my (amateur) photography adventure


Brisbane River

Brisbane River XXXX timelapse

1289 photos in 42 seconds – check out this short timelapse sequence shot last night (best viewed fullscreen – this is 1080p HD video):

Check out the red XXXX sign in the background.


Brisbane River by night

After shooting my ‘Wheel of Brisbane’ timelapse, I turned the camera around to shoot a brief, more subtle, timelapse of the city skyline, across the river.

5.58pm – Citycat visit

Each frame is a 2.5s exposure, taken 3.6s apart (just enough time to let the camera save them all without overloading the buffer).

6.04pm – someone’s VERY expensive boat passing through

The frames look promising and the initial timelapse is great – but I won’t publish it yet. I’m looking forward to building these river and wheel sequences into a longer timelapse – I just need to collect some more sequences :).


Night Eyes, part 2

Things just look different at night.

Brisbane River from South Bank, by night

Night Eyes part 1

Night Eyes


Night walk from South Bank across the Brisbane River.

Paniyiri Greek Festival in the city – Reddacliff Place

The Wheel of Brisbane

The Wheel of Brisbane is located in the Cultural Centre Forecourt, at South Bank, Brisbane.  It was a fun subject for some Friday night photography – popular too – I spotted at least 5 other keen photographers doing something similar to what I was doing.

Reflection, The Wheel of Brisbane
Brisbane Skyline – Treasury building at the left, The Wheel of Brisbane in foreground.
ISO 100, 36mm, f/29, 30s

My new tripod got a good workout, as you can see.  I am glad I decided to buy the taller and heavier one – so long as I’m dragging any tripod around, I don’t really mind how heavy it is, and it’s nice to be able to put my eye to the viewfinder properly on the tall ‘pod.

The Arbour, from Cultural Centre Forecourt, South Bank, Brisbane
ISO 100, 67mm, f/5.6, 4s

There was a guy standing beside me when I took this next one – he had his tripod, a 5D (I think) on the tripod, and a spare 60D for ‘snapshots’.  I’m not envious…. much….

The Wheel of Brisbane, looking towards South Bank.
ISO100, 18mm, f/22, 13s

I’d just like to acknowledge my inspiration for this next shot, which was a shot taken by Francois Lourette, another keen amateur photographer, who blogs as Almates.  I wouldn’t have thought to try such a shot, until I saw his.  You can see his ‘flags’ shot here: Long Exposure Ottawa.

Annie flags, Cultural Centre Forecourt, South Bank Brisbane. Victoria and Kurilpa Bridges in the background.
ISO100, 45mm, f/8, 15s.

I have previously posted about Kurilpa Bridge, here. So, obviously, my “What am I?” pictures from last night were detail shots of the Wheel of Brisbane.  The combined shots are below.

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I hope you enjoyed the pictures – I had fun taking them and was pretty happy with how they turned out.  I got some reasonable skyline / river shots as well – a post for another day!

If you’re interested in visiting or riding on the Wheel – its website is here:


McDonnell & East facade

Kurilpa Bridge is a pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the southern part of the Brisbane CBD to the ‘south bank’ of the Brisbane River near Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art.

It’s a controversial, but I think, striking structure.

Tank St skyline section
East along the river, State Library of Queensland
love the curve
North - one of the many construction cranes on the skyline

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