A few years ago I played around with some time-lapse. Mainly small things like the clouds moving the sky and really only did one scene, or one place.
As I usually do with long exposures images I started by making the image of the Eureka Tower monochrome, then I wondered what it would be like with a touch of colour. The gold windows at the top of the tower make it such a distinctive building and every time you see them you know which building you are looking at.
As I said, it was a long exposure. Taken with the Formatt Hitech Firecrest 16 Nd Filter. It was a six minute exposure that I did last weekend.
Here is the monochrome version.
I don’t think there is necessarily anything wrong with this image, but it does tend to look like a lot of other images done the same way.
In the end I decided that while I didn’t mind the majority of the image being monochrome, I did want the top bit to show the gold and the little strip of red. I like the touch of colour and think it makes the image more interesting.
On another note, but along the same lines, I wanted to let you know that I am now a featured artist on the Formatt Hitech website. It has been such an honour to be featured and I feel in very good company when I see the work of others there. You can check out my page here, Leanne Cole.
I do love their filters and I never have a problem promoting them. I keep hearing from others how much they love them too. I find I am using them more and more as well, and now I’m starting to get asked to teach people as well, that’s nice.
Long exposure photography seems to be becoming something I am doing a lot. I know it is important for my art work and you will be seeing a lot more of it in the future.
The other night I was given an opportunity to go up to the Eureka Skydeck 88 and take photos from the 88th floor. It isn’t an easy place to do that. You are behind two sheets of glass and it is hard to stop reflections. I managed to do it, but you will have to wait until next year when I write an article on how.
It is lovely seeing Melbourne from this angle. Looking down on top of it. Though I wasn’t so sure when I started processing the images. There is a lot there and it was hard making sense of it. I played with this for a day, trying this and that. Still not sure about it, but it is time to move on. It did make me want to capture some different shots, so in terms of informing my work and giving me inspiration it has certainly done that.
We almost missed this. We were convinced that there wasn’t going to be any sort of sunset that we went elsewhere on the deck. Then when we moved we could see this. It was a great contrast, the colours of the sunset with the city lighting up. I was very pleased that we got up and moved around. I like the way the sunset is almost reflected in the city.
It is a great place to go and take photos, but also a great place to just sit and look. I like going up there and I am thinking of going again. Just be prepared, it does get busy, especially around sunset and if you want a good spot to watch it, then I suggest you get there early. You do have to take your photos through the glass, so pick clean areas and get your camera as close to the glass as you can. There is an outside area, but it can get very windy, and they have a wire mesh which makes it very hard to photograph through unless you have a small lens. I wish they had something like the barrier they had at the Empire State Building where you could still fit your camera through it.
One of the wonderful things about Melbourne is how flat it is, and you can really see for miles, so the Skydeck is a great way to see the city and surrounding areas. You really are overlooking the CBD as well. If you are in Melbourne I would recommend going up there. If you want more information here is the link.