Freelance Photographer

Night Photography

Collaroy Beach

Taken at Collaroy Beach last night after sunset.  The tungsten lighting presents an issue when editing these shots, as it puts an orange/magenta cast over the image, but it can also work quite well.  I think I prefer this lighting effect for dawn rather than dusk, as the light is a lot softer and it compliments the environment.  Gorgeous evening to be out shooting, nice warm breeze, loads of people out swimming, running and just enjoying what is left of the “summer” weather.  If the cloud cover wasn’t so heavy I would have stuck around to shoot some star trails.

Technical specs: 9 march 2011, 1940hr, iso100, f/13, 24mm, 15 secs, 5 images stitched, ps cs5, canon l series 24-70mm, lee soft grad filter 0.6, canon 1d mk iv

Turimetta Headland at Night

Another shot taken around 8pm at Turimetta Headland, under a full moon

EXIF Data: f/8, ISO400, 8:03pm-8:10pm, 420 seconds, 24mm

Turimetta Star Trails @ 9pm

I took this a while back, a friend helped me process it but the colours looked shocking.  It’s taken me a while, but I have edited it myself and it looks so much better 🙂

I shot this at 9pm one night, it was a full moon, but dark all the same

Technical Data: f/8, 420 seconds, 40mm, ISO400, 9:02pm completed the exposure

Full Moon at Koolewong

This shot was taken from a small pier at Koolewong, Central Coast, NSW at 8:52pm under a full moon. 

The EXIF data is: f/8, ISO400, 24mm, 60 secs, no filters, Canon 5D Mark II, remote cable.

Star Trails Trial #1 (location: hmmmm, needs work)

Ok so 1/10 for location, but I have got the workflow right, just need tweaking to get the sky the right tone: can’t wait for tomorrow night now!

Spoon Bay Star Trails

I took this two full moons ago down at Spoon Bay at night time, it was around 8pm.  My technique needs adjusting, but its heaps of fun learning a new technique, I think I may shoot shorter images (this was 8 mins) and stack them to get better clarity.  I still like this shot…

Forresters Beach – Sunset, Full Moon Rising, Star Trails

Twas a full moon tonight – how could I resist not doing a sunset/full moon rising/star trails shoot.  All packed and ready to go by 3:45pm.  I ventured up to the Central Coast for Forresters Beach and set up just in time for sunset.  It wasn’t the most amazing sunset, clouds were little to nil and it just washed with banded pastels, but overall, it was worth capturing.

 After the sun had set, waiting around at dusk gets pretty boring and the temperature drops, plus the tide was coming in pretty quickly (something to check next time I plan on being on a rock shelf at the ocean level), so I moved back to the rocks against the cliff face and sat watching the stars start to come out.  I looked up at the horizon and saw this orange ball of light, I thought, great a container ship is going to be in my composition later… not so great for star trail shots.  Was mucking around killing time and did some LED light shots…

That annoying orange light was actually the moon, filtering through the low lying clouds on the horizon, it was massive at first.  I’ve never had the chance to shoot directly at the moon, so I scurried around the get my tripod back onto the rock landing.  I think video would have given it justice, but I did capture it 🙂

… and then after a few trial compositions, I got my star trails shot at 7:30pm…

Time for bed, after travelling, shooting & editing all night … plan for a good sleep in tomorrow morning   x


Soldier’s Beach Night Shoots

I recently ventured out on a night shoot up at Soldier’s Beach to capture star trails and practice my long exposure skills.  The light from the moon was poor, given it was not a full moon and some intermittent cloud cover at times.  I was planning to shoot towards the lighthouse and accept the over-exposed section from the emitting light, but the composition wasn’t right, so I kept scoping out different spots throughout the night.

Shooting at night is daunting to say the least, every noise you hear kinda spooks you, but on the flip side, its calming and relaxing, just to hear the waves coming in and seeing fishermen on the rocks enjoying a beer or two.

I ended up getting 3 ok shots from the night, all shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, around 10 mins per exposure, 24mm, f/8, ISO400.