2017 Week 41: State Library Of Victoria (1)

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To my surprise, one of the places that was most interesting to me in my visit to Melbourne is a library. The State Library of Victoria (abbreviated SLV) boosts large, impressive styled architecture, large reading rooms, exhibitions, and some of the best Victorian-era paintings that can be found in Melbourne. Visitors and tourists are welcome, as long as you keep quiet of course.

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The SLV is conveniently located within the inner city, just a street away from a major shopping area, so that just makes books and reading more cool for tourists and the young. πŸ˜› It is easily accessible by tram and close to a major subway station, making it an extremely convenient destination to visit.

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One of the major attractions of SLV is the fantastic Cowen Gallery and its collection of paintings. I consider the collection of non-contemporary Australian paintings here to rival the collections in the national galleries of Melbourne (The NGV and NGVI). This suggests two things. One, although this collection is not large, it is still a good collection. Two, Melbourne’s collection of paintings that pre-date the movements of the modern era pales in comparison to what its rival sister city Sydney has to offer in her Art Gallery of NSW. When it comes to art, I’ll vouch for Sydney over Melbourne.

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Apart from the Cowen Gallery, we also get some impressive architecture to marvel at. First we have the Redmond Barry Reading Room. Although it could probably be called a “hall” instead of a “room”, to give an indication of its immense size.

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As I mentioned earlier, tourists are welcome and tolerated as long as you are quiet. That means making light steps and making sure my DSLR’s shooting mode is set to “Quiet” to reduce the noise of mirror slap. In the next blog entry, we’ll take a look at the star attraction of the SLV – the La Trobe Reading Room and its impressive Dome.

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Technical titbits: All images were taken with the incredibly light and great-performing Nikon Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G. This has basically become my most used lens over the years. However in these shooting conditions, the lack of image stabilization bothers me somewhat, and makes me long for its bigger and more costly sibling, the Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VR. Unfortunately that weights about 680g, effectively making it impractical as a walk-around or travel lens for my preferences. Fortunately the D610 still allows me to pull in good performance at high ISO, although I’m definitely aware of the amount of post-processing work I had to do to keep noise levels in check to qualify for Alamy QC. I am aware there are fine details lost from noise reduction. I could just dream of the results I could get if I can shoot at base ISO with a lower shutter speed. I’m definitely looking forward to when an image-stabilised version of this lens makes its debut.

-WY

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