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St Johns

St Johns
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Copyright: Ralph Starck (HapiSnapa) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 20 N: 343] (2534)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-25
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR, Marumi CPL
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-27 0:46
Viewed: 1157
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of what was the St John Ambulance National Office at the Corner Beresford Street and Pitt Street in Auckland City. The cars at the front are a distraction but very much part of the use that the building is now used for.

This Edwardian Baroque building on Beresford Street, constructed in stages from 1912 onwards, was designed as the Central Fire Station by Goldsbro' and Wade.

The detail work, the alternating bands of red and buff bricks, the dressings and decorative lead rainwater heads are notable. The original design also included oriel windows and gables. This building was designed for horsedrawn fire engines and encloses a central courtyard which can be entered through a large arch, above which the magnificent bell tower with a copper roofed dome is located. This tower contained the kitchen and living area. Adjoining was the administrative block and the stables.

In 1944, the buildings where taken over by the St. John's Ambulance as their Auckland headquarters.
In the mid 1990s, the building was purchased by a private investor and acommodates commercial businesses, retail and apartments.

PP work in Photoshop utilising Topaz Adjust.

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Hi Ralph,
Nice capture, a shame about the damn cars though but not exactly anything you can do in that situation. Glad you made the most of the clear weather we've had over the weekend, the blue sky shows up well in this shot.

Good exposure here, 1/160s was a good choice. Nice DOF too. To be picky, there's some very fine grain in the sky that could do with removing but it's so minimal that it doesn't really detract from the photo in any way. I've been enjoying these building shots you've been uploading lately, keep up the good work mate.


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-07-27 21:16]

Very nice architecture and excellent colors and detail. The cars don't bother me, just a part of daily life. TFS

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