Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne at Night
It is becoming very popular with my Practical Photography Class to spend the last week’s class in the city doing some night photography. It is by far the best class, and so many students really look forward to it and enjoy the evening so much, and this last class was no different. I am getting so much better at planning where to go, making sure they get some great images.
This last class, I wasn’t sure how it would be. We decided to go on Sunday, less people, but all day Sunday it rained. Even as I was getting on the train to the city and getting off, it rained. As we went for a coffee to start with, it was raining. Not heavy rain, but enough to be annoying.
Our first stop was in front of the Casino. I had planned that we would be there for the 6pm gas show that the casino does every night. Though I suspect some nights it is better than others. I don’t know if it was because it was Sunday or because it had been raining, but it wasn’t great. The above shot was just before.
The rain stopped for the rest of the evening and it turned out to be a fantastic night for night photography. The clouds hung around and gave some wonderful skies, I liked the way the light from the city bounced off them.
Then the gas fires started and it went off. One, there in the middle, wasn’t working, and didn’t give it great symmetry. It was very disappointing really, though it was good to know that we were in a good spot for capturing them.
We thought of taking more reflections, but there were still so many people around it was hard to get the footpaths with the reflections on them. Melbourne has become such a busy city, it always seems like there are so many people around.
There were a couple of Black Swans in the water on the river. They were so hard to photograph in the dark. I had to turn my ISO all the way up to get any shots of them. They move around constantly. I have seen them there before, there are also two that have been hanging out in a park near here too.
I think I mentioned yesterday that I had a One on One Photography Session with someone yesterday, and part of what she wanted to learn to do was take some night photos so after doing some other things around the city we headed down to the river. It was wonderful being back there, though the biggest difference between last night and last sunday, were the buildings, there were so many more lights on them last night. They really lit up the skies.
I am going to include a gallery for you now. I will put as the title, Sunday, for the ones taken last week, and Friday for the ones taken last night. I hope you get to see some night skies with your camera this weekend. Happy Snapping.