Mar 1, 2010

Sydney at night with slow shutter release, a bit of image manipulation and more patience.

I had the best night out on Sunday.  I went to my night photography class in the Circular Quay area of Sydney.  It was the first time I'd ever used my DSLR for night shots and I was a little apprehensive as to how I'd cope.

It was a pretty humid day, with ominous storm clouds and equally pessimistic weather forecasts on the news.  It didn't help that I was dressed for a summer's day and got rained on after the theory session.  Frustrated, I went home to change and dry off.  I was in two minds about returning to the city but decided to take the risk.  So, clad in my all weather gear and waterproof walking shoes, I set out for a night on the town.

Obligatory pit stop at Maccas for tea.  Those quarter pounders are smaller than I remember.  Free wireless, french fries and tomato sauce, leftover pear cake - what's not to like.

God was smiling down at us because it was actually pouring down for most of the afternoon until around 6pm.  And suddenly - clear skies!  Even the birds were impressed.

We experimented with long shutter speeds - 40 seconds to 2 minutes.

Taken from the Opera Bar at sunset.  

Then there were the tricks with focus shifts during long exposures.  Almost looks like fireworks were set off the harbour last night.

For one exercise, our tutor took us to an observation deck to practice image overlaying - shooting and combining two images in RAW to create some pretty surreal images.  While we were working, a wedding reception was in full swing.  It was sensational.  The couple had hired a live band and they were singing all sorts of old school dancefloor favourites.  We were all bopping around on the deck as we did our thing.

I have to do this again.  I'm looking at more courses now - as little adventures for the next few months.

1 comment:

  1. Quarter pounders are the best! I love them :) I once had a double quarter pounder but it was too large!
    Your photography course looks/sounds wonderful. Glad you are learning new things and sharing your successes with your audience. Thank you :)


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