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Taking Off to Melbourne…

by on Jul.14, 2015, under Life, Photography

The family is taking off to Melbourne for the week during the mid year school holidays.

We just wanted to get away as a family before my daughter and I head off on our two month road trip around north west Australia.

We arrived on a very wintery afternoon – the skies were grey and overcast and the cold was bitter and bleak :).

Wintering in Melbourne

Wintering in Melbourne

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 62 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (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.

I must admit that the view from the two balconies of our three bedroom apartment played some small part in the decision process to stay here. The location also allowed easy access to a number of potential photographic locations along the riverfront here in the heart of Melbourne city :).

This is out first evening here. We had a glorious view from our digs in Southbank looking across the top of Hamer Hall and the iconic Princes Bridge into the heart of the Melbourne CBD.

The image up top was taken a little before sunset with the addition of a little ND filters to lengthen the exposure.

However it was after sunset when the action occurs and the city lights up when you can mix the fabulous city lights with some nice twilight colour in the sky.

5:30PM and twenty (20) minutes after sunset.

The Saucer

The Saucer

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 107 sec at f/13, ISO 50

Followed by a stitched panorama of five (5) vertical frames taken at 16mm. This view with the lights of the city buildings really taking off and the crazy luminous patterns in the clouds in the sky encompasses a 180 degree view with Quay West on the left and the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) over on the right.

Melbourne Lights

Melbourne Lights

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 41 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Finally going super wide with the fantastic Samyang 14mm prime when the light of twilight had dropped almost 45 minutes after sunset. I still wanted to capture a little of the hint of colour in the so I manually bracketed seven (7) exposures from 5.7 seconds out to 61 seconds and then blended them together in post for this final result.

Taking Off

Taking Off

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 5.7 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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