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Rotorua Tourist Centre

Rotorua Tourist Centre
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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: 2008-04-30
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D-70s, SIGMA 18-200/3.5-6.3 DC, Kenko Digital UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-04-01 0:34
Viewed: 2890
Points: 10
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Rotoruas Old Post Office
The Old Post Office was opened in 1914 to replace the original 1880's building. It is sited on the southwest corner of Arawa and Fenton Streets and incorporates a memorial town clock erected in honour of Premier Richard Seddon who died in 1906. It was decided to ask the Government to incorporate the clock tower in the plans for the Post Office and this was agreed to. The clock arrived in Rotorua in 1907 from Shropshire but was not installed until 1914 when a Mr J Shiels,, installed it. Mr Shiels maintained the clock for 14 years; some records of its regular maintenance still exist. The clock still functions but its bells have been turned off. The Old Post Office was built by Snell Brothers of Hamilton and consisted of two floors and a tower with a rough cast cement plaster exterior with decorative timbering. In 1971 the Post Office was forced, because of the growth of its services and functions, to move into a larger purpose designed building in Hinemoa Street. Council purchased the building in 1990. After a public consultation programme, which attracted many submissions and comments, construction started in 1992 on a project to link the Old Post Office and the former Government Tourist Bureau (another Council acquisition from 1991) with a building complementary to both earlier structures. The Tourism Information Centre opened mid-1993 and has become an attraction in its own right.

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  • tafa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 13 N: 181] (1818)
  • [2009-04-01 0:35]

Excellent shot,wonderfull colours,stunning sharpnes and details.Well done.
saso Macedonia

Hey Ralph,
I like the composition and clarity, interesting angle. Just the lack of contrast is bugging me. Since there was no risk of overexposing the sky this time, I decided to do you a quick workshop with minimal changes to give it more 'depth'. See if you like it. This is a nice shot though, a well preserved old building. Helpful note.


HI Ralph, please don't take offence by my following comment, it is meant to try and help. I have noticed the last few photos of yours have been very washed out. Iwork in IT industry and I'm pretty sure your monitor is not set or calibrated correctly ? Check your brightness is Not set to 100%. All monitors come set to 100% from the factory, it always pays to reduce this to approx 50%-60%. Rule of thumb is to reduce brightness till the black is black on the screen, increase contrast till white is white, then every other colour shuold be close to accurate. Hope this helps. Nice photos anyway, just others have done workshops to increase the saturation and contrast/brightness led me to write this, cheers

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  • GLJ Gold Star Critiquer [C: 54 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-04-01 1:00]

Bonjour Ralph
L'architecture est belle et avec cette lumière elle est bien mise en valeur sur ce bleu ciel.
Bonne journée

Hi Ralph,
Nice memories from this place, indeed a significant building in the centre of Roturua quite well captured. Two comments though; the building suffers of perspective disortion (leaning) and in my opinion the colours are a bit dull. Made a WS to show the diference when this is corrected. Anyway I like this posting.

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  • ikas Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 1] (196)
  • [2009-04-01 19:03]

Dear Ralph,

This is nice building and well composed, sharpness is great but I think color balance is little on warmer side.

Thanks for sharing



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