Photographing Structure and Movement

A night photo of an illuminated dance party structure, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 35mm. Exposure: 1/13 second @ f8 ISO 1600.

Structure and Movement

I made this photo a few years ago during a night photography workshop I was running in Melbourne, Australia. The image consists of two quite different elements which I’II define as structure and movement.

The structure was the outside of a temporary space created for a dance party. We just happened to walk past it during the event. I liked the music not, but the illuminated structure was really quite lovely. It seemed to me that the structure looked a little like a stack of neon-lit hay bales.

A Sense of the Surreal

The surreal nature of the scene was amplified by the crazed movement of a performer twirling several neon-lit hula hoops around her body as she moved through the frame. The purple, magenta and cyan colors of the light add to the mostly green illuminated structure and the splashes of red that surrounded it.

Night photography is a lot of fun and almost always provides surprises that can really add to the experience. My next Night Photography in the City of Melbourne workshop will be held on Tuesday 25 February 2014. You can find all the details on my Events Page. Simply click on the photo to be taken to a page with all the details.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru