Yesterday I found myself in the city with an estimated half a million Melbournians to witness the highlights of the second White Night festival when the city's iconic buildings are illuminated in gaudy colours and patterns. In addition there are concerts,films and various installations throughout parks and even alleyways.
Featured in this photo is the Forum, a building with a long history, which these days looks shabby and neglected, but which on the night was transformed into a thing of beauty.
I have included part of the building's history from wikipedia:
The Forum Theatre (formerly known as the "State Theatre") is a theatre located on the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The building was designed by American architect John Eberson, who has designed many theatres across the globe, along with a local architectural firm at the time; Bohringer, Taylor & Johnson. It was designed as an "Atmospheric theatre" movie palace. The interior features reproductions of Greco-Roman statuary and a sky-blue ceiling decorated with small stars, mimicking a twilight sky.
The building features a Moorish Revival exterior, including minarets and a clock tower. When it opened in February 1929, the cinema had the largest seating capacity in Australia, holding 3371 people. Moorish Revival or Neo-Moorish is one of the exotic revival architectural styles that were adopted by architects of Europe and the Americas in the wake of the Romanticist fascination with all things oriental. It reached the height of its popularity after the mid-nineteenth century.
Taking of photos was difficult as people kept walking in front of the lens. I found myself in a sea of humanity as streets were crammed from one footpath to the other. With no tripod and an ISO of 3200 and shutter speed of 1/25, it was a miracle that I ended up with a few images worth posting.
Workshop has another image of the same building.
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serp2000 (45336) 2014-02-23 8:39
Franky speaking I like both photos, excellent exposure, fine details. Good title, I have never been in Uzbekistan but I think about.
My first idea was this is the hotel ;)
Best wishes from the Olympic country!
nedasepanloo (234) 2014-02-23 11:38
Hi Klaudio ,
Nice picture ! Beautiful colors and good sharpness !
Have nice day
shevchenko (20548) 2014-02-23 18:39
Beautiful old architecture look in vivid color and dazzling lighting effect during the festival, good frame to show it, distinct night photo, interesting composition and informative note to introduce it, well done.
annjackman (21901) 2014-02-24 0:07
You did very well without a tripod as there is good sharpness. I like the tilt in the frame and the wonderful vibrant red shades against the black sky.
Very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
dekanski (5908) 2014-02-24 5:15
OH! A ja sam pomislio da si stigao do Samarkanda!! Kada sam pogledao fotografiju, pomislio sam čak da sam u pravu. To samo govori kojliko su i motiv na njoj, a i ona dobri. Čestitam, mogu misliti koliko je vremena trebalo da se dočeka ovaj trenutak.
Već godinama planiram put u Samarkand, ali nikako da nađem vremena (čitaj para). Nažalost avionske karte za te ne naročito popularne destinacije ovde su preskupe.
ikeharel (76209) 2014-02-24 9:11
Fascinating thousands white dots over the red illuminated building, and reading your note - there is a great difference when seeing the place on daylight.
Fine two photos on same location, intriguing photography-wise, and well done technically.
vjmite (4216) 2014-02-25 5:11
This photo is nice and sharp and well exposed, despite the difficult conditions. It captures the feeling of the place on the night. I didn't see this particular pattern - I didn't hang around long enough to see the whole repertoire as there were so many other sights to see.
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-02-25 10:46
Great capture of this beautiful architecture with an original POV and a good light management. I like it!
kasianowak (10029) 2014-02-27 0:46
Beautiful image of this splendid and nicely lit façade. I admire you for your attempt to capture this without a tripod and achieving a great result. The effect of 3200 ISO doesn't show, at least not at this file size.
Looking at this building I must say - no wonder it made you dream of Timurid architecture!
The photo in WS is also very nice