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City Hall

City Hall
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Copyright: Firdaus Muhammad (Fid) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 16] (202)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-30
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ8
Exposure: f/8, 8 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): City of Blinding Lights [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-03 20:31
Viewed: 1764
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TL Members!! Here is a pic of City Hall! Located in City Hall itself, and right infront of the building is a field known as the Padang. I was actually there to take pics of the F1 light up but was struck by the beauty of City Hall as it is not always the lights are lite.

Here is a brief history about City Hall:

Originally, where City Hall now stands, there stood two private homes. They were built in 1828 and 1830 and belonged to Dr William Montgomerie of the East India Company and Thomas Church, the Resident Councillor. The Municipal Council which oversaw municipal matters including transportation and infrastructure needs such as gas and lighting was formed in 1851. They had their offices in Town Hall (1856 - 1897) and Finlayson Green (1893) but as the city's administrative needs grew, so did the need for a building to house its civil services. In 1926, the two homes were demolished to make way for the Municipal Building. This was designed by Municipal architects, A. Gordon and F. D. Meadows and completed in 1929.

With Singapore proclaimed a city by the Royal Charter granted by King George VI in 1951, the Municipal Building was renamed City Hall. It served the City Council until 1963, after which it was the location of several public administrative departments including the Public Utilities Board, the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the former Ministry of Culture and the Judiciary.

Distinguished events that marked Singapore's history were often held here. These included the surrender of the Japanese accepted by Lord Louise Mountbatten; the swearing in of the first Mayor in Singapore; the installation of the first honorary citizen of Singapore, Sir Franklin Gimson in March 1952; the declaration of Singapore's self-government in 1959 and independence in 1963; and the swearing in of Singapore's Prime Ministers.

In 1987, the building underwent renovations and was annexed by the Supreme Court to provide space for more courtrooms and for the Academy of Law.

Sorry if it is alittle lengthy. Anyway the pic was taken w/o a tripod, instead I used a railing located in the bottom left of the pic. I croped the pic alittle, adjusted the levels to make the pic alittle darker. If you look closely there is a flare as I did not have a Lens Hood. Was actually wondering if I could do something about it in PS.

The pic ws exposed for 8 secs with a aperture of 8.0.

Hope you like it. Workshops ar very much welcome.

Thank You!

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Hello! You captured a great shot.
This is fantastic.
It seems like gold if everywhere.

  • Great 
  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-04-03 21:40]

Great picture with bold gold colors.


Beautiful golden colors. Looks like the whole building had light from its own and not from electric light bulbs. Different POV. Very interesting note. TFS


great long exposure. the lights add a great depth of mood.
you did well .

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  • Arox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 11 N: 48] (847)
  • [2008-04-04 11:38]

Great shot, nice yellow colour. A little bit too bright but is OK.


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2008-04-10 20:32]

Hi Firdaus,
This is a very nice composition but I think the image is bit over exposed. The lighted areas are too bright and that is when you OE the image.

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