Circular Quay by night

Thought I’d head down to Circular Quay tonight with the express purpose of creating some HDR photo‘s around the foreshore. I’ve really only dabbled with High Dynamic Range shots before so I thought it might be a good learning opportunity. This set of 5 images were the spoils of an hours worth of shooting – only three of which were processed as HDR. My take home message from this evenings experiment?….you actually need a reasonable amount of light so that the sensor can capture the required range needed for all the exposures. Sounds obvious now really. Duhhh.

Canon 7D | Canon EF 24-105L | Tripod | 3 Bracketed exposures @ ev -1, 0, 1 | Post: Photomatix (for HDR) finished in Aperture 3

Above: HDR. The most successful shot of the nights experiment I think. This is the boardwalk that leads to the Opera House (Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge are all to the left of camera.

Above: HDR image. It took me a while to find how to get up onto the Cahill Expressway. I ended having to meander all the way up into the Rocks and eventually found the staircase that led onto the flyover. This shot was taken as I walked back down towards Circular Quay.

Above: Non HDR image. Lookout from the Cahill Expressway above Circular Quay terminal. Harbour is to the left of this image.

Above: Non HDR image. CBD Buildings overlooking Circular Quay + lens flare from light post.

Above: HDR image. I wasn’t going to add this one but then remembered some people are not familiar with the geography of Sydney Harbour. This is Circular Quay from the Cahill Express flyover – all the other photo’s from up here were taken looking the other way : )



3 Comments Add yours

  1. xandreverkes says:

    Stunning work Distan!!! The last is my favourite!!! One does not see the Opera House from this side too often!!! It’s different & a gorgeous view!!! 🙂 **


  2. drawandshoot says:

    Yes the opera house looks amazing in the distance. And the lighting is gorgeous. Your night shots have an excellent quality Distan. All beautiful.


  3. Mike says:

    It’s difficult to get a natural-looking HDR photograph – good stuff!


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