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This is the second of my mini-series on Victoria, Australia.
Flinders Street Station
[the boring bits] It was a standard "tourist" viewpoint taken from across the street... but I could not have said to have visited Melbourne without having a photograph of this iconic landmark in my collection.
I was blessed with a deep blue sky for this shot or so I thought. Contrast was harsh; nothing I could do about it... To turn this from an ordinary, I used the deep shadows (high contrast) to my advantage. After several rounds of observations, I knew the situation above will present itself: the tram coming into frame from the left foreground and with the view of the pedestrians at the crossings. The guy on bike was the icing!
bits & pieces
For more than a century the grand Edwardian baroque building of Flinders Street Station has dominated Melbourne's southern boundary. The design was selected by an architectural competition held in 1902, and the red brick and golden cream stucco building was constructed between 1905 and 1910.
Trains had been arriving at Flinders Street since 1854. The present building is the most spectacular of a number that have stood on the site. Stretching along Flinders Street for more than a city block, and boasting grand archways and an expansive ballroom, it is public architecture on a majestic scale — a symbol of the importance of railways to the growth of the city and its suburbs.
Flinders Street Station has become far more than a place of transit. Meeting 'under the clocks' is a Melbourne institution, and the building arguably remains the city's principal landmark. Recently refurbished and repainted, Flinders Street Station is as resplendent today as ever.
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