This is a fairly new thing for Melbourne, but every year in February we have White Night. The city centre is closed to traffic, all of it, even trams, for the whole night and the buildings are lit up with amazing light shows. There are installations everywhere as well. They go on all night and there are people everywhere. It is a popular event.
I haven’t been before, and will admit if I wasn’t going there for another reason I probably wouldn’t have gone this year either. I know it is amazing, but there are just too many people for me, and crowds like that can be crazy. It was a great experience and nice to see, but really hard for photography.
I went because Benro Australia was running an event and as an Ambassador for them I wanted to support them. It was good to go and show people what the tripods and bags were like. I do love both of mine and I use them constantly now. The other thing I was doing was trying out the Canon 5D Mark IV to see how it would be. You can’t really do long exposures of what they were showing, otherwise you would just get a big blur, but it was great to try out the ISO settings. I took some at ISO 25600 and then turned it to 12800. Quite amazing really. There was noise, but compared to what I used to get with a camera I had a few years ago, it wasn’t much. I ended up just using it on that after while and taking photos.
I still can’t believe I’ve been given this amazing opportunity by Canon Australia to try out the Canon camera and lens. My favourite lens has to be the 16-35mm. I think I’ve been using it the most. I will really miss it when it goes back later this week.
I have some photos for you. We didn’t move around much, as it was hard with the people that were with us. It is really difficult to keep a large group of people together when there are so many people around. It was interesting and I know if you google White Night you will see so many great images.