Southbank – Santos GLNG City of Lights Laser Show

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Adventures, Techniques | 1 comment

Southbank – Santos GLNG City of Lights Laser Show

The Santos GLNG City of Lights Laser Show is currently on at Brisbane’s Southbank, so what better time to get out for the night and also get some great night photos…

 

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 22mm, 2 Sec, F4, ISO 100

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 22mm, 2 Sec, F4, ISO 100

This was a great opportunity to do some night time photography, so I took along my Slik Pro tripod for the long exposure shots I would be taking.  This light show is quite unique in that it is staged from a huge barge containing the structure for the waterfall, some of the lighting, the apparatus for the performers, and the water jets.  Laser lights were also set up on the rooftops of some of the buildings.  The light show is also run to a musical score.  To capture these shots, I set up the tripod and used the Live View function so I could zoom into the scene.  I then set the Focus Mode switch on my Canon 15-85 EFS USM F3.5-5.6 lens to Manual Focus, so I could manually fine tune the focus to the stage structure, as this was illuminated before the show started.  I selected Shutter Priority on the Mode Dial as I wanted to experiment with different exposure times and I left the ISO at 100 for maximum image quality.  The tripod was then adjusted to roughly where the lights and waterjets would be operating above the barge.  Once the show started, I quickly made some minor adjustments to the tilt and focal length as I could now see just where the water jets and lights were operating.  I then just made some focal length adjustments as the show progressed to accommodate the display.

Some beautiful colours and amazing patterns are created by the blending of the lights through the waterfall and jets, as seen here.

 

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 29mm, 2 Sec, F7.1, ISO 100

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 29mm, 2 Sec, F7.1, ISO 100

 

A curtain of water is falling between the upright metal structures, and the lights are being beamed onto the waterfall.  More lights are being beamed through the water jets on each end of the barge.

 

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 29mm, 1/2 Sec, F4.5, ISO 100

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 29mm, 1/2 Sec, F4.5, ISO 100

 

The colours and patterns kept changing and were amazing to watch.

 

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 22mm, 1/4 Sec, F4, ISO 100

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 22mm, 1/4 Sec, F4, ISO 100

 

The river wasn’t the only place putting on a light show, there is a spectacular overhead light display in the forecourt between the river and the QPAC building.  This display changes colour in tune with the music being played and was very popular with the crowd.  Live View and Manual Focus was used here as well to prefocus on the front hanging light tubes, and Shutter Priority was selected.  I left the metering to Evaluative Mode to take in the whole scene.

 

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 15mm, 2.5 Sec, F4.5, ISO 100

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 15mm, 2.5 Sec, F4.5, ISO 100

 

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 24mm, 4 Sec, F13, ISO 100

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 24mm, 4 Sec, F13, ISO 100

 

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 16mm, 4 Sec, F14, ISO 100

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 16mm, 4 Sec, F14, ISO 100

 

There is a lot to see and photograph at Southbank, especially at night, so I always look for opportunities while walking around.  I have taken some good shots of the ferris wheel before, but this time I wanted to try a different visual approach, so I decided to shoot the reflection in the glass panel windows of the ABC building instead.

 

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 32mm, 1/6 Sec, F4.5, ISO 100

Canon 7D, Canon 15-85 Lens @ 32mm, 1/6 Sec, F4.5, ISO 100

 

 

The Santos GLNG Light Show runs up to the 27 September, and is free to attend.  Sessions are run at 7.00, 8.00, 9.00 pm Friday & Saturdays, and 7.00, 8.30 pm on Sundays to Thursdays.

 

Happy Shooting!

The OzLight Photo Adventures Team.

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Hi Wayne,

    It’s definitely worth the trip in. The Light Show is a great subject for Night Photography and you can get some great shots. It’s good fun too! You still have time as it runs until 27 September. I’m planning to go in again.

    Cheers,
    Lawrence

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