Found a special place on the water to sit and watch Brisbane city come alive. Last month I was getting out of town and exploring the great dividing range with my car but at the moment I’ve been exploring the city and creating some compositions to reflect its beauty. Speaking of reflections though, there’s something special about cities located on water, I don’t know, it could just be that we get twice as much eye candy. I decided to put my camera into a fast speed so that I could show the movement of the river from the viewers left to right rather than doing a long exposure. When you stop and take notice, the Brisbane river moves a lot of water at a fairly quick speed too and it’s not some little creek you could throw a stick or rock to the other side. I’d say its a couple of hundred metres across at it’s widest, easy.

Just before I took this shot I was up on storey bridge which hangs high above the river and I was shooting down on to the city waiting for the sunset. It’s kind of intense up on the bridge at 5pm because behind you is 6 lanes of traffic all racing to get home from work, the bridge is bouncing and in front of you is a crazy big drop off down to the water, plus! you have bikes zipping past you from both sides. You have to be on your toes the whole time and it’s not for the faint hearted. Also because of the type of bridge it is all the traffic bounces the bridge, so no matter how sturdy your tripod is there’s no point shooting anything below 1/60th of a second. Unfortunately this day the sunset didn’t wow me so thats how I ended up down here on the waters edge exploring looking for places to photograph.

There was a large gathering for a birthday in the park and they were signing and dancing and on my right there was a bunch of 18-19 year old guys fishing with one of those throw nets and a torch which looked kind of fun. At this time of the night there are also lots of boats going past and the city cat, which is the big Brisbane ferries, zoomed passed every 10 minutes or so. I could have composed them into my shot but I wanted the focus to be on the buildings, the reflections and also the bench seat on the left, almost like a story inviting you in…

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