Sydney has the perfect weather for night photography at the moment, goldilocks weather- not too hot, not too cold. We’ve had days in the temps of close to 30°C and then warm evenings. I went down to the yachts and boats first in Woolloomooloo at sunset and blue hour to take photos. It’s so awesome there because they turned the old warehouse on the water into a hotel plus there are all these hip cafes and restaurants. One of them had two motorcycles displaying through the 2nd level windows and that looked pretty cool once the night lights came on. Anyways I walked through the botanical gardens towards Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, because it has one of the best views of the city without a doubt and I’ve it was on my to do list to shoot this view. Can you believe I haven’t yet ? There are just so many cool things to photograph in Sydney that we are spoilt for choice. As I become more comfortable in this city I’ve been exploring her natural features and there are just so many amazing vantage points to view the Sydney CBD from. Like last night I visited the waters edge near Mosman and there was this cute little lighthouse there, but I will share more about that in my next gallery post or two.
Shooting this image:
If you want to get the glow and movement in the water in an image like this, you are going to need a tripod. You will also need to use a timer or a cable shutter release so that there is no camera shake. This will allow you to have a still camera and take long exposure times, for example the water in this image was an exposure time of 30 seconds. The HDR process calls for multiple images though and you can see all those exposure times in the image details info panel.
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