I went on a a day trip for work to our nation’s capital last week. The capital city of Australia is Canberra, which is within The Australian Capital Territory, which is then located within the state of New South Wales. It’s about 2 hours drive from Sydney. I flew down from Brisbane, which is also about 2 hours. I won’t tell you about Canberra because it’s described much more eloquently here.
What I want to share with you is my photographs of my favourite building at the Australian National University – The John Curtin School of Medical Research. It’s such a cool building, which you can learn more about here. The design represents the DNA helix.
Here is my photographic tribute to this fascinating building. I am putting these photos in Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab Clinic. The feature image at the top of this post is my favourite and I will probably use this in an upcoming Image Reboot. Below the gallery, you will find a full shot of the building, as well as some information about the shots themselves.
When I was getting ready to go to Canberra, I almost didn’t take my camera. At the last minute, I decided to take it, because let’s face it, I rarely go anywhere without it. However, I decided to choose only one lens to take with me. I almost exclusively shoot with prime lenses, which means they are at a fixe focal length (no zoom). I prefer these lenses as they are generally of better quality and have a much wider aperture available.
For this trip, I brought the 45mm (90mm equivalent) f/1.8 lens, my newest lens, and it is exquisite. I like the challenge of taking a single lens with me as you become limited in what you can shoot. Using this lens means I have to get back quite a distance from my subject to fit it all in the frame. This is challenging, as I said, but it also makes you more considerate of the composition of your shot. It is an excellent way to learn.
I wasn’t able to easily get a full shot of the building with this lens, so the trusty iPhone 6 was used to get this shot, just so I could show you the building in its entirety.