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Order, Order in the House

Do they say that in Council Chambers?  I have no idea, but it seemed an appropriate title for the image I have for you today.

Three in a Row

I am sure I have shown you a similar photo to this a couple of weeks ago when I went on a tour of the Melbourne Town Hall.  I have been fortunate and was given the great honour of being allowed to go back and take photos of the Council Chambers.  I went on Tuesday and this is one of the shots that I got.  I love the three chairs that sit up straight and tall under the three windows in the arch.  The three chairs are separated from everyone else by the table and another table further down.  The chair on the left is for the Ex Lord Mayor, the middle chair, the most ornate one is for the Lord Mayor, the final one is for the Committee Chairman.

Three in a Row - HDR OriginalIt would be an amazing thing to be allowed to sit in that chair and call it yours.

When I went to take photos, I knew some that I wanted, and this was most definitely one.  I don’t know if the chairs stand out enough, but I find I can’t take my eyes off them.

I am trying out some new ways of doing my processing.  Some of it is the same, but how I do the blurring is different.  I don’t know if it works, but I actually like the way it is turning out.  I will continue to experiment.  The only real problem is that it now takes me so much longer to process the images.  This one took around 4 hours.  I was starting to think that I would never finish it.

I do enjoy that aspect of it though.  I have a lot of images from that day and you will, no doubt, get to see them over time.  I will also see if I can find you some of the history that goes with it as well.  I was told about a link, but I ran out of time.  There will be more images, so there is still time to give you the history.

It really is a most extraordinary room, so I hope you will enjoy other images.

Speaking of history, I was at the DCA building today, and the phone does not work anymore, well it is not connected.


On the original blog I signed up for WordAds, as a lot of us do.  We do it thinking we will earn some extra money from our blogs and that is always good.  According to the terms and conditions people don’t have to click on the ads, it is done by impressions, so how many times the page is looked at. I assume that is what they mean.  Of course once you sign up, you find out that you won’t get any money until you have earned a $100 and therefore, you will have to continue it until you at least get that much, and they don’t care, because they get to put their ads on your blog.


Unless you are getting really really large numbers of hits then you may never be paid that $100.  Last month I had the largest number of hits ever on my blog, and in the 6 months I have had it, last month was almost the lowest amount they have paid me, well put in the account to pay me when I get to $100.  I am wondering if this is what they do.  How can it be so, it just does not make any sense.

At this rate I will never make that amount and they will win because they got to advertise on my blog for nothing.


I have wondered if it does, as soon as I get to that $100 the ads will go.  I bet they pay me less and less each month so they never have to pay.

If you are thinking of doing WordAds, don’t bother, waste of time.  You won’t see the money from it.


We are in the middle of a massive thunderstorm here right now, it is so lovely.  I have muted everything just so I can listen to all the thunder.  Ah summer, I have missed this.

  1. That looks like a lovely old building and I love those stained glass windows.

    February 21, 2013
  2. Thanks for your advice on the Ads as it is good to know because I was thinking of doing this.

    February 21, 2013
  3. LB #

    As one who served on a City Council, I can say that a similar comment is indeed said 🙂 although the chairs/room where I served were nothing like this! Stunning place and your pictures are wonderful! Enjoy the storm!

    February 21, 2013
  4. I stopped using word ads. I felt that they were getting free advertising, as it only amounted to a few cents a day that I would be getting. If I kept using word ads, it would have probably taken 12-15 months for me to get the $100.00. Its a waste of time and a crock of shit…

    February 21, 2013
  5. sjophotography #

    Great location Leanne. Nice shot

    February 21, 2013
  6. I love stained glass windows – nice photos!

    February 22, 2013
  7. Amazing place.

    February 22, 2013
  8. Awesome!!! just amazed at the detail…

    February 22, 2013
  9. travelrat #

    I know they say ‘order! order!’ in the House of Commons, but not, as far as I know, in a council chamber. I was on our local Council until 2 years ago … but our chamber was never as ornate as this one!

    February 22, 2013
  10. petit4chocolatier #

    Beautiful photos!

    Thank you about the ad tips. I never thought of it and won’t. Stay safe within the thunder storms!!

    February 22, 2013
  11. A great shot that really conveys a sense of power. Lovely rich colours too.

    February 23, 2013
  12. Heartafire #

    spectacular! Nice work.

    February 23, 2013
  13. Great reddish hue around the chairs…reminds me of some devilish films like “The Ninth Gate.”

    February 23, 2013
  14. Stunning photo the detail is amazing. thanks for the info on the ads, some appeared on my blog and I don’t know where they came from. There is always fine print somewhere isn’t there…..

    February 23, 2013
  15. Well, you know I always love your work, so sorry if end up showing numerous time… I think it must be a “blonde” thing… 😀

    February 23, 2013
  16. well dad gum… this is the 2nd time I have tried to leave a comment…LOL You know I always love your work. You amaze me and inspire me! 😀

    February 23, 2013
  17. Thanks for the feedback on the word ads. I saw that recently and was a little curious about it.

    February 23, 2013
  18. I clicked, but didn’t watch it through. How weird. I didn’t even sign up. Someone just puts ads on my blogs, if there are any, and I think there may be. What did you blur? The picture looks totally unblurry. I love it. Again, another book, Leanne. There is something to be said for having something beautiful like these pictures in large print form, sitting on your coffee table. Tourists buy them like crazy. I have never seen such lovely buildings as you have there. I would love to have a guided tour. Marsha 🙂

    February 24, 2013

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