The Q1 (Queensland 1) tower, the tallest building in Australia when measured to the spire (Eureka in Melbourne tallest to roof) was completed in 2005. Its slim-line superstructure dominates the holiday strip of the Gold Coast, 80 kilometers of the state capital Brisbane and is about 20km north of the New South Wales border.
At 323m tall, it is the same height as New York’s Chrysler Building and the Eiffel tower in Paris. The observation deck seen here, and in my past photo ”The Observers is on the 77th floor above the beach and is one of the only coastal observation decks in the world. In the afternoon, the building casts a long shadow hundreds of meters across the beach below and over the Coral Sea. It can be seen from 100km away on a clear day.
To see the full view of the tower see here
Also, this is the View from the top!
Well worth the price to go to the top for hour or so.
I eliminated colours due to the brightness of the scene and I thought it might accentuate some of the interior features better.
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aadilj (18102) 2008-01-04 3:30
Thats another rather 'curvaceous' one from you Mathew!!! I like your sense of composition here and the b/w hues. Its bold and neat and nicely captured. Good work you do.
Floydian (30970) 2008-01-04 10:32
I wonder why this image get's not the attention it deserves. You place good comments on other people's photo and they come not in return. If you would make crappy shots i could understand, but seeing this...man this is a very interesting artistic shot. The vertical composition with the bending in it wonderful, just as you colour setting. Could not believe it was you who made this...it's very good work and perfect exposed.
Best compliment i can give you i; wish this was mine..!!!
Have a nice weekend, Henk
Merline (0) 2008-01-04 12:36
Hi Matthew, this caught my eye while I was browsing the b/w gallery. I like it very much, it's very graphic, with a mix of straight lines and curves that make it dynamic also. Your verticality choice enhances that as do the reflections on the carpet. The people are a welcome bonus and the treatment of the b/w is lovely, some cyan ? (trying to learn...). Well done!
Cormac (26545) 2008-01-04 13:33
Great use of the lines and their shadows to create some very interesting patterns. The curved lines on the floor are especially good, and the way they converge toward the top really draws my eyes toward the people. I think this type of shot works best with only one or two people, as more becomes a bit distracting, but I don't mind the grouping in this one. Well done!
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2008-01-04 15:24
Very good use of lines and curves to dominate the structure of this compo. More challenging too is you choose B&W medium which is an unforgiving medium. But you've done this composition well ... good tones, contrast, and most of all perfectly composed. Excellent work! All the best for 2008.
ChrisJ (95136) 2008-01-05 0:26
It looks like Centrepoint in Sydney, the Mori Tower in Tokyo, or the Oriental Pudong Pearl Tower, in Shanghai. I've yet to see this Q1 Tower on the G.C. Good curves & tonal range. You might be interested in these 100 Qld photos I've uploaded to Trek Lens:
This is a link to TrekLens
batalay (35061) 2008-01-05 1:37
I love this shot in black and white. Sometimes colors can detract, when it is shapes and patterns that you are interested in accentuating. The note is highly informative.
Regarding your note for my photograph, "Hot Air over Luxor," I wrote you a lengthy note. I am reproducing it below:
"I enjoyed very much reading your note, and I am delighted and honored to find that you, a Trekearth friend, are a descendent of the great inventor, James Watt. There is no doubt that his improvement of the steam engine largely powered the Industrial Revolution and brought us to this point. As a professor of physics, I've frequently spoken about the thermodynamics of the steam engine, and I've always given the human drama behind great discoveries. The second oldest university in America is William and Mary (founded in 1693) had a Scottish professor of physics and chemistry in a man named James Black. He is known to have been the favorite professor of the legendary Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the US, the author of the Declaration of Independence). Black, it seems, ran for the Presidency of William and Mary, and when he lost, in disappointment, he returned to Scotland. When James Watt ran out of money and could not scale his model steam engine up to full size, James Black, with his own sizable personal fortune, came through, and sponsored Watt's remarkable machine.
"The Industrial Revolution had its seeds, however, a full-century earlier, when Isaac Newton (the greatest scientist in history), published his Principia (1687). In formulating a consistent mathematical physics, his revolution led to the coupling of science and technology, and that is what really laid the foundation for the symbioses of science and technology, fields that had been largely independent in the past. If Newton had not published, our quality of life would still be at the level of that in the 18th century. It is really the coupling of science and technology that has made the sort of progress from Kitty-Hawk in 1903 to landing on the moon in 1969 a reality.
"In the past few days I submitted the final chapter of my second book on Leonardo to the publisher. The first was "Math and the Mona Lisa," published in 2004 by the Smithsonian, and now in 11 languages. The new one, "Leonardo's Universe" will be released in May 2008 by the National Geographic. In merging great Renaissance Art with world class National Geographic photographs, and the prescient mental inventions of Leonardo, this book will really be in the spirit of Leonardo. He was the ultimate futurist. Sometimes I hear questions about whether he is overrated. The more that I've discovered, I've come to conclude, he is underrated. If he had published his scientific discoveries, we could have been at this level of scientific sophistication in the late 18th century.
soma (935) 2008-01-06 20:17
wow i like how my eyes is just following the curves of light you captured here !!
very well seen Matthew !
triptych2003 (1534) 2008-01-07 4:49
another good shot i just have to talk about. i like the curvy/straight line contrast in this shot. the blue tone is also unique, which i think is what grabbed my attention. i actually prefer this shot to your newer shot, which has similar contrasts. well done!
knerkowski (1472) 2008-01-08 2:41
Great composition. The B&W works very well
I like the light/shadows game
Sharpness is excellent
Thanks for sharing
MLINES (12516) 2008-01-10 17:37
Hi Matt. This is a place i'd love to see from the inside like you have. The photo has a mysterious look about it from this lighting. Good work. Murray.
degani (2975) 2008-01-12 14:49
I think that this is a clever picture, I like very much the lines on the floor and of the windows, interrupted by the people, very well done, bravo
Wanda1 (14980) 2008-01-20 21:27
The curved lines met by the vertical lines here make for a great graphic and dynamic shot. The black and white enhances the light and pattern nicely, and the group of people all clumped together looking at something which has grabbed their attention all with different stances is a great feature in the shot. Nice work!
marietom (34607) 2008-01-30 1:19
des courbes, mais aussi de belles lignes, qui donnent un aspect très graphique à cette image. C'est bien vu !
gokanlam (6605) 2008-02-02 5:42
I like it in B&W.. Your presentation is very nice with the graphical items, strong light, shadows and the people.. I like your perspective too..
Juzo (4335) 2010-12-19 4:29
I like the monochrome finish, it really brings the symmetry to life here and the contrasts are strong. I went up the Q1 a while ago, it was pricey but the view was worth it, I did not have a camera apart from my mobile phone when I went up, I left my camera at home by mistake (d'oh!) oh well next time. TFS this, it has made me think to return to the Gold Coast soon.
- Copyright: Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) (6043)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-00-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: PENTAX OPTIO S40
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Black and White Photographs, Collection [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-04 3:17