Night Photographs by Bob Swanson

Hong Kong Laser Show


I have tried to take low-light and nighttime photos for many years. The big breakthrough for me were improved sensors in digital cameras. The Nikon D700 started me with the chance to take more low-light images. The Panasonic Lumix GX-85 really did it. On a recent cruise, I was able to take great photos at night in various ports. Some of those photos are showcased here.

We have posted photos both to our personal website and to Flickr.

NOTE that these photographs are Copyright©1998-2019 Robert and Sandra Swanson. I greatly appreciate people viewing the photos, but not stealing them. If someone is interested from a commercial point of view, please contact me.


Party Boat -- Taken in the harbor at Bali. This "pirate ship" was cruising around the harbor while the party people drank, danced, and made a LOT of noise. This photo was taken from our cabin balcony, using the GX85. The 5-axis movement compensation made it easy to get a clear photo. You can see the individual partiers with no problem.

[Party Boat]

[Hong Kong]

Hong Kong -- The buildings were lit up this visit, much as in the past. However, now, they use vast numbers of LED's. In the past it was neon. The building here has the time displayed over the surface of the entire building. Taken with the GX85.

Honolulu Skyline at Sunrise -- It was still night as we entered Honolulu harbor. You can see a nice skyline of highrise buildings in the dark. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a good view of Diamond Head as we entered, there are just too many buildings now. Again, taken with the Panasonic Lumix GX85.

[Honolulu Skyline at Sunrise]

[Luna Park, Sydney, Australia]

Luna Park, Sydney, Australia -- Taken with the Nikon D700, while entering Sydney Harbour. The harbor entrance is one of the finest in the world. This is the amusement park right at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Night Shot of Malta Harbor -- Taken with the Nikon D700, this shows the illuminated fortress walls in the harbor of Valetta, Malta. These massive defensive walls are many hundreds of years old.

[Night Shot of Malta Harbor]

[Oompah Band at Restaurant in Sydney, Australia]

Oompah Band at Restaurant in Sydney, Australia -- We enjoyed a long lunch at the Munich BrauHaus restaurant. It is located in the old section of Sydney, Australia, that is called "The Rocks". This shot demonstrates what the Panasonic Lumix GX85 can do in low light.

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