Fun Photographing the City at Night



Photograph of Ferris Wheel and Melbourne city skyline_illuminated at night_Birrarung Marr Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series lens. Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f1.4 ISO 1000.



Here’s the second series of images from a recent shoot at Southbank and surrounding precincts in the city of Melbourne. Made on a cool night, under a mist-laden sky, the atmosphere provided great opportunities for photography.


The above image was made looking across the Yarra River towards the ferris wheel at Birrarung Marr.  Compositionally it’s all about balance. The light from the ferris wheel is balanced with the light emitted from the buildings on the left hand side of the image. Similarly the buildings are balanced by their reflection in the near still waters of the river.




Princess Bridge and the Melbourne City Skyline photographed at  Night Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series lens. Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f1.4 ISO 1000.

I made the next image by turning around and shooting back towards the city skyline. Again balance is the key. The frame is divided into three areas. The reflection of the city buildings and Princess Bridge takes up the middle of the frame, while the sky and river fill the remaining thirds. The repetition of the bridge and its reflection is another design element evident within the image.





Water Fountain photogaphed at night by artificial light. Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series lens. Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f3.2 ISO 1000.

The final image features a drinking fountain on the promenade between Federation Square and the Yarra River. The warm artificial light adds a touch of gold to the fountain. Its round shape and defined texture provide strong design elements, while the horizontal line near the top of the frame adds a sense of tension to the image.


Please look out for my upcoming night photography workshops in the city of Melbourne to be announced tomorrow. They’re going to be great fun.


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