It doesn’t get any better than this….Sydney Opera House

Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post. Life has been so, so busy. My husband and I have had a sea change! We’ve moved out of Sydney down to the Illawarra and are living right by the sea!! It is quite simply, the best thing we’ve ever done ūüôā

On Tuesday I was up in Sydney conducting a night photography tour and took this black and white photo of the Opera House and city from Kirribilli on the northern side of the Harbour.

I stood and stared at this scene before I took the shot. The Opera House gets me every time – especially at night – it is just such an architectural masterpiece:)

For those of you who are photographers – this shot was taken on my new Canon 5d Mark IV and the 24-105mm L series lens. The settings were ISO 400, F18, 25 sec.

What do you think of the shot in black and white? I’d love to hear your comments below:)

Click on the photo for a larger version.

Until next time,

Chris ūüôā

 

VIVID Sydney….through my eyes

Vivid Light transforms our beautiful city¬†into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures and¬†super cool¬†light installations for everyone to enjoy – for free. It is the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery.’

Last week I took off to visit VIVID SYDNEY 2015 with my photography buddy Kris…

We had a great night out and particularly enjoyed the ‘back street’ installations this year..

If you are into photography, or just want to enjoy the colourful lights head to VIVID SYDNEY…This event runs until the 8th June…

Click on the first photo to view the pics as a slide show ūüôā

click walk learn photography tours – news from my desk

Phew!! What a SUPER busy few weeks I’ve had again!!

click walk learn has been picked up by a couple of travel tour agencies – so I’m busy SUPER busy designing new tours to inspire you and make YOU want to get out and about with YOUR camera.

I’m just back from my second series of click walk learn tours in Canberra….Both tours were booked out and we had a ball…it really is a wonderful city¬†for photography..

The weather stayed kind of warm ūüôā for the ‘night tour’ and beautiful for the ‘beginners tour’…thank you good weather God ūüôā

I met some awesome people who were so enthusiastic about photography and learning all about their camera. New tours for Canberra will be released soon… A ‘how to take great portraits¬†of kids tour’ an ‘advanced’ photography tour and another ‘beginners’ day tour.

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¬†Up and coming tours….

Spots are selling fast for the second VIVID SPECTACULAR photography tour РTues 3rd June 2014.

If you’d like to photograph this awesome light show in a SMALL¬†group with me….click¬†here¬†to book now!!

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Do you want to up your skills as a photographer? Join me at on¬†Sunday 1st June at¬†Sydney’s Taronga Zoo¬†for a day of intense learning. We will explore ‘animal portraiture’, ‘continuous focusing’ and the use of a ‘polarising’ filter. For bookings click¬†here.

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Wanna explore another part of Sydney? click walk learns tour of¬†St. Mary’s Cathedral, Hyde Park and Darling Harbour¬†will teach you SO MUCH MORE about photography and your camera. This tour is on the¬†Sat 7th June...for bookings click¬†here.

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On Sat 21st June click walk learn is going back to Cockatoo Island. This incredibly popular tour will have you shooting old style buildings and industrial architecture. For bookings click here.

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Finally, the last tour for this half of the year will be held in¬†The Rocks…this SUPER POPULAR TOUR will take you to places you never even knew existed…The date is set for¬†Sat 28th June,¬†for bookings click¬†here.

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Tours for the third quarter of 2014 will be released soon….

Thanks for all your support, its so much appreciated…

happy clicking

Chris xx

New – ‘Sydney by night’ photography tours with click.walk.learn….

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My new website www.clickwalklearn.com.au launched on the 31st December and the response has been overwhelming ‚Äď thanks so much for your support¬†:)

My first ‚ÄėSydney by night‚Äô photography tour is scheduled for next¬†Tuesday night 14th January.¬†

Is learning more about night photography one of your new years resolutions? Do you want to take some beautiful shots of our gorgeous city at night?

This 3 1/2 hour tour will have you shooting like a pro in no time!! We wander all around Circular Quay and the harbour foreshore taking stunning pics of our city as we go!! I‚Äôll be with you every step of the way, all the ‚Äėins and outs‚Äô of night photography¬†will be explained to you in an easy to understand manner.

You‚Äôll receive a detailed night photography ebook after booking and I research and know all about YOUR camera before the tour‚Ķthat way theres no time wasted looking for the right button or setting ‚Äď I‚Äôll look after all that for you:)

All you need is your camera, a tripod and a whole lot of adventure and passion…

For bookings please head over to clickwalklearn.com.au, and click on the ‘wanna book a tour’ tab ‚ÄstTour price¬†$99

Tripods can be hired for $10.

Happy clicking

Chris

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How to take great photographs of the moon….

This shot was taken on 21/7/13 in Sydney, Australia. ISO 100 Aperture F11, S/speed 1/125
This shot was taken on 21/7/13 in Sydney, Australia at 6.15pm.
ISO 100 Aperture F11, S/speed 1/125

The moon is such an easy object to photograph, but so many people find it really difficult and usually end up with a moon shot that looks like a ‚Äėwhite blob‚Äô:)

In this tutorial, I’m gonna show you just how simple it is.

1. The first thing you need is a sturdy tripod. This will ensure that your camera keeps still and the image is SUPER sharp.

2. A DSLR with a zoom lens {minimum 200mm} or a point and shoot camera with an optical zoom.

3. A remote shutter release, or, if you don’t have one, you can use the camera’s self timer.

4. Put your camera onto the tripod and turn the image stabiliser OFF {if your lens has one.} The stabiliser can actually cause your camera to move when it’s on the tripod.

5. Set your¬†ISO to 100.¬†If you have a point and shoot camera, make sure the ‚ÄėAuto ISO‚Äô is off.

6. Put your camera into M {manual mode.}

7. Switch the¬†focus mode¬†to¬†‚ÄėM‚Äô {manual ‚Äď it‚Äôs on the side of the lens.}

8. Set your metering mode to ‘spot’ – this means that your camera will ONLY take a reading off the moon and not the whole of the scene {including the¬†surrounding dark¬†sky.}

9. Now this is the bit that surprises most photographers; set the¬†aperture to F11 and the shutter speed to¬†1/125 sec.‚ĶThe moon is actually moving¬†MUCH¬†faster than you think ūüôā
Remember, this is just a starting point for the¬†aperture,¬†shutter speed and ISO –¬†adjustments can be made if necessary.

10. Focus on infinity, {by setting your lens to the centre of the infinity sign on the lens} if you are using your viewfinder.
If have the ‚Äėlive view‚Äô function on your camera, it’s even easier to focus. Switch¬†live view¬†on, move the focus box so it’s over the moon, zoom in¬†using the ‘magnifying tool’ on the rear of the camera and¬†manually focus your image using the focusing ring on your lens.

11. Attach your remote shutter release to your camera and you’re good to go! Take a shot and examine the results carefully on the LCD screen for sharpness. The slightest bit of movement will blur the image.

If the moon is too BRIGHT, choose a smaller aperture {eg F14 or F16.}¬†If the moon is too DARK,¬†choose a larger aperture {eg F8} OR increase the ISO {I usually don’t go any higher than ISO 800.}

A couple of points here – I don’t change my shutter speed at all….I leave it at 1/125 sec. I adjust either the aperture or ISO to add or subtract light.

I don’t open up my aperture any more than F8…so I don’t use F5.6 or F4 etc –¬†as I want a large depth of field to capture all the details of the moon.

Take lots of shots using different settings to get the result you want ūüôā

Photographing the moon is lots of fun, so take lots of shots, experiment with different settings and most importantly practise, practise, practise:)

My images were cropped to enlarge the size of the moon in the frame.

Happy clicking,

Chris ūüôā

 

If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them ūüôā

 

This shot was taken a few months back on a cloudy night. ISO 100 Aperture F13 s/speed 1/125
This shot was taken a few months back on a cloudy night.
ISO 100 Aperture F13 s/speed 1/125

Night Photography – tips and ideas for great shots

Night photography is fun. Great fun. ūüôā

I love to photograph all types of landscapes, including urban landscapes. The shot below was taken on Cockatoo Island in Sydney, Australia.

This scene immediately attracted me…

There are lots of different techniques you can try with night photography , but first some ‘musts‘.

1. You need a tripod – a good sturdy tripod. So many people buy an expensive camera and then purchase a flimsy tripod – it just doesn’t make any sense. A tripod can easily be knocked over when you’re in the dark. Expensive gear can be knocked over very easily. ūüė¶

2. A cable release -it can be wireless or attached to the camera with a cable. Either way they eliminate any movement when pressing the shutter (even whilst using a tripod)

If you don’t have a cable release familiarise yourself with the ‘self timer’ on your camera.¬†This device gives either a 2 or 10 second delay between pressing the shutter release and the shutter firing.

3. I always have a torch when shooting at night. Great for finding gear in your bag and checking settings on the camera. Most DSLR’S have a light on the LCD screen on the top. Familiarise yourself with how this works.

4. Turn off the image stabiliser (if your lens has one). This device can also cause movement when it is switched on and is not needed when the camera is on a tripod.

For this photo, I chose not to use the ‘B’ (BULB) setting (which keeps the shutter open for any length of time you determine)

I wanted to see what I could create with a 30 second exposure, so I metered the scene at F8 as I wanted the smallest aperture I could to render most of the image sharp from front to back.

The image was still too dark, so I increased the ISO to 500 and took the shot.

I love this shot. 30 seconds bought out a dark blue in the sky and the green of the buildings. I really like the beginning of the star trails. See the small white marks above the roof of the building? If I had left the shutter open for a longer period (combined with the appropriate aperture) these white marks would have become longer lines that curve into a circle. Look at the star burst from the building light, and the bright green colour of the grass.

This shot was exhibited earlier this year in the ADD ON photography exhibition as part of the Head On Photo Festival. I was very proud to have my work exhibited alongside many other Australian photographers.

Are you into night photography? Do you have any questions about this post?

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments on Facebook , twitter  or pinterest.

Happy shooting ūüôā