09/05/2016 2:30 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST

Photographer Joel Coleman Captures A Sydney Night From The Air

Photos out the Airbus window never come out this good.

Joel Coleman

There's a crisp quality to photographer Joel Coleman's magical series of Sydney by night, and it's no accident.

He said it was a technical shoot that required perfect conditions.

"There are so many reasons why photographing from a helicopter at night simply shouldn't work," Coleman said.

"Get the mix of equipment, aircraft, pilot (and photographer) right and you can push the limits of a modern digital camera to produce photographs like these."

  • Sydney Harbour
    Sydney Harbour
    Joel Coleman
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Joel Coleman
  • Circular Quay And Darling Harbour
    Circular Quay And Darling Harbour
    Joel Coleman
  • The Central Business District
    The Central Business District
    Joel Coleman
  • Manly
    Joel Coleman
  • The Sydney Opera House
    The Sydney Opera House
    Joel Coleman

Coleman has previously photographed whales, sea lions and surf breaks and said he'd always wanted to shoot a night flight.

"You know life is treating you well when you have to make a decision between flying around Sydney in a helicopter at night, or flying south to Victoria to surf a monster swell," Coleman said.

"The photographer in me won this battle as I had been planning a night shoot over the city for some time.

"Conditions last week were lining up to be perfect with the forecasts showing a two-day window that was the best for aerial photography I had seen in nearly three years."

See more of Coleman's work here.