Night Photography Shots at Mount Coot-tha, Queensland (Nikon D80 with 18-55mm lens and 70-300mm lens)

Here are a number of night photography shots taken with Nikon D80, using various manual and semi-manual settings. The photos were shot atop Mount Coot-tha in Queensland, Australia.

Lenses used were the 18-55mm lens and the 70-300mm lens. A tripod was also used for all the shots.

I know I know, most of the shots are horrible. But hey, I’ve got a good excuse. I’m just starting out! 😉

Also, apologies if I’m using the wrong photography terms. Still getting the hang of all the jargons.

1. Shutter priority, 30 seconds. ISO 800.

2. Shutter speed slowed down to 5 minutes. ISO 800. Aperture f11. For the slight streaking effect, I’m not too sure that’s because of the earth’s rotation or because of camera movements. Can anybody comment?

3. Shutter priority, 30 seconds. ISO 800. Notice at the left part of the horizon, there’s a streak effect. That’s actually an aircraft on final at Brisbane Airport.

4. Here’s another. Unfortunately, the camera moved this time.

5. And another aircraft flying away from Brisbane.

6. The view of Brisbane City at night from Mount Coot-tha.

7. A closer view.

8. Yet another.

9. This is my favourite. Shot in the shutter priority mode. 15 seconds. Love the streaking effect.

10. Same settings as above.

Alright, that’s all for now. If you’ve got any tips at all, do share yeah?


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  1. wow.. nice shots.

  2. Thanks 🙂

  3. Do you normally do touch up for your shots? The shots are nice..but somehow I feel lack of some effect. Perhaps I have seen too much of my brother’s.

    Oh ya…you have just picked up a fairly expensive hobby! 🙂

  4. Hello Jean 😀

    Nope, no touch up for the shots. All these pictures were left as it is. Exactly as it came out from my Nikon D80. The only alteration I made was to compress the pictures, so that it is easy for me to post them up on my blog.

    Of course your brother’s are much better. He’s an experienced photographer! Haha. I had a look at his website once. By the way, what was the address again?

    Indeed, an expensive hobby. Haha. I like photography for as long as I can remember. Only, this is the time I’m starting to get serious 😛

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