Sunrise over the city

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Luckypenguin, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. On the weekend I drove up to the summit of Mt Coot-tha to watch the sunrise over Brisbane. Mt Coot-tha is not particularly high but it does afford a nice view over the city - almost directly to the east. The weather was good with only some low clouds which tend to improve your average sunrise. All images were taken with a GH1 + 14-140 and an E-P1 + Canon nFD 35mm f2. As you'll see below the old Canon struggled a bit with flare when pointed directly into the sun.

    The first few shots are your stock sunrise images.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5997648720/" title="PGH1-P1030143-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5997648720_47dfde9058_z. "427" height="640" alt="PGH1-P1030143-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane"></a>
    #1 GH1 + 14-140mm f4-5.8 OIS

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/6001321729/" title="OEP1-P7313103-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 6001321729_2eb44d00e3_z. "640" height="480" alt="OEP1-P7313103-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane"></a>
    #2 E-P1 + Canon nFD 35mm f2

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/6001322379/" title="OEP1-P7313107-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 6001322379_9bb72176b4_z. "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7313107-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane"></a>
    #3 E-P1 + Canon nFD 35mm f2

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5997649022/" title="PGH1-P1030168-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5997649022_e5987c53cc_z. "640" height="360" alt="PGH1-P1030168-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane"></a>
    #4 GH1 + 14-140mm f4-5.8 OIS

    To add a bit of interest it always helps to find some foreground subjects.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5992701873/" title="PGH1-P1030171-P2R Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5992701873_eb5f550e8e_z. "640" height="360" alt="PGH1-P1030171-P2R Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane"></a>
    #5 GH1 + 14-140mm f4-5.8 OIS

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/6001322001/" title="OEP1-P7313112-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 6001322001_05b410058c_z. "640" height="427" alt="OEP1-P7313112-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Brisbane"></a>
    #6 E-P1 + Canon nFD 35mm f2

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5997098167/" title="PGH1-P1030180-P5R Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">"640" height="427" alt="PGH1-P1030180-P5R Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane"></a>
    #7 GH1 + 14-140mm f4-5.8 OIS

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5997097799/" title="PGH1-P1030191-P2R Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">"640" height="427" alt="PGH1-P1030191-P2R Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane"></a>
    #8 GH1 + 14-140mm f4-5.8 OIS

    Tried a few in black and white as well.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5992701681/" title="PGH1-P1030196-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">"640" height="360" alt="PGH1-P1030196-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane"></a>
    #9 GH1 + 14-140mm f4-5.8 OIS

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5997648484/" title="PGH1-P1030192-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5997648484_7e3115ccc9_z. "427" height="640" alt="PGH1-P1030192-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane"></a>
    #10 GH1 + 14-140mm f4-5.8 OIS

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5992701513/" title="PGH1-P1030199-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5992701513_ef198a48f3_z. "640" height="427" alt="PGH1-P1030199-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Brisbane"></a>
    #11 GH1 + 14-140mm f4-5.8 OIS

    Thanks for looking.
     
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  2. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hi Nic,

    Were I forced to choose just one.... I'd recuse myself.

    This is both an interesting set, and an impromptu lens test of sorts.

    I really like #6 - 7 - 8 with 7 being my favorite of the three.

    Then I have to say, I'm surprised at how much I like the monochrome images. you'd think a sunrise / sunset / golden hour / blue hour image would be completely dominated by by color. Shocking to me that my own taste says otherwise.

    Number 10 is a wonderful image!

    Really nice set Nic, I'm glad you got out to shoot.

    Alan
     
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  3. JohnMetsn

    JohnMetsn Mu-43 Veteran

    No4 is my favorite, but it's all and all a very inspiring set. Great job Nic :smile:
     
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  4. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    The last one looks like a cannon ready to shoot:biggrin: I do like all of them, but to me I enjoy the shots with people in them. It adds emotion for me:biggrin:

    Thanks brother man:2thumbs:
     
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Great set Nic. I particularly like numbers 7, 8, 10, and 11 and I'm not sure I can tell you why. Although I can tell you that I love the little touch of focus the tiny balloons give #7.

    -Ray
     
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  6. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Like Alan, I think being recused is the best way out here. If forced, number 7 is very compelling. The outlines of people enjoying the view are there, but not distracting. The skyline is clear, the amazing colour - and those balloons. Wow.
     
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  7. frigidlight

    frigidlight New to Mu-43

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    Jul 26, 2011
    SE MA
    #3 and #7 are my favorites. I love the small city buildings that I only noticed after a bit. The small detail is a nice contrast to the large burst of the sun. #7 is similiar but with the balloons.

    In most of the pictures, however, I do feel that they might benefit from a little less blowout from the sun?
     
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  8. Thanks for all the comments and critiques. As you can see, when the sun cleared the clouds it was very bright. The articulated screen on the GH1 worked a treat here, allowing me to face to the side away from the (blinding) sun and see the LCD whilst still keeping the camera pointed in the right direction.
     
  9. wildcat

    wildcat Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 7, 2011
    #10 and #11 FTW.

    Nice set.
     
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