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Darling Harbour Sunset/Twilight/Fireworks…

by on Apr.29, 2012, under Life, Photography

My local Camera Club had a meet over the weekend at Darling Harbour for dinner and some long exposure night photography (including a fireworks show). So about 20 keen photographers descended on Darling Harbour with cameras and tripods.

I arrived early so I could take some images of sunset and twilight before dinner and then we had a great evening of chatting and shooting which ended with fireworks and then ice cream 🙂

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

The low sun was hitting the top of this curved glass building so I framed a telephoto shot with curves and lines to also include the crescent moon in the corner and here we have…

Cupping the Light

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 70 mm, 1/200 sec at f/7.1, ISO 180

The sun set with fiery red clouds in the sky and I was setup on the city side of Darling Harbour looking across the just set sun with both a ten stop ND and 3 stop grad ND filters and a leisurely 6 minute exposure (and even that wasn’t enough) at f/5.6 (yes it was getting very dark 🙂 – in hindsight I should have upped the ISO a little)…

Red Shimmer

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 359 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

With it now being full twilight I removed the 10 stop ND and just used the grad for some nice blue twilight silky water reflections…

Including the moon in the top left corner (and it’s moving reflection bottom right) didn’t quite work (exposure was too long to have a distinct moon shape and it blew out)

Reflected Rows

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 60 sec at f/11, ISO 100

The Blue Overpass

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 53 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Later in the evening it was time to enjoy the fireworks (which are apparently on every second saturday night so I think I’ll take my girls down one evening for the show)

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 4.3 sec at f/9, ISO 100


NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 5.3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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