Coops Shot Tower c1888 - Melbourne, Australia - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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This is an great example of how progress can happen but not destroy our heritage buildings in the middle of the Melbourne shopping centre.

Coop’s Shot Tower is located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.1 It was completed in 18882 and is 50 metres high. The historic building was saved from demolition in 1973 and was incorporated into Melbourne Central complex in 1991 underneath an 84 m-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, because of 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, a tenant in the tower.
The site is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.1

Source: Wikipedia

Equipment: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm lens

Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted exposures, tonemapped in Photomatix, converted to B&W using Adobe Photoshop Elements 9

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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

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonabout 2 years ago


  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibabout 2 years ago

    Nice work Philip!

  • DavidsArt
    DavidsArtabout 2 years ago

    I have seen many many images of this shot tower and indeed I have one on RB myself. However I have never seen one where the circular framework in the background appears so flat almost like a backdrop. Don’t know how you have managed this but well done on taking such a fantastic shot and in taking a common item and showing it differently.

  • well the original shot i actually leant against the building

    – Philip Johnson

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