|The ultimate zoom shot? |
One of Vivid's smaller light shows along the harbour foreshore zoomed slowly for about five seconds.
|First night this was one it was soooo crowded the authorities were forced to fence of the arena and let small groups in at a time. |
Good move for us photographers because it was then easier to get clearer shots of the floor mounted lighting.
|Architecture and big structures need photographing with a very wide-angle lens, better still, a fisheye lens. |
Ultra-wide angle lenses give a unique perspective on otherwise impossible-to-get subject matter. Canon EF14mm lens, f11, 30 secs, ISO 400.
|To get over that black night sky look, have a bit of fun combining a daytime exposure with a nighttime Vivid exposure...|
|HDR photo of the Opera house just before dusk. |
Note shadow of Harbour Bridge falling over the Opera House sails
|Zooming in on a Vivid illumination often adds a new visual dynamic to a composition.|
You need a steady tripod and a one, two or three second exposure (i.e. long enough for you to physically zoom the lens)
|Sydney's Customs House in all its Vivid glory|
|Cloudy skies add a layer of ambient light to any long exposure shot brings more life to the scene (this is 25secs). |
A long exposure also smoothes-out ripples and adds a mirror-like shimmer to normally choppy water...
|Slow zoom of the Harbour Bridge. Five seconds @ f5, ISO 200. |
Camera has to be on a stable tripod. Start moving the zoom ring - then trip the shutter to get this eye-catching special effect
|Fisheye lenses produce the least distortion when held on the level to the horizontal - tilt them up or down to bend that horizon line, in this case significantly to produce a wacky special effect (pic by Natalie Hitchens). 14mm Samyang fisheye lens.|
|More impressive zooming effects from Natalie Hitchens (1)|
|More impressive zooming effects from Natalie Hitchens (2)|