Address: 7 Riverside Quay
Event, Hdr, Panorama
Afternoon, Sunset, Night
Additional Camera Settings:
I captured my image using a tripod and the camera in full manual control, with a remote shutter release to allow me to use Bulb mode. The exact settings required will depend on your camera and personal taste, but as a guide, you want a small aperture in order to keep the lights crisp, fight the temptation to use big apertures as while you will get some very bright and intense looking images with only a short exposure time, they will only disappoint you when you get home! As a rule, use at least f/10 or higher, and adjust shutter speed to suit the available light.
The biggest challenge you will face in this location is going to be shooting through the glass, you will be fighting reflections of lights and other objects inside the building including your own camera; as well as any dirty marks on the outside of the glass, which as I discovered, are highlighted when the setting sun shines on them!
Firstly what didn't work: a Circular Polariser. This was planned to be my first line of defence, while it did very slightly lessen the reflections, it was not strong enough to rid me of them. Don't even bother!
What did work:
Despite the above, when I got home I found the dirt has still appeared in my shots. This is where you can test out your post processing skills! The Spot Healing and Cloning tools in Lightroom are your friends here. I spent 2hrs on this step, but I am a perfectionist and an insomniac!
- You will need to create a "hide" for your camera. I used a heavy black woollen coat that I happened to have with me. This shields the glass you are shooting through of any internal reflections. Make sure you cover the tripod and have it nice and snug around the lens. If I had planned in advance, some heavy black cloth and blue painter's tape (because it won't leave residue and ruin somebody else's photo or building!) would have been easier attracted less odd looks!
- Push your camera as close as you can to the glass so that the camera/lens themselves don't reflect.
- Wait until the sun has well and truly dropped below the horizon, you don't stand a chance against the dirty glass while the sun is lighting every single speck of dirt. I suggest grabbing a snack and perhaps a drink from the bar, and simply sitting back to enjoy the sunset at 290m above the earth. While this doesn't sound a like something a photographer would normally do, I promise it won't disappoint! Besides, at this height, the afterglow is visible for a long time after the sunset, you will have plenty of time to get your shot afterwards. My image was about 20mins sunset as I liked the balance of artificial and natural light at this particular time.
Adobe Lightroom 5
About this location...
Melbourne's Eureka Tower is located in South Bank, right near the Crown Casino and is one of Melbourne's most recognisable buildings. I must admit at this point, that I am Sydney-sider and so experienced this location as a tourist, so this probably added to my experience, but I truly believe this is one of the most spectacular views you will ever lay eyes on in urban Australia, and I have had the privilege through my job of visiting the rooftops of several of Sydney's tallest buildings.
At nearly 300m from the ground, the Skydeck on level 88 is open until 10pm most days and entry is $18 for adults. They welcome cameras and tripods, and I had no problems setting my tripod up for over an hour. If you plan to visit for sunrise, I would advise getting a spot 20 mins before, as small crowds gathered behind me as the sun began to set on my chosen vantage point.
Speaking of view points, the Skydeck gives you 360 degrees of Melbourne, so while my South-Westerly view was ideal for sunset, others may work better at other times of the day. As you will see in the camera section, you will need to take measures to shoot through the glass windows.
As a side-note, there is a licensed bar with some snacks available on Level 88, as well as a tourist shop and the "Edge Experience" which is an extra cost.
My rating of 8 of 10 is purely because of the difficulty level of capturing the images I set out for, on location alone, this is a 10 out of 10. A must do for anyone visiting or living in Melbourne!