Tag Archives: Night Photography

Gold Coast at Dusk (or how to turn tall buildings into interesting photos)

Brrrr, it’s cold down here in southern Australia this week. So I continue to at least think warm by posting some more images from Queensland.

In the two previous posts, I’ve shared some images from a recent short holiday visiting a friend on Queensland’s Gold Coast. See Gold Coast Dawn and Headin’ for the Hills

For this post I jump back to a prior visit from July last year.

I rather like cityscape/architectural images taken at the end of the day when the evening light lifts an image out of the ordinary. Here’s a few images taken in pursuit of that style featuring Surfers Paradise’s highrise apartment towers.


Surfers Paradise at Dusk, Gold Coast
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Room with a view

Here we are, last post from the trip to Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur city view

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This post contains a selection of photos taken from my hotel room looking out across Kuala Lumpur city centre. In my previous post, I pointed out the location of the hotel room where I was staying and asked readers to remember the location.

As a reminder, in the photo to the right (or possibly above if you are using a mobile device to view this), look for the two identical tall brown buildings in the middle distance. My hotel room was around three quarters the way up the right hand tower. Image taken from the 86th floor observation deck of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Now you know where I was, here’s some of what I could see.

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An Evening in the Rocks

Intro Note: Well, this must be my slowest post from initial creation to actually getting it finished for publishing. I started in early April and then life sort of got in the way. It’s now mid-June as I finish it off. The opening sentence below seems a bit dated now!
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After travelling to Sydney in early February with my new to me 10-17mm fisheye zoom (see Fun with a Fisheye), I was back in Sydney a few weeks later for four days of business related meetings and conferences. One evening I loaded up the camera gear and set off for a walk past Circular Quay, under the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and then back down the other of the Harbour Bridge expressway to my target destination for the evening, Observatory Hill.

The area I walked through is known as The Rocks and is a significant heritage area with most of the properties there dating from the mid to late 19th century. After a short walk from my hotel, I arrived at Circular Quay. This is a very well known spot on the edge of Sydney Harbour where all of the Sydney ferries arrive and depart from the central business district. The Sydney Opera House is on one side and the Overseas Passenger Terminal on the other.

February/March is peak season for cruise liners to be visiting Sydney and I’m up in Sydney for the same week at the beginning of March each year. Typically one of the Cunard ‘Queens’ calls into Sydney during that week. This year it was the Queen Victoria. Previously I’ve seen the Queen Mary II and the now retired Queen Elizabeth II. As yet, I don’t think I’ve yet laid eyes on the new Queen Elizabeth. What I like about the Queens is that they more or less preserve the classic lines of the trans-Atlantic liners. They might just be ships, but the lines are graceful and sweeping. The design language is cohesive and everything is in proportion. Whereas the look of some of the modern cruise ships just leaves me cold. Ugly and sometimes kitsch are two descriptors that spring to mind. So, I’ll start this post with a few Queen Victoria shots, but I promise this is not a ship only post and I will be moving onto other subjects.

Queen Victoria, Circular Quay, Sydney

Queen Victoria under a dull and somewhat threatening grey sky.  On this evening the rain held off.  By way of contrast, two years earlier I photographed the Queen Mary II on her March visit, also in the early evening.  Just after finishing those shots, it started to rain. And rain, and rain. It stopped the next day at noon after 4½ inches had fallen.


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Dutch Tall Ships (In the Twilight Zone)

Welcome back to the third post of my tall ships series. After the open day at Port Adelaide finished, I ducked across the other side of the Port River hoping to get some good late afternoon/twilight shots of the moored ships.

If you have just arrived at this post, you may wish to first explore my two earlier tall ship posts:

The Initial Encounter
Port Adelaide Open Day

I’ve probably said enough about the ships in those earlier posts, so I’ll just dive into the photos.  Presented broadly in chronological order, so you can follow the changing mood as the light started out as a golden sunset and then faded to blue.

Tall Ships Port Adelaide

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Stockholm at Night

I’ve been promising a few people that I would get around to posting some photos I took of Stockholm at night, or what passes for night a week before the summer solstice.  I’m jumping out of chronological sequence of my travels, so there will be a little bit of back tracking in later posts.

I rather like taking waterside twilight/night photos, and having discovered just before I left Australia that Stockholm is essentially at the top end of an archipelago of some 20,000 islands, I decided to pack my tripod just for the stop in Stockholm. The prolonged evenings at high latitudes was also something not previously experienced, and would be a novelty in itself.

By mid-June, proper late twilight only really gets going after 11pm.  This created a bit of a challenge in itself, as by that stage of the evening a mix of residual jet lag combined with general travel weariness was starting to take its toll.

Anyway, I was happy that the effort was made, and  I hope you will agree that the outcomes weren’t too shabby.

Stockholm in the evening light

Stockholm in the evening light

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