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by on Jul.24, 2015, under Life, Photography

I was still whiling away the time waiting for it to get dark enough to shoot some compositions inside the Webb bridge here in Melbourne. Playing with long exposures facing down the Yarra river past this modern glass structure of the ANZ corporate headquarters on North Wharf.

The ANZ Centre is ANZ’s new global headquarters and is the largest, single-tenanted commercial building in Australia. It is a 14-storey, low-rise groundscraper.

The clouds and the interesting slashes of light through the clouds were still moving quite rapidly across the sky so I was opting to continue with the long exposures for now. I’d shifted back along the bridge a little for a better angle on the ANZ building and setup for the new composition.

A five (5) minute long exposure with the Lee 2 stop GND stacked with the Lee LittleStopper.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 297 sec at f/9, ISO 100

I loved the way the streaks of interesting light were smearing across the sky in the long exposure. Even the relatively “shorter” normal exposures were still quite nice though – see below.

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.

Here is the next shot taken a few minutes later with the LittleStopper removed.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 20 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Again the light was still fantastic. With the light levels dropping – a few minutes later again I’m adding the Format-Hitech 4 stop ND for another multi minute exposure. By now the lights have really come on in the office building and the balance between the lit buildings and the ambient is just about perfect.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 246 sec at f/11, ISO 100

It’s now 5:35PM (almost 25 minutes after sunset) and with my favourite shot of the night above in the can, it’s time to head into the Webb bridge to see what I can do there. The lights had come on inside the bridge structure about ten minutes ago so it was now all lit up and ready to go. It was at least now looking more interesting and somewhat promising….

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