Coops Shot Tower - Angle #3, Melbourne - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

Coops Shot Tower - Angle #3, Melbourne - The HDR Experience by 

This is a grand example of how saving history and incorporating a heritage building into a development can benefit the development.

The Coops (Melbourne Central) Shot Tower is located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. It was completed in 1890 and is 50 metres high. The historic building was saved from demolition in 1973 and was incorporated into the massive Melbourne Central complex in 1991 underneath an 84m high conical glass roof.

Coop’s Shot Tower is 9 storeys high, and has 327 steps to the top. The tower produced six tonnes of shot weekly up until 1961, when the demand for the lead shot dwindled, due to new firearm regulations.[citation needed]

Recently, a museum called the Shot Tower Museum has been set up inside of the tower at the back of R.M. Williams, which is tenanted in the tower.
Coops Shot Tower – This is a fine example of a rare and distinctive building type and survives almost intact to this day. The building is carefully massed with its campanile style central tower above the two storey factory with five arched openings. Much of the original shot making equipment survives and gives the building extra significance. The Shot Tower is a prominent city landmark and was the focal point of a group of brick warehouses and stores in this area. This brick tower rises 50m (165ft) and was allowed to surpass the 40m (132ft)by 10m due to the purpose of the bldg- Shot making process. it is one of 5 shot towers built in Australia. It has been preserved despite demolition of all other buildings on this block it is now enclosed in 1991 by the 77m tall geometrical cone of the Melbourne Central shopping complex.

Equipment: Nikon D300 Sigma 10-20mm lens handheld

Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted Images, Photomatix 3.26

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Coops Shot Tower Angle #1:

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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  • vesa50
    vesa50almost 5 years ago

    Wow. Great perspective.

  • gibbandy
    gibbandyalmost 5 years ago

    great image…love the detail in the brickwork

  • thanks Andy

    – Philip Johnson

  • Munggo
    Munggoalmost 5 years ago

    A brilliant shot…very well captured indeed.

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    Great angle, super capture …

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago


  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...almost 5 years ago

    excellent perspective on this

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent shot… ooh the vertigo! ;D

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

    Great looking image and tower.
    Did you take one of these shots down? I commented on a similar one.

  • sky   princess
    sky princessalmost 5 years ago

    Very great capture!!

  • NinaF
    NinaFalmost 5 years ago

    great capture and interesting history

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