View from Sky Tower Auckland


During my travels to New Zealand I was fortunate to take a trip up the Sky Tower in Auckland, the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest structure. I had the opportunity to jump off it but my nerves got the better of me, I did however walk around the outside of it, which was totally amazing and worth the nerves, I do wish however that I jumped off … maybe next time.

This photograph wasn’t taken from the outside but was taken from the viewing level, I need to make adjustments as the image was very blue and grey due to the windows around it.

Camera settings:

Aperture – f/9.0

Shutter speed – 1/250

ISO – 400

I don’t usually like to make adjustments, but on this shot I decided to put it through Adobe Camera Raw to make some, in order to pull out the colours which included adding in a slight vignette and adjustments made to the saturation to boost the colour rather than take it away.  I also gave it a little extra exposure (Original image shown below)




Photographing Floodlit Buildings at Night

One thing I love about this time of year when winter ends and spring begins is the clear albeit cold evenings.

Many people advise you to try and take photograph of this sort at dusk with a little light at the back, however, I prefer the different mood it brings with the dark sky at the back, whatever your preference try both to see what effect it makes and make your own mind up.

On a short walk in Portsmouth I took my camera and it is amazing what you can achieve or even find in the most unlikely of places or even time.

I tried different settings in achieving this shot of Portsmouth Guildhall and with vey different results, when taking photographs of floodlit buildings I would suggest starting your settings at:

  • Exposure Mode – Aperture Priority
  • Aperture – f/2.2
  • Shutter Speed – 1/17
  • ISO – 400

As a tip take a few shots each with slightly different settings and you will be amazed as to how different each would be.