Saturday, 17 January 2015

Sydney's CBD Light Trail

When it comes to light trail photography, the best places are the city bridges and/or above footpaths. However, not many places in the city where you could actually put your tripod to get a really long exposure to get the light trail.

A few years back I've came across this bridge which I have link to on Google Map so you can have similar shots. Hopefully by then they don't put up any wired/meshed fence to block the view. With this particular spot you can actually put your tripod down and compose the shot. You need to get really close to the fence or let you wide angle lense next to the fence. Get creative with you tripod placement. I have done some creative tripod placement in the past and I know you could do similar things.

The best time is probably just after sunset, depends on where you live it could be 15-30 minutes after sunset. To get the trail your shutter speed must be as least 30 seconds. That's mean that your aperture must be low. For most of my night photography, my aperture is set at f.8 but if you want the stars burst effect you want to go f.16.

The benefits of shooting after sunset is the blue hour phenomenon. There's only a brief moment where the sky turns to blue and the ambience light from the city matches the sky. My favourites time to shoot the skyline.

There's also another secret spot which most photographers missed altogether. It is behind the Art Gallery of NSW and it's about 50 meters from this particular spot. You still can get great shots but without the CBD view.

Try it out and leave a comment below if you have tried the spot or the secret spots. I love to see your shots. Happy shooting!