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Night Photography Along the Yarra River

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by Leanne Cole (subscribe)
I'm a photographer who is in love with Melbourne and our wonderful state. You can find out more about me on my blog,
Published June 30th 2015
Taking Photos Along the River at Night
Taking photos along the Yarra River of the city is an experience not to be missed in Melbourne. The reflections and lights that are captured are truly awe inspiring.

Sunset Around Webb Bridge
Sunset Around Webb Bridge

Starting down at the Webb Bridge down near the Docklands end is a great idea as you can see the sunset behind the Bolte Bridge. You can photograph it from the bridge or through it, completely up to you what to do. You will need to check when sunset happens. In winter it is around 5.30 pm and in summer around 8.

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Lights in the Yarra

Once you have had enough, from there you can start making your way along to other bridges, like the Seafarers Bridge, or just photograph what you can see on the opposite side.

Gas Brigades at the Casino
The Gas Brigades at the Casino Lighting Up

The gas brigades at the Casino pretty much happen every hour on the hour when it is dark until midnight. You can find out exactly what time they will be happening on the Crown Casino Gas Brigades website.

There are lots of places to take photos of them. The bridges on the river or my favourite spot in front of the Aquarium.

Night Lights Along the River
Looking at Night Along the River

The walk bridge between Southbank and Flinders street often reflects beautifully in the water. The view down the river from Princes Bridge is fantastic as well. So many great spots, you will need a couple of hours to do it or maybe all night.

To do this sort of photography and to get the best you do need a camera that will allow you to control the settings and a tripod. There are no issues with using tripods in public places, but be careful where you put it, if someone trips over it you might be liable.

Under the Sandridge Bridge
Looking at Night Under the Sandridge Bridge

I've spent many evenings taking photos along there. We usually stop somewhere for dinner and have a break. The last time I was there we stopped at The Common Man on the South Wharf area. I had the best chicken parmigiana I've ever had in my life. The staff were friendly and overall it was a relaxing place to stop and eat.

Take the normal precautions, be careful and really just enjoy it.
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