Tourist observation tower, 110 meters tall (131 meters above sea level). You ride up in a doughnut (not shown in the photo) that slowly cranks up the tower. It's called "Tiger" because it is sponsored by Tiger Beer.
By the time I reached the tower, it was already past it's operating hours. The doughnut was resting for the night at ground level.
- Nikon D7000, 24mm f1.4
- At 24mm, f2, ISO 1600, 1/15 seconds
- Manual exposure, center-weighted metering, auto white balance
- Picasa: Auto contrast
All that black sky will throw off the light meter. Either spot meter on the tower, or use manual exposure and go by the playback on the LCD screen.
With today's DSLRs, you can do a lot of night photography without having to use a tripod. However, you need to experiment and know yourself and your equipment: what's the highest ISO you can tolerate, lowest shutter speed you can safely handhold for a particular lens and zoom setting, maximum aperture to use to get good enough depth of field at different distances.