Friday, October 30, 2009


awaits you

I often pass by this part of the University when I go for jogging. Strictly speaking, this is one of the 11 residential colleges of the University, and as such does not offer any study program per se. Its main purpose is to provide accommodation with rich academic atmosphere (tutorials, mentoring) and extracurricular programs (sports & activities).

When talked about the architecture of the University, we cannot leave out the colleges. They have, among others, uniquely looking buildings, vast lawns, sport ground & tree-lines. This particular spot at Queen's college had captured my attention for a while. There is one relatively isolated building, a footpath, a few trees and an expansive lawn in its front, which combined together, create that feel of tranquility.

Last autumn, when I was moving about the campus to capture the autumn foliage, I decided to come here which by then had its lawn covered with fallen dry leaves, red in colour. As I wanted to emphasize the bed of dry leaves, I lowered the camera to a few inches above the ground. My initial intent was to convey a pensive mood reflecting the change and its cycle.

But when I looked at the picture on the screen, I began to entertain a different idea. There are fallen leaves. The trees are half-bare. And there is one isolated building with a few clouds in the backdrop. I tried converting to black & white, applying a red filter to lighten up the dry leaves. The resulting image had none of the original mood left. In its stead, there is a feeling of desolateness & eerie mood which I like a lot.

Location: Queen's College, University of Melbourne, Australia
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/50s
Aperture: f/13
Focal Length: 18mm
Filter: N/A
Flash: No
Tripod: No

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