Trippy Building Lights: Perth City Council Building

IMGP2271-Small What is it?

An extreme close-up of some kind of molecular structure?

A computer coloured infra-red image of some kind of virus?

A computer generated fractal?

Multi-coloured pet mesh to put on your door.

Nope. It is the 12 storey (I think) Perth City Council building in Perth, Western Australia.

As photography is, in theory anyway, my main hobby I did intend to post some pictures here from time to time. The only problem is that I am taking a lot less pictures these days than I used to—for one reason or another. But last night my son convinced me to take a run through the city and I decided to take my camera along. We came across the Perth City Council building and it was impressive enough for us to park and for me to take a few snaps.

This photograph was taken with my Pentax P7, handheld at 1/50th of a second with the camera’s amazing anti-shake engaged. The aperture was f4.0 and the ISO was 1600. No lens filters have been used. No in-camera effects have been applied.

The colouring has not been changed in any way. All I have done is apply 30 percent of digital image noise removal using Adobe PhotoShop Elements due to the high value ISO used and the resulting digital noise introduced. Then I cropped and resized the image for use in my posting. This is how it looked from where I was standing almost directly under one of the corners of the building looking up.

So that you can see that it really is a building, here are a couple of pictures taken from a little further back with more of the building in the frame.

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From what I can work out there is a set of very bright and very rich (saturated colour) coloured lights embedded into the window-sill area of each window. These light are obviously computer controlled and they ‘play’ a rolling light sequence that appears to start in the middle of the face of the building and then ‘bubble out’ towards the edges—like the lava of a volcano comes up in the middle and rolls out to the sides. The resulting effect is pretty ‘trippy’; to quote my son. The above two pictures were taken quickly one after the other and you can see next colour, the solid pink, just starting to bubble up in the middle from one picture to the next as the other colours roll off to, and then around, the sides of the building.

The most impressive part is the solidness (probably not a word but I couldn’t think of anything better) of the colour. Rather than looking like see-through light the colours are so solid that they almost look like paint oozing across the building, which then plays more games with your head because if it were paint it would just all drip down off the building.