Parliament House Canberra

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Parliament House was opened on 9 May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. Its construction cost was over $1.1 billion. At the time of its construction it was the most expensive building in the Southern Hemisphere. Prior to 1988, the Parliament of Australia met in the Provisional Parliament House, which is now known as "Old Parliament House".

There are 25,000 granite slabs on the curved walls which, placed end to end, would stretch 46 kilometres. The building required 300,000 cubic metres of concrete, enough to build 25 Sydney Opera Houses and has a design life of at least 200 years. The building has 4,700 rooms and has 2,416 clocks that are used for voting. On a non-sitting day there could be 2,000 to 3,000 people working there.

The flag flown from the 81-metre flagpole is 12.8m by 6.4m, about the size of half a tennis court. The flagpole weighs 220 tonnes and is made of polished stainless steel from Newcastle, New South Wales. It was designed to be the pinnacle of Parliament House and is an easily recognizable symbol of national government. It is visible by day from outside and inside Parliament House and floodlit at night. The flag itself weighs approximately 15 kg.

Although security has been greatly tightened in recent years, much of the building is open to the public.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_House,_Canberra

Explored! Highest position #463. Thank you so very much!

The Shot

- 3X [-2,0,+2]
- Tripod
- Canon 10-20mm lens

Photomatix

None :)

Photoshop

- Added three layers: +2 0 -2
- Layer mask on top two, in the oven on 180C, cooked for 20 mins until nice and crispy :)
- Curves on bottom layer to saturate the water reflections a little bit

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  1. Beann'shie 57 months ago | reply

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  2. Dougie m 57 months ago | reply

    the colors are fantastic!

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  3. Billy Currie 56 months ago | reply

    Stunning work

  4. Evil Pumpkin [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

    10/10!!!!

  5. aaardvaark 54 months ago | reply

    I didn't see this at the time, it's a fantastic image. Baked in the oven just right.

  6. Prinz Wilbert 52 months ago | reply

    very ellegant!

  7. Mick H 51 52 months ago | reply

    Spot on long exposure !

  8. Alexander Steinhof 52 months ago | reply

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  10. Fer Brusa 49 months ago | reply

    great shot!

  11. stulandr 49 months ago | reply

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  12. Ali85na 47 months ago | reply

    Wow, very gorgeous!

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  14. Tiny_ninja 34 months ago | reply

    Great detail!

  15. spelio 3 months ago | reply

    See it on the Parliament House website..
    25years.aph.gov.au/

  16. tista_ceres "Simone Arrigone" 3 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot, I really like the composition, light and exposure.
    Congratulations, great job!

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