Bundaberg Post Office by Luke Griffin

Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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  • Luke Griffin
    Luke Griffinover 3 years ago

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    • Bundaberg Post Office, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia.
    • Dedicated to my father who last week retired after 43 years working for Australia Post.

    Bundaberg is situated 15 kilometres inland from the coast at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef on the banks of the Burnett River. It is approximately 385 kilometres north of Brisbane and is a major provincial centre within Queensland’s Wide Bay-Burnett region.

    Bundaberg Post Office is a substantial, well designed public building in the Victorian Italianate style. It is an important example of the prosperity of Bundaberg in the late 19th century as the centre of one of Queensland’s most significant sugar growing regions.

    The post office is one of a number of significant Queensland post office buildings constructed in major regional centres in the 1880s and 90s, retaining major characteristics of this series including substantial masonry and its two-storey design.

    The building is located at the intersection of Bourbong and Barolin Streets, one of the town’s main intersections, and is constructed of rendered brick. In plan it was designed as an ‘L’ shape. There are major elevations to both streets and an entrance under the clock tower at the corner of the building.

    The landmark corner clock tower, which rises to an equivalent of six stories, is flanked by arcades and loggias to both street facades. The clock tower is an ornate classically influenced parapet, below which are clock faces to each side set between pilasters.

    Lower levels of the tower correspond to storeys defined by window openings, those on the first floor forming a small bay. The tower is flanked by wings consisting of an arcade to each side with a covered balcony above, which joins a two storey gabled projection below a triangular pediment. A small single storey section finishes each wing.

    Bundaberg, colloquially known as “Bundy”, is thought to be an artificial combination of bunda, the Kabi Aboriginal word denoting important man and the German suffix berg indicating mountain. The local Aboriginal group is the Gurang Gurang (goo-rang goo-rang) people.

    Bundaberg boasts other heritage buildings alongside modern architecture. The area is also known for its pristine beaches where turtles can be seen in their natural habitat, and of course the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

    • Photographs taken with Nikon D7000, 10-20mm Sigma lens @ 13mm, f/4.5, iso100, tripod. HDR created from 3 bracketed exposures (-2,0,+2), tonemapped in Photomatix. Final processing in PS CS4 & additional plug-ins.
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    • Image added on 5th of October, 2011

    – Luke Griffin

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 3 years ago

    stunning !!!

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Ian Berry
    Ian Berryover 3 years ago

    Great POV for this Building Luke. I like your HDR treatment. Hey, I really like your “View extra large Button”. What is the go with that? I’ve not seen anywhere else.

  • Thanks Ian.
    The ‘big’ button is a trade secret and if I told you I’d have to kill you. Nah… just kidding mate I will do up a tutorial journal tomorrow for you.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Here you go mate:

    – Luke Griffin

  • Leigh Monk
    Leigh Monkover 3 years ago

    Nice work Luke

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    Very effective use of the wide angle lens, Luke! Looks great!

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    great capture Luke!

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 3 years ago


  • Kris Montgomery
    Kris Montgomeryover 3 years ago

    Excellent treatment of this lovely old building Luke… the extra large view looks amazing. How do you get that ‘view extra large’ button???

  • Thanks Kris.
    I will do up a tutorial journal tomorrow on the ‘big’ button. ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

  • Here you go Kris.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Marie!

    – Luke Griffin

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