Gondolas and hot-air balloons have one thing in common – because they are not powered craft, you can’t really hear them coming.
This gondola was cruising down the dark Yarra about three weeks ago, on a late-autumn night, when I happened to spot its dark shape gliding along in total silence.
I knew that if I waited a minute or so, it would emerge from a stretch of pitch-black water into an area that was like molten gold.
I shot this without a tripod, knowing that the forward movement of the gondola would work against the fact that I needed a decent exposure time. I shot four frames, but the texture of the water in this one is the best.
However, you can see slightly blurry edges around the shadow of the gondola’s prow – and if you locate the navigation light of the man-powered craft, you can detect the motion blur.
A tough shot – but one I’m fairly pleased with.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F1.2, 1/6 sec, ISO 800, focal length 285mm.