The "doily on a stick" by Rhoufi

The Melbourne Arts Centre and lower spire, viewed across the lawns from the Concert Hall.
A drunk tourist sits down to appreciate the magnificent architecture, once described by Melbourne architecture critic, Norman Day, as “a doily on a stick”, thus enshrining it in Melbourne folklore.


Single RAW capture: Pentax K-5; FL=50mm; A = f5.0; T = 1/25sec; ISO = 6400; Ev= +0.0
Post processing in Lightroom 3.6: cropping, exposure, contrast, white balance, sharpening

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  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiabout 3 years ago


  • A view of the top of the Spire – the “stick” end ;-)

    A Trio of Melbourne's Icons by Rhoufi

    – Rhoufi

  • A B+W work-up from the same shoot.

    Nero e Bianco by Rhoufi

    – Rhoufi

  • Lanii  Douglas
    Lanii Douglasabout 3 years ago

    Love it…this is grouse Rhoufi

  • Thank you Lanii :-)

    – Rhoufi

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camilleriabout 3 years ago

    awesome colours & composition, very nicely captured here Rhoufi !!

  • Thank you Karen, all natural lighting too.

    – Rhoufi

  • 1more photo
    1more photoabout 3 years ago

    looks like a strange boat…….
    quite good for an Art center
    great photo, a bit surreal colors, I love that!

  • It was wild when it was built (30+ years ago) and I think most people like it now. They light it up better these days and it can look stunning. Merci Madame, always merci :-)

    – Rhoufi

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartabout 3 years ago

    Very cool image Rhoufi, I’ve never seen her quite like this!

  • It was a view I had not seen before and I was keen to try the high ISO capability of the K-5, and I was not unhappy with the result. Thank you Georgie.

    – Rhoufi

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerabout 3 years ago

    Lovely stick figure Rhoufi – great night shot :-)

  • Thanks Cathy. I must find a photo showing the whole spire so you can see exactly why it is like a doily on a stick.

    – Rhoufi

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasabout 3 years ago

    Am reminded of a sentence my Muma used to deliver to me, when I would tell her I was bored,
    If you don’t know what to do, stop until you do, and think about it.".
    Pretty solid advice for your tourist there, I.d say.
    like how you ’ve captured your city icons…especially like the golden light at the bottom.
    walk in beauty,

  • Morning Sass ;-) I think it takes a long time to appreciate your own city. I have lived here a long time, but it is only after taking up photography that I have truly “seen” it. Thank you for your considered comments on all my pages. :-) ~ R

    – Rhoufi

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...about 3 years ago

    what beautiful lighting! lovely shot.

  • Thank you Jane

    – Rhoufi

  • liza1880
    liza1880about 3 years ago

    Great colours and composition

  • Thank you Liza, I guess you’d know exactly where is was taken from ;-))

    – Rhoufi

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