Late Nights

Luke Nicholas

Image: Luke Nicholas, Alpha 7R III (A7RM3) Late Nights

Luke Nicholas Rooney is an award-winning photographer based in Auckland, NZ, who specializes in urban & cityscape photography. He is best known for his radiant & distinctive images of Auckland city.

After becoming a finalist in the 2018 Sony Alpha Awards Youth Competition, Luke knew that visual storytelling was his passion. He is now pursuing a full-time career as a professional image maker.

What is in your camera bag?

Sony Alpha 7R III, 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens, 50mm F1.8 lens, SD cards (a lot!), spare batteries, portable charger, lightweight travel tripod, rocket blower and microfibre cloth.

What is your go to in your Alpha kit and why?

At the moment the Alpha 7R III and 16-35mm F2.8 GM is my go to Alpha kit when out shooting. Photographing in and around urban environments involves a lot of moving around so I like to keep my kit as minimal as possible.

I chose the Alpha 7R III because of its high-resolution 42.4 megapixel sensor, which enables me to crop into photos if I need to get a bit more reach.

The 16-35mm GM is an extremely versatile lens, with 16mm being great for tight spaces & landscapes, while 35mm is perfect for street photography, cityscapes & contextual portraits.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

My most memorable moment would be ending off a North Island road trip with a spontaneous sunset mission to the Te Paki sand dunes with friends. Our shoes filling up with sand while racing to the top of the dunes to get a good view of the sunset, and capturing it all on camera is a moment I will never forget.