Posts Tagged ‘newcastle at night’

Time is of the essence —- there’s no time to stop, just point and shoot, to catch the fleeting colours of mixed lighting at dawn —- All shots taken with my Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5. The motion blurs give the pictures a sense of fleeting life that I find hard to achieve any other way. Detail becomes relatively unimportant in this scenario as the motions of bike and subject merge —- one needs time for the sky to lighten, yet time is the spoiler — as the sun rises into brightness the magic of blur solidifies and the motion effects are lost to the hard light and fast shutters of daytime.

passage - there is 24 hour low light here

my shadow

a lonely glebe road

king street tanker

honeysuckle drive



Ironically for photographers, the low-tech and low-spec cameras can often do this much better … slow lenses, no flash, no image stabilising —- and I like to push the bloggie to its limits in low light to see what happens.




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I had been thinking for a while to do a night ride and photo essay to Newcastle Harbour foreshore and back via Fernleigh Track. So, last Sunday night I put some water and basic tools in the Gazelle basket and set off.

I took my Sony bloggie pocket camera planning to take some low-light shots on the move – my favourite kind !  The track is not lit at all, except at road crossings and the tunnel, and that limited the images to mostly these areas and Newcastle itself. I had to rely on the hub dynamo and B&M Lumotec headlight to see anything – they work well for riding, though not casting enough light for photo images. I passed only 4 or 5 other riders, having set off at around 8pm and arriving back home at 11.15 pm, for a return trip of vaguely 50 km. Fruit bats, frogs and feral rabbits were the main animal life I saw or heard on the track.

I have edited the journey down to 16 impressions :



at dusk

parallel road

tunnel floor

toward darkness

adamstown heights

at wickham

carrington bridge

bulk loader

capacitor discharge

neon birds

gazelle abstract

park light

light trails

broadmeadow rail

look back

factory lights

Good night …

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