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I have been working on this latest "tour" for a while. Mostly using my new digital SLR, I have been trying to take some pics of the best scenes in Melbourne at night. Feedback most welcome :)

I have tried to present it as a "walking tour"...

Enjoy! :cheers2:


As you can see, the sun is setting at home. Time to catch the tram into the city and take some pics!


The Quarry Hotel, Brunswick is getting ready for a night of good times! Might grab a quick drink...


For those with more 'refined' tastes (and fatter bank books), Borsari's Restaurant on Lygon Street in Carlton has a table waiting...


The Graduate Centre at the University of Melbourne (1888) is looking very majestic...




The last of the grass-sitters leaves the front of the State Library of Victoria (1854-1913) as the temperature drops...


The Crown Casino and Entertainment Centre (1995-8 ) is slowly filling up with patrons...


Meanwhile the Melbourne Aquarium (2000) on the other side of the Yarra has finally closed for the day. The railway viaduct is lit with blue neon...


The Melbourne Exhibition Centre (1996) is illuminated over the Spencer Street Bridge.


Whoa! What was THAT?! Fire!




The City of Melbourne looking magnificent from across the Yarra. Time to head back into the CBD!




The obligatory picture of Flinders Street Station* (1901-11)...


The End of Elizabeth Street... nothing much here on a Saturday night but take-away shops...and a big clock!


Should I buy my girlfriend some nocturnal flowers?! (Swanston Street) * hehe


The Palace of Dreams.... the Forum Theatre (1928) has recently had the "jewels" put back in its dome! Sadly no shows on tonight....


The Leviathan Building (1912-13) on Bourke Street Mall... someone is working late upstairs tonight!


State Parliament sits quietly at the top of Bourke Street...


The Old Treasury Museum (now City Museum) at the top of Collins Street rivals the Parliament for splendour...


Time to head back home... past the Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Buildings...


THE END!

(*taken with old camera)
PS: I didn't really take all these in one night!
 

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Attention to detail through treating individual buildings is great. Thanks
 

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Awesome, how did you get them to come out so good? I tried to do some Brisbane pics last night, but most ended up too "shaky", I guess I need a tripod and some sort of remote trigger. I only have a little Olympus C370.

I'll make a Bris thread with the ones that came out OK.

I like the Ferris Wheel
 

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Call me simple but I love the flames that come shoot out alongside Crown. Its my first memory of Melbourne that really sticks out in my mind.
 

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Aussie Bhoy said:
Awesome, how did you get them to come out so good? I tried to do some Brisbane pics last night, but most ended up too "shaky", I guess I need a tripod and some sort of remote trigger. I only have a little Olympus C370.

I'll make a Bris thread with the ones that came out OK.

I like the Ferris Wheel
A tripod always helps, but you don't really need a remote trigger. Just use the camera's timer :)
 

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Aussie Bhoy said:
Awesome, how did you get them to come out so good? I tried to do some Brisbane pics last night, but most ended up too "shaky", I guess I need a tripod and some sort of remote trigger. I only have a little Olympus C370.
Glad you like my photos! :)

For night photography a tripod is a must, and I use a remote trigger. But as AUboy says, you could use a timer if your camera has one. I also always manually focus, autofocus seems to be less reliable.

Drunkill, love that second photo of yours, well done!
 

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Aussie Bhoy said:
I tried to do some Brisbane pics last night, but most ended up too "shaky", I guess I need a tripod and some sort of remote trigger.
I think the remote trigger might not be an option for your camera. It does have a self-timer though, so you should be able to use this to avoid shake from pressing the shutter button. I used to use self-timer all the time for night stuff - unless you're trying to shoot a lot of photos in a hurry it'll work fine.

A tripod is very very useful but you can get by without one in a pinch. If you can find a flat surface like a wall, car roof or even the ground, a $5 mini-bendy tripod thingy or a mini bean bag will allow you to get different angles without hand-holding.

If you can do your shooting just after sunset when there's a bit of colour left in the sky, you'll get better colours and the camera's night mode will have an easier time capturing detail correctly. Manual mode is better but isn't available on most pocket digicams like the C370.

Back before I started shooting all my night stuff manually, this pic was done with a mini-bendy tripod, self-timer and point'n'shoot night mode:

 

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Nice photos everyone!

I especially like that shot of yours from the Rialto, Mugley. I should get up there and try some night photos myself!

Regarding the comments about the tripod. I started off with out one and got a few good shots (see my first attempt here). But it is a pain in the arse trying to find good "surfaces" upon which to rest the camera (trees, poles, bins, banisters etc). There is no dignity resting the camera on the side of a rubbish bin just to get that "perfect shot"! Whilst it can be done without a tripod, it is just a whole lot easier if you have one.
 

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beautiful photos and they really go a long way to resting that 'night time skyline' poll in the other thread. Melbourne at night is HOT!
 
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