New Council Chambers

This large monstrosity is the new Brisbane City Council Chambers. It's not finished yet, but the exterior is mostly done.

I took this with my new wide-angle lens while out on our lunchtime walk.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 28th September 2006, This photo: 1:52pm

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  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Wow - very cool. Still very impressed with that thingy.
    I can see it making it to my "want to have" list fairly quickly :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    It is very cool David :)

    The ability to capture just about everything in my field of view is well worth it.

    The only drawbacks I've come across are a slight increase in noise on the original shots, and a propensity for highlight flaring (see the white clouds in this pic - overexposed). The latter of these problems can be fixed presumably with exposure compensation, the former isn't greatly noticeable except in larger versions.
  • looby88 said:
    I missed this one- got too absorbed with your bookcase !! I often ended up with white skys with the s2, I still do in fact, makes a change from blue ! I agree with the monstrosity bit, we have a few of our own, you need Prince Charles to come over and talk about monstrous carbuncles or whatever. I'm sure we can lend him to you for awhile.....
  • David de Groot said:
    One of the ways to ensure you get a blue sky is to use the exposure lock when pointing at the sky. It'll make your foreground darker, usually, but that could be touched up in photoshop/picasa if needed. Most of the time I find it's not needed.

    The other almost sure-fire way of getting blue skies is to use a polarizing filter :)

    This however used neither technique - the wide angle lens seemed to cope well and I ended up with a blue sky anyway :)

    As for Prince Chuck, you can keep him there. I'm not a republican but ol' Charles doesn't really espouse great kingly attributes.
  • *Livien said:
    Wow! Council chambers! Really? Oh, it makes me sad to think about the new places that have been erected and the changes that have been made since I left there. No permission sought from me either. :) I miss Brisbane!
  • David de Groot said:
    Scary isn't it ? I'm so glad I live outside Brisbane and aren't contributing to the financing of this.

    Apparently they've approved the destruction of the Pier 9 riverside centre too, supposed to be replaced by yet another highrise. Note sure when that's scheduled to start as there's no signage there and the businesses are still in full swing.
  • *Livien said:
    WHAT?! They are getting rid of the riverside centre?! Omg... no way!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Supposedly, yeah. :(
  • spottiewattie17 said:
    Looks like an interesting, modern piece of architecture :)
  • David de Groot said:
    It stands out terribly Bryan. The other side is almost black, so from a distance it's this large black rectangular prism sitting fat on the skyline. When you get closer you can see the four coloured extensions that jut out from the base (not shown well on this pic, but the green is part of one). It's meant to be environmentally friendly, at it might be, but it's still waaaay more than a city council should be able to afford, even a largish city like Brisbane.
  • letsmakeart said:
    I actually like this building, if you want to complain about ugly builtings check out the hitachi buildings. It is the same colour as the teeth of a cigarette smoker. The city could use a bit more uniqueness.