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(wet) nite vision – Sydney

These photos were taken weeks ago, when the first week of Vivid in Sydney was on. We went that weekend despite the wet weather forecast because Nikon AU had a couple of events that day. They ran several classes we could sign online for free, and they also allowed us to borrow equipments for free (or really little money) during the event.

I signed up for a Low Light class, which consisted of half hour talk and a chance to walk around the harbour to capture the beautiful lights from illuminated buildings that was Vivid, with a borrowed lens from Nikon. I missed out 24-70mm by a minute and had to ‘settle’ for the 12-24mm, 2.8 instead. They swiped my credit card to charge a dollar for it, and I was free to run around with the lens for an hour and a half. Sweet.

The whole thing was a great idea. Except for one thing. The rain. Yes, it was raining the whole night. And I tell you one thing. You can have a kick ass camera or lens all you want, it would all gone down hill when water relentlessly poured down on you and made visibility really poor. It was hard to keep the lens free from droplets, even with a nice big umbrella on top of you. Not only it was hard to keep dry, it was hard to locate where the droplet landed, because it was night time. Many times I thought I had the shot when I checked in my tiny view finder and saw a big fat ass circle (which was the stupid droplet) in my photo. Everything seemed wet that night, I couldn’t find anything dry to wipe the lens clear.

So, as the drama caused by a simple rain persisted, I decided NOT to take anything Vivid related, well, except for ONE okay-ish shot of the Opera House, that night. With a big crowd of visitors with or without cameras (and their space-hungry tripods), it was very challenging to get a good spot. Oh, did I mention the rain?

The good thing came out of the rain was it actually made other things more interesting. The glistening wet ground was reflecting colourful lights from the surface made quite a beautiful and dramatic effect. Colours turned darker and shinier. That night I learned not to focus on the not-so-ideal elements so much, and turned my attention on something I did not normally see on drier conditions. Hope you enjoy the photos.


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  • Kevin & Joan Vivian03/07/2013 - 2:13 pm

    Your photos are just stunning!

    Cheers, Joan (Neroli’s Mum)ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]03/07/2013 - 3:37 pm

      Oh wow! Thanks Joan. Really appreciate you stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • snappystreet03/07/2013 - 2:39 pm

    Great! I sadly missed it this year, can’t wait for next years already!ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]03/07/2013 - 3:39 pm

      Maybe worth coming to Canberra for our annual Enlighten event next year (usually in March). Similar things, different buildings, and less people.. 😉ReplyCancel

      • snappystreet03/07/2013 - 3:44 pm

        I’ve never heard of this! Perhaps that is a MUCH better option 🙂 Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

night vision – Canberra

These photos were taken about a month ago. It was a cold autumn night in Canberra, the temperature dropped to 5 degrees. Add a little of wind it actually felt even colder. I was ready in my layers of clothing (and gloves, and a beanie) I didn’t feel that uncomfortable.

Taking night photography is always interesting. Most of the time is all about keeping still, that’s why we use the help of tripod. Then it’s a matter of waiting. How long you open the shutter, how many shots you make in different type of setting etc.

Unfortunately that night, even though I brought my tripod along, I did not have that little base plate (that you screw on your camera and sits on the tripod) that usually attach to the tripod. For some strange reason, that little plate was sitting by its lonesome self at home. Go figure. If my head was not properly attach to my neck I’m sure I left it next to that plate as well. So anyway, I kicked my self for this amateur mistake, but hey, I just had to make do, didn’t I. I found a plastic crate in my car that I ended up using by placing my camera on top of it to make sure the camera didn’t move. All my shots that night were taken from a really low angle.

We did not go to many places that night. We covered areas around the lake Burley-Griffin. We stood under the two bridges looking at the direction of the new Parliament House (parked at Regatta point), Carillon, and lastly to the new Parliament House. I did not take many photos at the parliament house, I didn’t have the right lens for it. We were so close, and the building was so wide, and it just didn’t work.

These two photos were the most decent ones I took from that night.

dingdong towerunder the bridge


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Day 177 #Project365

177-365 nite bus.jpg

Felt like I kept bumping into walls today, figuratively speaking. It’s a mammoth effort to shake myself out of the frustration. Push further was the way to go. The idea to photograph the street in front of my house (again) came as I was just day dreaming and looking out of my window. I’ve always been fascinated by moving lights and long exposures, so I thought I’d capture my street in a different ‘light’.

I had to wait awhile to get the right composition and the right timing so I could capture the light movement out of a moving bus passing my street. The finishing product is exactly what I had planned in my mind. Finally something worked! Small joy.

[Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G|ISO200|f/7.1|3.0s]

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