Vertigo - QVB Building (Colour)- The HDR Experience  by Philip Johnson

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Vertigo - QVB Building (Colour)- The HDR Experience by 

Sizing Information

Small 12.0" x 7.9"
Medium 18.0" x 11.8"
Large 24.0" x 15.7"
X large 30.0" x 19.7"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth

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The Queen Victoria Building is currently undergoing a facelift at $37.5
million , one of the features is upgrading the paintwork to victorian period colours.

This image shows "The Grand Staircase* of Sydneys Grand Queen Victoria Building, and is an example of how grand old buildings can be restored and still be used as money making concerns, in this case a grand shopping experience

The Queen Victoria Building, now affectionately known as the QVB, was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site. Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, construction took place in dire times, as Sydney was in a severe recession. The elaborate Romanesque architecture was specially planned for the grand building so the Government could employ many out-of-work craftsmen – stonemasons, plasterers, and stained window artists – in a worthwhile project. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople, such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers and florists, were accommodated.

The QVB fills an entire city block bound by George, Market, York and Druitt Streets. The dominant feature is the mighty centre dome, consisting of an inner glass dome and an exterior copper- sheathed dome. Glorious stained glass windows and splendid
architecture endure throughout the building and an original 19th century staircase sits alongside the dome. Every detail has been faithfully restored, including arches, pillars, balustrades and the intricate tiled floors thus maintaining the integrity of the building.
The visual message of Sydney’s coat of arms, on the cartwheel stained glass window, is that the beehive depicts business, the sailing ship – trade, and the dolphins – the harbour. Panel 1, on the left hand side, represents the Council of the City of Sydney, and symbols of architecture, while the letters I.G.B. on panel 3, on the right, represent Ipoh Gardens Berhad, the Malaysian company who restored the QVB.

The symbols are of property developers – the builders. The bottom central panel represents the heraldic symbol of a finished building and the joining of two hands denotes the fusing of two cultures. There are many interesting and charming exhibitions and attractions throughout the building, along with portraits of the Queen. There is also a letter from Queen Elizabeth II to the Citizens of Sydney to be opened and read by the Lord Mayor of Sydney in the year 2085. Outside the QVB, on Town Hall Place, facing The Town Hall are the Royal Wishing Well and Queen Victoria’s statue.

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Equipment – Nikon D300 Sigma 10-20mm lens
Technique : HDR 5 Bracketted images, Photomatix

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Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews Australia

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2012

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  • Terence Russell
    Terence Russellover 5 years ago

    Great! I get 1st crack, if I am fast enough, to compliment you on a extraordinary creation! Thumbs up! You scored a fav, Philip!

  • thank you Terence much appreciated

    – Philip Johnson

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    Wow! I fell in love with the b&w version, but I think I love this one just a touch more Philip! Such nice rich deep colours and the details are amazing! Beautiful work :)

  • thank you shelly i have to go back to the building, to ease my staircase addiction lol

    – Philip Johnson

  • Alexander Meysztowicz-Howen
    Alexander Meys...over 5 years ago

    You are one of the few HDR practitioners who gets the amount of processing right most of the time. A pleasure to see your work.

  • Thank You Alex , someone once said less is better

    – Philip Johnson

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacover 5 years ago

    These QVB shots are always facinating… They are almost surreal… well done : )

  • RichWR
    RichWRover 5 years ago

    Excellent HDR capture of a marvelous building.

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 5 years ago

    Ooo such warm colours, lovely. It might sound weird but the colour version makes me feel a little less vertigo-ish… how weird am I? LOL

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Lovely colours and so much to see …

  • jules572
    jules572over 5 years ago

    Fine example of lines and colour highlighted by the HDR. Full view and you feel your falling. You’ve succeeded in drawing us in. :-))

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 5 years ago

    Yet another gorgeous perspective and image to your collection. Extraordinary.

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Wow, awesome shot! So many patterns,lines, shapes and curves! A geometric dream! Wonderful pov and perspective used!

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