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My Photo Of The Week – Melbourne City Skyline At Night

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This week we have a panorama of the Melbourne city skyline at night!



The details:

Camera – Nikon D60

Lens – Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX (the kit lens)

Mode – Manual

Focal Length – 18mm

Shutter speed – 1/13th

Aperture – f/3.5

Format – RAW

Lighting – Natural

This one was shot at the top of the Langham and is actually made up of 4 separate shots of the skyline and stitched together in Photoshop. Normally when you shoot a panorama you should use a tripod, but this was a spur of the moment kind of shot, so I didn’t have one handy. I upped the ISO to 400 and the shutter speed down to 1/13th of a second. I was really surprised that the shots came out so clear at so slow a shutter, the Vibration Reduction really shows off it’s stuff in photos like this, especially because it was windy up there! I have another lens that doesn’t have VR and I can’t use a shutter speed slower than 1/50th of a second.

When you take a panorama you are combining a bunch of large files into one REALLY large file, so you can feel free to use a higher ISO because when you shrink down (unless you enjoy looking at photos that are 15,000 pixels wide) the photo it’s going to get rid of a lot of that grain.

Some things to think about, I shot this panorama in a portrait position because when you combine it with all the other photos it’s going to look REALLY wide. By shooting in a portraiture position you are capturing more of the sky and foreground, which will help your end result look not as wide. Make sure you overlap when you shoot and feel free to overlap quite a bit! The more you overlap the easier it will be to stitch together on your computer. Also, lets say you have point A and point B. Point A is where you’re going to start your photo and point B is where you want the photo to end. The more photos you take between point A and point B, the less of that “wide-angle buldge” you’re going to get in the middle. I wish I had taken more photos between point A and B in this photo because the train station is pretty warped, but it was really cold and I didn’t know if these photos were going to work anyway!

If you have any more questions feel free to ask in the comments. Also, if you have seen one of my other photos and want to know how it was done, ask in the comments!


  1. It looks great! Thanks for sharing the picture and how you achieved it with us:)

  2. No problem Kathryn! I hope it inspires you try to make some panoramas yourself!

  3. I’m curious… where did you shoot this from? It would appear that its from a vantage point such as “Northbank” – the apartments with the brown steel struts.

  4. err… my mistake… upon closer looking, I would say either the Eureka, or the Langham Hotel.

  5. You are correct sir! My girlfriend is a full time blogger and was invited to spend a night at the Langham. We got a great tour and I talked the liaison into taking us to the roof to take a few quick photos. I really wish I had taken more, but again I didn’t even think the ones I had taken were going to come out shake-free!

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