We were blessed with brilliant weather during our Melbourne stay. No, really. While our Sydney friends griped about having experienced one of the worst summers ever, we were soaking up the sunshine in a city that can famously serve up four seasons in one hour.

On one of our last days in Melbourne, while on a photo shoot at The Prince hotel in St Kilda, I noticed that the weather appeared ripe for a wonderful sunset, with clear conditions overhead and some wispy clouds floating over the horizon.

Sometimes it fizzles out to nothing (something that often happened to me in Dubai while trying to shoot a Burj al Arab silhouetted at sunset), and sometimes you get the photo above.

Travel magazine photo editors love these shots, because you have an identifiable landmark and plenty of headroom to lay type over – they often end up getting used as an opening page spread of a story.

To get this shot I literally ran from the photo shoot at the hotel to St Kilda pier, snapped off a dozen frames, and then ran back to finish off the shoot.

It was too good an opportunity to miss in a city where the locals joke that if you don’t like the weather at the moment, just wait five minutes.

Details: Nikon D700, 80-200mm F2.8G ED-AF @ F2.8 @ 1/200th second @ ISO1250.

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