An Excursion into the Mist

 Beautiful photo of Southbank_Melbourne- at night in the mist Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon 24mm f1.4 L series lens @ 24mm. Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f1.8 ISO 640.

How lucky am I? On the way home from a recent class in the city I took a walk around the Southbank precinct. The still night and the encroaching mist provided fantastic photo opportunities and a very special 10 minutes to cap off a very busy day.

Without a tripod I made use of a fast 24mm f1.4 lens, at or around its maximum aperture, with ISO’s from 400 to 1000 to achieve acceptable shutter speeds for hand-held photography.

The first image from this series is all about light. The city lights themselves are the primary light sources, illuminating the low hanging clouds. The diagonal line from the footbridge that continues along the promenade adds a design element to the image and the impressionistic reflection a sense of balance with the actual city buildings above the waterline.

Reflection of footbridge and city skyline at night_Southbank_Melbourne Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series lens @ 24mm. Exposure Details: 1/13 second @ f 1.4 ISO 800.

The bridge and its reflection is the major design element in the above image. The complimentary warm and cool colors balance the left and right sides of the scene.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series lens @ 24mm. 1/10 second @ f1.6 ISO 800.

I love the brooding mood in this image of Princess Bridge, Melbourne. The view through the left hand side of the image makes use of the notion of a frame within a frame. These warm colors are nicely balanced with those on the right side of the frame.

I’II present more images from this photo walk in tomorrow’s post. And look out for an announcement over the next few days about upcoming Night Photography workshops in the city of Melbourne over coming weeks.

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