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Luna Park to Kirribilli Photo Walk Part II – Twilight…

by on Feb.26, 2013, under Life, Photography

Part two from Sunday evenings Milsons Point to Kirribilli Sydney Photo Walk organised by Ben Fewtrell of On3Legs and Rob Potter of Photography Hot Spots.

Once the sun had set it was time to get ready for some twilight shots of the city – I wanted to do a wide stitched panorama including the Sydney Opera House, the city and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I tried a few different compositions and focal lengths but settled on the most zoomed on my 16-25/4 (35mm) as my preferred look.

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 following two images ended up being my favourite panorama sets from the evening – both were taken around 8:30PM (just over half an hour after sunset) and both are the result of stitching 10 vertical frames (50% overlap) taken at 35mm and 30 seconds…

Of course these panoramas look much better bigger and even more awesome is the detail you get when zoomed 100% into the full 130 megapixel master images (you can see people walking around the harbour foreshore)

Blue Hour over Sydney Harbour

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 30 sec at f/11, ISO 200

Sydney Harbour Lights

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

When it had gotten quite dark and twilight was about at it’s end we were about to pack up and go have dinner before heading home (my daughter was getting pretty hungry by this stage :)). There were a few others still with me where I was shooting on this little rock causeway, and I asked if they wanted to do a little quick lightpainting… they were keen so…

Most of it didn’t work out (the city itself was too bright and I’d only brought EL wire and no leds or other light painting instruments). However here is a little EL wire painting by my daughter (her first time effort :))

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 60 sec at f/8, ISO 100

and I then borrowed an off camera flash from someone and we setup this little scene which actually worked out pretty well I thought

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 30 sec at f/8, ISO 200

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