ENGLISH: This is the Australian War Memorial in our capital city, Canberra. It was built in 1941, designed by Emil Sodersten and John Crust in the late 1920s. Along the walls are the names of all the Australian soldiers who gave their lives for their country throughout the many wars over the years. It's a very sobering thought that one day, there will not be enough walls for those names.
PS: I've just looked at my upload in horror to find out that I uploaded the un-adjusted image. I had corrected the distortion in the one I should have uploaded. Apologies.
PPS: Just for Ike, I have included the colour version in my Workshop.
ITALIANO: Si tratta del Australian War Memorial al nostro capitale, Canberra. L'edifice fu construito in 1941, da Emil Sodersten e John Crust. Su ogni lato e muro sono i nomi dei caduti. E' una cosa triste quando penso che un giorno, non sara' abbastanza spazia per quelli nomi.
Canon 5D MkII
17mm using 17-40mm lens
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jimkil (1702) 2012-06-03 23:34
Beautiful black and white render, the perspective is top notch, not too hard with the contrasts either, reflection is icing on the cake. just perfect as the people show scale of this architecture.
Regards from over the ditch
ifege (10225) 2012-06-04 0:02
Hi Lisa - most unusual seeing the War Memorial almost empty. A good clear and sharp photo with great B&W contrast.
If you've time on your way back from Canberra call in at beautiful down town Mittagong for a coffee.
TopGeo (38202) 2012-06-04 0:11
Hello Lisa! Great scene Architecture, great 'low' POV, very good framing and composition! Excellent perspective! Great light management, excellent choice of b&w with great contrasts!Best regards
SnapRJW (30915) 2012-06-04 0:20
Hi Lisa - Perfect in B&W and what a well composed shot. The diminishing perspective is very good with so many architectural lines leading the eye towards the dome. Actually, I thought the architecture with arches, dome and pool looked middle eastern so was quite surprised to see it is a war memorial in Canberra. Very well managed range of tones, I really need to try B&W a bit more as in this type of shot it underlines the architectural detail and one doesn't get distracted by colour. Very elegant work. Warm regards rosemary
angel66 (1006) 2012-06-04 0:21
stamani dopo Shooting from the hip ecco un'altra foto completamente opposta all'altra, sia tecnicamente e di poesia. Mi piacciono i tuoi esperimenti..qui noto il tempo di scatto a 13! La tua fotografia mi ispira molto e invoglia a provare sempre nuove cose. Grazie
yquem46 (38716) 2012-06-04 0:23
A splendid shot perfectly turned to b&w
I like the long perspective, the reflection and what looks like coins in the pond
have a nice day
Royaldevon (28747) 2012-06-04 0:49
Good Morning Lisa,
I was surprised to find that this was a shot from Australia; my first impression was of the Middle East.
Your pov is very compelling with many converging lines, both real and reflected, drawing the eyes towards the dome. Excellent sense of perspective.
Your use of b&w is sensitive and, with your notes does make one think beyond the photograph.
Have a lovely day,
siudzi (33109) 2012-06-04 0:59
Amazing composition taken with superb symmetry from this point of view. The visual effect of this image is truly awesome. Excellent perspective and depth. Like it a lot!
dta (65852) 2012-06-04 1:11
Ciao Lisa ,
Excellente réalisation , avec une perspective parfaite et de superbes reflets . J'aime beaucoup les petites feuilles à la surface du bassin . Le choix du N&B fonctionne très bien , en couleur ça peut être beau aussi .
carlo62 (31618) 2012-06-04 1:38
la tristezza del luogo sottolineata dal bel B&W.
La foto è ben composta e altrettanto ben fatta, bellissimo il gioco creato dal riflesso che rispecchia esattamente la costruzione.
Silvio1953 (120840) 2012-06-04 3:29
Ciao Lisa, magnifica simmetria e splendidi riflessi, fantastico bianco e nero, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-06-04 3:43
Ola Lisa ,
Está linda esta tua foto a preto e branco neste memorial da II Guerra Mundial ,boa sensação de profundidade e um belo reflexo neste pequeno lago , bons detalhes de arquitetura , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
francio64 (38276) 2012-06-04 4:25
molto bello questo Memorial.
Ho immaginato subito che si trattasse di un Memorial dalla sua particolare architettura, sebbene un pò diverso da quello che ho visto a Sydney.
Ho visto che Camberra non è molto lontano da Sydney.
Chissà, forse un giorno ci andrò.
Molto bello il POV, nonchè l'ottimo trattamento in bianco e nero.
Bellissimo il riflesso sull'acqua.
Spero avrai altre immagini di Canberra da proporci, anche a colori.
Molto brava! TFS! Passa una buona settimana!
Sergiom (58876) 2012-06-04 6:16
Since your little war ( without casualties ) with TE, I went to the site in question to see what it was all about and I noticed that a lot of my photos where posted also. Thank you for being so brave in front of the ennemy and I wish to never see your name on these walls.
Have a nice day soldier
timecapturer (48142) 2012-06-04 6:21
if this is distorted then it is barely noticable and does not detract from the impact of this really classy shot. Love the symmetry and irresistable perspective. It is an awesome looking place and has an almost extra-terrestrial atmosphere about it, which in some respects befits it as a memorial to the glorious dead. Stunning image and very effective in B&W.
Regards - Brian.
npecanhuk (64434) 2012-06-04 6:27
Wonderful architectural details!
Special regards to the choice for black & white, exposure, chosen pov and symmetrical composition!
TFS - congrats,
sabermonajati (9351) 2012-06-04 6:45
excellent architecture with nice perspective from archways and wonderful reflect you captured.
jjcordier (75768) 2012-06-04 8:13
Excellente photo très bien composée avec une excellente perspective. Un bon choix du noir et blanc, bien adapté à cette image.
ikeharel (56212) 2012-06-04 8:38
To tell you the truth, Lisa, as I always do: this time I'd like to see how this place looks in colors.
It's an impressive edifice, clear and neat outlines, mighty dome and archs on the sides.
POV and depth were super.
*** In my photo with the kayak, I did not aimed to include the sky. Light would be very difficult to handle, so POV was directly onto the water. Thanks.
lousat (75766) 2012-06-04 8:56
Ciao Lisa,io ho visitato il memoriale di El Alamein in Egitto,dove oltre agli italiani ci sono anche molti australiani,c'e' sempre un'atmosfera strana e triste in questi posti,vero? La foto è bellissima,prospettiva perfetta e scelta del bianco e nero come una metafora a ricordo del tempo passato.Complimenti e buona giornata,Luciano
eldancer1 (27303) 2012-06-04 9:01
Indeed! And it's a nice capture of those walls especially in B&W, somehow it just looks more real. Excellent pov and good dof with nice details even the reflections. Good contrast. Very well done tfs.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-06-04 9:46
This is Art at its finest. Superb and stunning presentation with masterful reflections and awesome DOF. I love what you've done here in B&W and find this photo to be so alluring and pleasing, great job here Lisa!!
TFS.........Your Friend from California........Buddy
chawax (19236) 2012-06-04 9:51
I first thought it was a temple in India or something like that ! Excellent POV with great perspective lines that add depth to the composition. I love the reflections in the basin too. Very good B&W conversion.
Have a nice week,
williewhistler (13771) 2012-06-04 13:09
this shot brings back memories of our Canberra visit,it was a most moving experience seeing all those poppies.
The mono treatment works well here accentuating the perspective and the symmetry.
The composition is lovely and the light sky has retained some interesting cloud.Nice one.
Best regards Les.
photoray (11861) 2012-06-04 13:16
A combination impressive architecture - Roman and what we Californian's call "Art Deco", with your excellent monochrome vision; especially the mirror of the dominate structure with parallel arches.
A worthy memorial and ironically completed on the start of another World War disaster.
PS: Thank you and other Trekies for working on preventing photo theft.
I am able to copy photos by "right-clicking" on the image, then "save as", using Windows "Vista" operating system. The saved copied photo is apparently the same byte size as the original posted one.
tyro (20098) 2012-06-04 14:14
Now, I thought I'd seen a picture of this place not that very long ago and, sure enough, I found this one uploaded by a favourite photographer of mine.
Interestingly enough, you point out that you uploaded the wrong picture as this one has not had its distortion corrected. I'm trying to imagine what this one would look like were the distortion to be corrected but I keep looking further at this picture and my feeling is that the distortion actually gives it more drama and impact - a bit like entasis, perhaps, which, as we know, has made structures appear grander and more imposing from the Pyramids, Greek and Roman columns to the Cenotaph in Whitehall and even Rolls-Royce radiator cowls.
The lighting too is superb and adds to the grandeur as also does the strong perspective. Wonderful contrasts and tones and exquisite sharpness. A very thought provoking note too.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-06-04 18:08
Namaskar dear Lisa,
Beautiful image of this war memorial with no one except you I guess.The black and white suits well here. Perfect symmetry with clear reflection. To be honest with you, I haven't noticed any distortion. Lisa, pardon my ignorance, what are those white dots in the water? Lovely architecture .
jadesgran (5290) 2012-06-04 21:56
I recognised your War Memorial pics straight away,as both Les and myself have almost the same ourselves.The architecture and the beds of plain white flowers ( back then a few years ago) were very fitting, and tastefully done.
A very moving and sobering place.
danos (85865) 2012-06-04 23:06
very nice the view of the Australian War Memorial with the B/W format to make it even more effective.I like the creative perspective as the clarity of the image.
dkmurphys (48566) 2012-06-05 0:51
Very beautiful capture from this impressive place. I like the perspective lines and the artistic lack of colors. Well taken!
Fellini (6407) 2012-06-05 1:49
Uno scatto in style Taj Mahal!
Brava Lisa, perfette simmetrie in un bianco e nero deciso e robusto che ben si addice allo spirito di questi luoghi.
Quest'anno a Manila ho visitato un luogo della memoria immenso...hai raggione, davvero strana l'atmosfera in questi luoghi.
abmdsudi (42760) 2012-06-05 9:20
What an amazing structure, stunning view in wonderful detail and superb beautiful bg. It's so well composed, a nice symmetry and your viewpoint extends the depth immensely. Excellent tonal contrast, crispiness and exposure. The wate reflection is a real boinus and strong focal into the compo. Great shot, Congrats
macjake (55688) 2012-06-05 9:43
great photo, it caught my attention immediately when scanning your gallery.
these types of scenes with the long perspective lines are some of my favorites. but is the photo straight? or is it just that my eyes are crooked? the only thing I hate about these shots are trying to correct the horizon line and get the architectural lines all flowing - often they dont line up - but thats just my stupid ocd acting up again as its only tilting downward to the right a tad.
believe me, i love the scene, and the bw conversion.
As for coming to your homeland for Nursing jobs, Tosca and I are still searching about it, and thinking about it. Actually, alot of it depends on Scooby! lol
he's an older dog, taking him on the plane would kill the old guy. So we'd have to wait at least a couple years lol. We'll see how it goes!
have a great one!
ourania (30351) 2012-06-05 14:10
Ciao cara Lisa,
la tua foto `e bellissima, con affascinante perspettiva e profondit`a, ottima illuminazione, nitidezza e chiarezza, stupende tonalit`a e atmosfera dolce-amara e suggestiva. Il riflesso nitidissimo aggiunge al effetto di profondit`a ed al fascino delle linee convergenti. La presenza di alcune persone al centro dell' attenzione, in fondo nero, vivifica la composizione ed i pensieri. La foto accattiva a lungo, la tua nota lo stesso. Mi stupivo sempre pensando alla partecipazione dei soldati Australiani, Neozelandesi, Indiani in guerre lontanissime, in terre sconosciute. Hanno sicuramente guadagnato il rispetto di tutti, sopratutto quelli che li hanno conosciuti nella loro terra come amici o nemici. Penso che si siano trovati anche a Lero, l' isola di Dodecaneso dove abito. La Battaglia di Lero fu molto importante nella seconda guerra mondiale. Ci furono anche Indiani che i piu anziani ricordano ancora e che avevano trasformato un' aula della scuola elementare in tempio. Cosi lontani dalla loro patria e le loro famiglie...
Complimenti per la efficacissima foto e tante grazie!
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-06-05 19:16
I find the monochrome version better as the exposition on both side of the walls looks quite balanced and it highlights the lines and patterns in the frame. The reflection is a nice element too and the POV and perspective is well chosen. Great exposition btw, balanced, clear, sharp and clean!
ChrisJ (96876) 2012-06-06 4:17
I've flown over Canberra many times enroute from Sydney to Melbourne & Brisbane and seen it from the air, but have never been there. I must try & get there one day. Its worth 2-3 days from what I hear. Good sharpness and incredible diminishing linear perspective & vanishing point. A classic textbook case! Nice tonal range, sharpness, graphism & reflections. Tfs!
Juzo (4345) 2012-06-07 7:17
A grand edifice and great perspective, very strong lines - the B&W suits this so well. I am long overdue a visit to Canberra, and considering I work for the Fed Govt, I should view as a duty hehe.
Noel_Byrne (23404) 2012-06-18 11:45
Beautiful choice in B&W and your image is so incredibly crisp and sharp. That is a perfect reflection and such an idyllic scene. Great note too.
serp2000 (39688) 2012-07-03 6:26
Perfect composition. Good presentation of the War Memorial. Outstanding point of view, perfect quality.
An interesting note too.
baddori (19471) 2012-08-06 9:25
Sempre in prima linea nelle due guerre mondiali, Corea e Vietnam ed ...
Molti morti tra questi coraggiosi soldati.
Anche a Cagliari nel cimitero militare monumentale vi sono croci per Australiani soldati, marinai e , purtroppo molti RAAF.
Farò una preghiera per loro.
La foto stupenda, L'esterno stretto e commuovente per la bianca imponenza.
- Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) (53001)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2012-06-00
- Categories: Ceremony, Architecture
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): francio64 (My favourite/1), Australian Architectural Landmarks [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-03 23:31