Weekend Wanderings: Melbourne as the sun sets
There is nothing like watching the sun gone down on a city and then all the lights coming on. Melbourne is no different in that respect. One of the best places to watch it happening is along the river.
For most of the year you can see the sunset from almost any spot along the Yarra River. We are lucky that the river, as it runs through the city, goes from east to west. Some spots are much better than others, and experience helps us locals work out the good spots. Docklands is one area you can’t miss and you will nearly always get a good photo there, well, when there is a good sunset to be photographed.
I’ve been in the city a couple of times in the last week and watched the sun going down, then had a chance to take photos afterwards.
The first time we were around the city end of town. We took photos until we were too hungry and then went for dinner in Southbank at the fabulous Greek Street food restaurant, Ena. Afterwards, we left to go home and as we were crossing the river we noticed how still it was. It was too good an opportunity to pass up, so out came the cameras again.
The following night I was down at Docklands looking at another sunset, this time from the Webb bridge. Another great spot to catch it. Then after some dinner at a restaurant along South Wharf, we once again noticed how still and reflective the river was. We didn’t stay for as long, but we managed to get a few photos.
The wonderful reflections are not something you often see at night. I have photographed the city many times at night and it is the first time I’ve seen it, then to see it two nights in a row was fantastic. The weather was quite mild, which helped as well. It could have something to do with the time of year, I don’t know. We are certainly experiencing a lot summer, I am looking forward to wearing warmer gear.
I’ve been out taking photos so much this last week that I found I was quite exhausted by the end of it. I’ve been getting good responses for my lessons on long exposure photography and have been taking out a few people. It has been good, need to keep advertising them.
I hope you are having a good weekend.