Earth Hour 2009
I only thought of heading to the top of Mount Ainslie for Earth Hour when there was about 25 minutes left. By the time I got there, it was right on the stroke of 9:30, so sadly, I missed getting any really good photos of Canberra in darkness. 😦 Oh well. Here is Canberra, less than 5 minutes after the end of Earth Hour:
While I was up there I played around with taking some night-time portrait shots with my new flash. At first I got some pretty dismal results… but eventually I started getting some pretty decent ones. 🙂 In this photo, I opened the aperture up, set a high ISO and kept a long shutter speed to get as much light from the city below as possible… but I also used the flash, bounced to the left, to fill the subject in the foreground. I quite like the effect. 🙂
Unfortunately the image is marred by a wierd light in the sky above the subject’s head. 😦 A number of shots I took had random lights appearing in strange places, but I’m not sure why. There were no big stars or aeroplanes, and no UFOs I’m aware of!!!