When wet weather and flooded roads curtailed my photography in Darwin, night photography is a great alternative.
Shooting at night always throws up one inescapable challenge: keeping the camera still. Not everyone wants to carry a heavy tripod on their travels, and there's not always a suitable platform for a mini tripod. Luckily, modern DSLR cameras can shoot at ISO settings only dreamed of in the past.
Add an image-stabilized lens, and hold the camera hard against the side of a power pole, and you open up a new world of hand-held night photography. The image I took of Shenannigans Pub was amazingly shot hand-held at ISO3200, f4 at 1/15th sec at 105mm.
Still, for the serious night photographer, there is nothing better than a good tripod. Unfortunately, the general rule is: the heavier the better. The image of the Darwin Convention Center was shot at ISO400, f11 to get a better depth of field, with a three-second exposure.
I always look for any aspects that will add to the impact of an image. In this case the lighting, and a near perfect reflection in the calm water of the usually turbulent wave pool, formed a very graphic violet oval.
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