Melbourne has an eclectic mix of buildings. I suspect like many cities. There are so many different styles. I don’t know if it is because we don’t have any faith in anything Australian and most buildings seem to be done by overseas Architects, or whether it is a result of us being a multi cultural society. I think it is the first.
One of the aspects of this, of course, is that everyone can find a building that they truly love, and the image today is of one such building. It is without a doubt one of my all time favourite buildings.
It sits, in all its gothicness, on the corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, and it is great to look at from the old city square. If you look at the image “Empty” from a couple of days ago, then you can sort of see it, though the tree is right in front of it.
This is not the original image, I have played with it a bit here, no actually quite a bit. Though nothing I did would make the top light. It is a shame really. I think it would be better to go back some time to take more images when the light is better. It is the first time I have tried to photograph it. I never think the first time is the only time. The first time is only ever practice. Work out what you would do different next time.
I was happy, that was again, I managed to get a shot with no people in it. Which is pretty amazing for 8 o’clock in the morning, even on a Sunday. It is another empty city image. This intersection and the one from yesterday are probably some of the busiest intersections in Melbourne, so to get them free of cars, and people is incredible. I am pretty happy with myself.
As for the processing, well, I have done much the same as previous images. Lots of layers, blurring, detailing, fading and blending. It is becoming interesting to see what I can do. The original image is a HDR, processed with Photomatix, and the post editing has been done with Photoshop and Topaz Adjust.
I played with more textures, Not as many this time. I like the grunge effect that the textures can give the image. I think, though, that I need to be careful, it would be so easy to go overboard, but it is fun playing with the textures and layering them and then blending them.
I hope you are all starting your own texture directories. Mine is coming together slowly. It is interesting to see what effect sunlight shining onto water and used as a texture can give you. I have my clouds directory, now the textures, and I think the next one I need to work on is my lighting one.
I’ve also been meaning to tell you about my other blog, you can find it here if you are interested, I’ve been taking photos with my phone and processing them in instagram and every now and then I post some on this blog. I put some up the other day of the city.
Here, as usual, is the original image.