from the Maribyrnong River to the Yarra River.

This was a tough walk for me given the conditions. Light rain in the middle of winter and little more than shipping yards and an abandoned rail line to photograph for much of the walk, it pushed our creativity. I find the massive gantry cranes and container ships fascinating. Our walk concluded near the dominant Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

Melbourne at night during the Melbourne Photowalker's River2River anniversary photowalk. http://polymu.com/

Gantry cranes and a container ship in Melbourne at night.

Golden Plains

Every year, on the Labour Day long weekend, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre plays host to Golden Plains Music Festival. Nestled among giant pine trees the amphitheatre plays host to local and international musicians. There were plenty of photo opportunities over the weekend, including sunset over the scenic Inspiration Point.

Golden Plains Music Festival 8, held at Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre 8-10 March 2014. http://polymu.com/

Golden Plains Music Festival 8, held at Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre 8-10 March 2014.

Brighton Bathing Boxes

This evening I ventured to the beach to capture a shot I’ve been aiming to take for a while; the Melbourne skyline nicely lined up behind the Brighton Beach bathing boxes. Taken from a distance with a telephoto lens, perspective compression brings the two sets of buildings close together. As summer draws to a close there was perfect weather for this shot.

Bathing boxes at Brighton Beach with a backdrop of the Melbourne skyline. http://polymu.com/

Bathing boxes at Brighton Beach with a backdrop of the Melbourne skyline.

Midsummer Faerie Rade

Once again on a beautiful summer’s day faeries amassed from across Melbourne at Treasury Gardens. The Faerie Queen and Faerie King led a grand procession of Faerie Folk through the streets of Melbourne. Accompanied by a cornucopia of other fantasy creatures, and adorned with streamers, bells, bubbles and other fancies, the rade was quite a spectacle. The merry folk concluded the rade with a picnic at Fitzroy Gardens.

The Midsummer FAERIE RADE - 2014 in Melbourne, Australia hosted by Golden Owl Events.

The Midsummer FAERIE RADE – 2014 in Melbourne, Australia hosted by Golden Owl Events.

Mentone Firewalk

New Year’s Day was quite wet, and was overcast much of the day. Just before what would’ve been sunset I arrived at Mentone beach for the New Year’s Day Photo and Firespin. It was nice to briefly catch up with a few of the regulars and thanks to Paul Pavlinovich, Charles Strebor and Trace McLean get a few nice fire play shots.

New Year's Day photowalk and firespin at Mentone Beach.

New Year’s Day photowalk and firespin at Mentone Beach.

Southbank from Sofitel

From No 35 Restaurant at Sofitel Melbourne amazing views overlook much of Melbourne. I was fortunate enough to visit for breakfast and enjoyed this view over the Yarra River, including Princes Bridge and the iconic buildings lining the entrance to Melbourne.

Along Southbank there is Alexandra Gardens, the Arts Centre spire, Hamer Hall, and a cluster of tall buildings including Eureka Tower. Along the river near Sofitel are Birrarung Marr, Federation Square and Flinders Street Station.

No 35 Restaurant at Sofitel Melbourne overlooks Southbank and Federation Square.

No 35 Restaurant at Sofitel Melbourne overlooks Southbank and Federation Square.