Brisbane Festival - City of Lights

After a very tasty Father's Day dinner at Ahmet's we swung past Southbank to see the first performance of the City of Lights laser light display.

The whole family enjoyed it and as a photographer I found it to be a new challenge (not like shooting fireworks at all).

View all photos taken: Sunday, 4th September 2011, This photo: 7:06pm

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  • [ Kane ] said:
    I think I'll try this during the week. Nice work mate. Short exposures I guess.
  • frednaut said:
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Yeah, quite short, medium ISO too. Also watch out for when the lasers swing down on the crowd, 'cause it flares badly when it hits the lens.
    [] Was pretty cool in person too :)
  • darvidanoar said:
    Nice one, Dave. I must check it out
  • MΛЯK said:
    Wow... That's fabulous David.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] The cool thing is, it's running twice nightly for the next three weeks, so if you don't get it right the first time, there's plenty of opportunity to try again :)
    [] Thanks Mark - a well choreographed show too.
  • >michael said:
    Looks great - well done.
  • kth_friend said:
    some nice work... well captured..
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • bradchiplin said:
    Nice composition with the plant in front mimicking the light show!
    This looks really cool. Great work (as always).
  • Adam Bolt Photography said:
    Dave your River Fire shots are some of the best I have ever seen. Simply amazing images mate. Cheers Adam
  • Judi Turner-Buzer said:
    Great shot mate! I was at Southbank on Friday night and they had a few practice runs, and yep, very tricky. Love the clarity of those lasers. You going again?
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Excellent, excellent image mate.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks!
    [] Something a bit different :)
    [] I hoped someone would pick up on the plant. :)
    You should definitely make an effort to pop in for a show sometime in the next three weeks Brad.
    [] Thanks Adam! Persistence and pre-visualisation pays off for these sorts of things.
    [] I'd heard there were practice runs on Friday night (well afterwards of course). I may trundle along again sometime in the next three weeks, it was worth going along to see and the kids loved the light tent thing on the forecourt too.
    [] Thanks Matt! Took a few frames to work out exactly what worked and what didn't.
  • jaydeenturk said:
    wow, that looks awesome.
    hope there weren't any planes around lol
  • _mokai_ said:
    Wow !!!!
  • rob.masefield said:
    Jeepers Dave - you set the bar pretty high with this one. I'm almost too afraid to take a look at what I got tonight now... :S
  • Leftquark said:
    What neat lights! I like how the lights draw the eye into the photo and the little plant on the bottom, while could be distracting, isn't, and helps spread the eye out. I think my favorite part of this is the reflection of the colors in the water! Any tips /notes on how this was different than fireworks? What worked well in this case?
  • Artlyshot said:
    Fantastic photo mate!!. The shape of the plant on the middle of the photo looks very nice with its shape similar to the lights on top of the building. Definitely my favorite!!
  • Stephen M Reid said:
    Excellent work David - agree with Brad about the foreground plant.
  • Beth Wode said:
    Wow David this is fabulous. I really love all the reflections in the water too :)
  • Linda Ripper said:
    Awesome, hoping for a less busier night when I go there...
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Can't say I was looking for planes, but I'm guessing the airport was kept well informed. ;-)
    [] Indeed it is! Well worth seeing in person.
    [] You look like you did alright out of it too.
    [] Higher ISO for more ambient as your exposures are a lot shorter than fireworks. Trying to capture specific light patterns before they change too much and turn into a blur, whereas fireworks you want some movement to create the interesting bursts, etc.
    [] Thanks! Couldn't resist the plant given I had a rough idea what some of the on-building lights and lasers were meant to look like.
    [] Thanks Stephen :) Are you going to make the trek into town sometime in the next three weeks ?
    [] It's definitely a great spot for water reflections most nights, but the light show adds even more colour :)
    [] 'twas good up on the forecourt. Heaps of people down near the water, but the higher vantage point got some nice water reflections and meant there was nobody directly in front of me either.
  • James Neeley said:
  • s.i.m.z said:
    wow! so amazing
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Very cool shot David... I love the clarity and perfect exposure of the lights... and I love that the shape of the leaves of that plant peeping in from the bottom are mimicking the shape of the lights!!
  • ndut'z said:
    spectacular shot!!
  • MikeSenior said:
    Awesome work mate. I got to see the Hong Kong ones last year. Hopefully get time in the next 3 weeks to go see it myself as well before they finish.
  • twenty90seven said:
    I love how you have the fern imitating the! and the green laser looks cool amongst the blue
  • netherspirit said:
  • smckittr said:
    Thats amazing!
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Simple Monkey said:
    nice and neat
  • Lockie Cooke said:
    That is one cool light show David... Nice effort !
  • David de Groot said:
    [] [] [] [] [] [] Thanks Guys!
    [] 'twas quite the find that plant :) I was a bit worried when setting up that the street-lights to my left and right (just out of frame) were going to stay on as they were causing flaring but luckily the lights are turned off during the show.
    [] Sure is Lockie. Thinking about heading back in tomorrow night... might take Kara along for some portraits if she's not too tired.
  • eloctre said:
    Very cool! I will defiantly have to try a few shots here while the laser show is on. The mirror ball looks pretty cool as well!
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  • andrew katic said:
    really nice dave.well that plant
  • missee_ said:
    Awesome! I had a go this week with the new lens. But will give it another go
  • Grauniad2 said:
    Yes, as everyone has said, very nice. The TS-E 17mm really helps here.
  • dieselpower83 said:
    Pure brilliance Dave, love it!
  • Marty Pouwelse said:
    Wow simply stunning!
  • Rich Helmer Photo said:
    Really Awesome!
  • CAUT said:
  • vag_dim said:
    excellent work ! very nice capture :)