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Hamer Hall…

by on Jul.20, 2015, under Photography

One interesting aspect of the view from our apartment is that Hamer Hall is directly below us between our building and the Yarra river.

Hamer Hall (formerly the Melbourne Concert Hall) seats 2466 people over three levels. It is the largest venue in the Arts Centre complex, used for orchestra and contemporary music performances. It was opened in 1982 and was later renamed Hamer Hall in honour of Sir Rupert Hamer (the 39th Premier of Victoria) shortly after his death in 2004.

As you can see the building is circular and looks like this large interesting drum when viewed from above. For me it was ideally positioned to be included as some interesting foreground interest in shots of the city.

Dark Drums

Dark Drums

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 4.3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

I found it particularly good for vertical shots like these. With fantastic dark moody skies just before sunrise (in 5 minutes time) it provides a nice solid counterbalance to the top of the frame.

Ten (10) minutes after sunrise the clouds finally lit up briefly for a few minutes as the sun tried to push through the band of cloud on the horizon just to the right.

With the sun just out of frame I’ve composed the horizontal shot so the edge of Hamer Hall curves in from the right and the river from the left corner. The clouds nicely sweep out across the sky and the buildings are just starting to glow from the low angled sunlight sweeping across from the side. It didn’t last long and then the colour was gone and it was back to overcast grey :). It did however last long enough for me to shoot a sequence of frames at different exposures so I could blend them together in post.

This final is the result of blending together three frames taken at 6.3, 3.3 and 2 seconds.

Hamer Dawn

Hamer Dawn

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

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