This is one of the street facades of Sydney's General Post Office. Situated at 1 Martin Place, the building has frontages on George Street, Martin Place and Pitt Street. It was designed in the neo-classical style by the colonial architect James Barnet and constructed between 1866 and 1891. Its clock tower was demolished in 1942 as it was thought to be a target during World War II. This beautiful building served as Sydney's central post office until 1996 when it was sold off in pieces to mostly foreign interests.
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npecanhuk (77725) 2011-08-25 5:30
Beautiful architectural details!
Very attractive picture!
Superb choices: pov, vertical format, white borders with black words and sepia!
Composition, exposure and level of sharpness also pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
snunney (105543) 2011-08-25 5:32
Black and white along with the lady walking toward us sets the mood here. Good use of the vertical format to emphasise the height and take in the dome. Not long to the weekend now.
sevy (58) 2011-08-25 5:41
I like this wide angle point of view with this time most importance given to the roof versus the ground.
I feel the contrast on medium grey tones could be increased a bit, but it is a matter of personnal taste.
francio64 (39888) 2011-08-25 5:55
ricordo che siamo passati insieme sotto questi portici.
Io ho fotografato le mail box e in futuro posterò.
Buona la prospettiva e il DOF e forse anche la conversione in bianco e nero ci sta bene.
Immagine animata dall'unica presenza umana al centro della scena.
williewhistler (16412) 2011-08-25 6:08
Hello Lisa,good choice for BW,nothing burnt out or hidden in the shadows,plus the lovely detail in this grand old building which is nicely sharp.
Even the lady is static for the slow shutter speed,no blur there.
A nice imaginative shot.
Best wishes Les.
ikeharel (77263) 2011-08-25 8:09
Good choise to take this in B&W, due to scarse light, variable from sides.
Depth and sharpness as always superb, and the presence of a beautiful long-legs lady sure added a vivid dimenssion.
Have a nice friday,
vasilpro (41661) 2011-08-25 8:35
Wonderful B&W composition, excellent POV and DOF, great light management and gray tones, interesting architectural details, well done.
ricochet (9696) 2011-08-25 11:36
A composition of very good quality, excellent perspective and vertical framing, great human presence and your black and white worked very well!
siudzi (34141) 2011-08-25 13:06
This architecture has a really great design with lots of beautiful details and lamps. Like the symmetrical composition presented in b&w. A human presence gives a scale here. Well executed. TFS
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-08-25 14:25
Hello chère Lisa,
A very successful B&W image with the low POV, it is one of the nicest looking post offices I have ever seen. Repetition of the bays together with dome like ceiling is fascinating feature of this particular architecture. The charm of this shot is in the deep space with a figure placed almost at midway of this colonnaded corridor. The image is very well taken. TFS
Very best wishes,
emka (105560) 2011-08-25 16:01
Ciao cara Lisa,
The post offices have often impressive buildings. Like this one - with massive columns, many arches. But now, who uses post offices in the era of e-mails? so they will maybe sell them like here. beautiful building, exce;llent presentation.
ifege (10719) 2011-08-25 17:19
Great B&W one of this Sydney icon Lisa - good tone and contrast.
jjcordier (79297) 2011-08-25 23:00
Belle interprétation noir et blanc de cette intéressante perspective bien habitée par la personne aux belles gambettes.
tyro (26142) 2011-08-26 1:26
I love this type of clasical or neo-classical architecture - almost as much as I love Bach and Beethoven!
It would have been simple enough just to have included those repeating arches with their excellent perspective, but the inclusion of the full height of the nearest arch as well as the roof and its hanging lamps adds an enormous amount of interest and impression of scale.
But the repeating arches must be the main feature. But, again, without the solitary lady walking towards you, this picture would not have had nearly as much interest - she, I think, really makes it.
Perfect exposure, contrasts and sharpness as is your wont.
dkmurphys (63729) 2011-08-26 2:16
A very beautiful lesson of perspective. Great bw choice, a wonderful scene overall.
Enjoy a splendid weekend.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-08-26 4:07
an outstanding architectural shot that works perfectly in the B&W medium. Shapes, shadows and textures are wonderful as is the symmetry and sharpness. An impressive POV and excellent composition.
Have a peacful weekend - Brian.
dip (23890) 2011-08-26 4:15
beautiful vertical composition,amazing perspective,great contrasts of light and shadows,and the inclusion of the woman makes the picture so atractive,well done!
Silvio1953 (151665) 2011-08-26 10:23
Ciao Lisa, bella prospettiva sul portico, bianco e nero di gran classe, ottima composizione, brava, buon week end, ciao Silvio
macjake (71731) 2011-08-26 13:16
this is the facade of the Post Office? heck, then what do the government/parliament buildings look like? lol
the depth is awesome of course, but what i like most is the almost vertical drop off at the very top of the frame. or at least it visually appears that way.
great shot of a great subject.
really like this one alot!
have an awesome w/e....i'm working
Longroute (19396) 2011-08-27 1:13
Questa è una composizione alla Vinicio (se mi concedi il paragone) - Grande senso della prospettiva e dei volumi interni, ottima scelta del punto di ripresa, architetture raffinate e di grande effetto e quindi, tocco finale, la donna messa nel punto giusto a creare un punto focale e aggiungere l'elemento umano.
Buona anche la luce e la gestione del B&N.
Insomma anche stavolta hai fatto centro!
(Sorry but this morning I'm still drowsy and my mind refuses to find a decent comment in English!)
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-08-27 2:34
Ola LIsa ,
Linda esta tua foto a preto e branco nestas arcadas , boa profundidade de foto com a mulher a meio do corredor ,boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Robert1969 (7160) 2011-08-27 10:06
The great point of view and composition creates a
lots of depth and highnes.
The great light shows every detail (no hard
I also like your choice to change the photo into
black and white, that makes the picture timeless
and it has the charm of a scene from the old
TV-series "The Saint"..
Summarized: a beautiful and timeless picture.
Friendly regards and have a nice weekend,
abmdsudi (57176) 2011-08-28 21:30
Nice and strong picture in B&W, Excellent pov, you managed to have got a wonderful balance of light and shade and lots to interest to the eye. This works well, B&W gives a cleaner image and less confusion to the eyes that makes us notice things instantaneously but the impact can be great. The architecture actually draws attention in good focus, crispy sharp and the brilliant shapes form a wonderful patterns with graphical effect in it. I do feel this adds a certain mood to the shot. This is a good shot and some strong tones, and contrast, superbly composed with long perspecticve and your exposure to retain fine detail everywhere is excellent. The loner smoothly guides the eyes thru' and I find this really finishes this one perfectly. Great work and good infor notes. Well done. Congrats
Spunkie (318) 2012-07-21 7:44
The colors of this photo is beautiful. The subtle sepia goes very well with the historic building. The woman in the photo adds a story, and thus making a static architectural picture more interesting.
Wide angle is a wonderful lens. It just annoys me that it distorts photos. This can be fixed in photoshop if you so wish.