Singapore | Downtown Skyline

Singapore | Downtown Skyline

At the end of our trip to Indonesia, we spent a few days visiting Singapore.  It’s a modern city, but with a fascinating mix of cultures and a rich history.

This is a view of the downtown skyline, shot at blue hour with a Hoyda NDX400 filter.

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Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

Germany | Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

December is always a dark month here in Berlin – and the clouds make things even worse! But at the end of November the Christmas markets start to open up across the city, and it just wouldn’t be the same without them. My favorite one is on Gendarmenmarkt in the center of the city. It’s a beautiful square and the market is always exceptionally well decorated. There are lots of stalls selling arts and crafts, and plenty of good food as well.

Indonesia | Mt. Bromo Sunrise

Mt. Bromo Sunrise

This is a view of Mt. Bromo, on Java in Indonesia, as the sunlight begins to filter over the horizon. This shot was taken just a few minutes after my previous one (see the comments section below), and the stars are already a lot less visible.

I really liked the contrast between the deep blue sky and the foreground colors – not long after this the sky and clouds developed a lot more pink and orange.

Indonesia | Mt. Bromo Sunrise

Mt. Bromo Sunrise

I just got back from a long trip through Indonesia – covering Java, Bali, Lombok and Flores. One of the (many) highlights was watching the sunrise over Mt. Bromo, on the island of Java.

We arrived at the popular viewing point around 3am, and were the first people there, which meant we were able to get the best spots. We just had to wait in the cold wind until 4:30am for the sun to show itself!

While we waited, I took some long exposure shots to catch the vast array of starts visible above the volcanoes. On the plain in front of Mt. Bromo you can see the light trail left behind by the jeeps taking visitors to other viewing points. And then I got lucky – during one of my long exposures, a shooting star suddenly appeared over the volcano!

Potsdam | Schloß Sanssouci Blue Hour

Potsdam | Schloß Sanssouci Blue Hour

Yesterday I went to the 19th edition of the Potsdamer Schlössernacht – an evening where the gardens of the palaces in Potsdam are open and there are various musical and theatrical performances. The highlight is seeing the palaces lit up at night, and at the end there is a firework display as well. Unfortunately it draws massive crowds (unsurprisingly), so it can be difficult to photograph without thousands of people in the shot!

This picture was taken with a 1 minute exposure using a Hoya NDX400 filter – this way as people move they don’t appear in the frame (unless they don’t move of course!) and it always accentuates the beautiful colors at blue hour.

Seville | Plaza de España Blue Hour

Seville | Plaza de España Blue Hour

Seville’s Plaza de España was built in 1928 for the 1929 World Expo, which was hosted in the adjacent park. The Plaza was used as a place to exhibit Spain’s industry; today the buildings are mainly occupied by government departments. All around the Plaza are little alcoves with beautiful tiles depicting each province of Spain.

This picture was taken during blue hour, after the sun had set but before the sky was completely dark. I used a Hoya NDX400 “black glass” filter (9 stops) and a 2 minute exposure for this shot.