One of the things I love most about being a photographer is that it gives me an opportunity to explore my own backyard. And if I’m honest, that’s something I probably wouldn’t get to do if I wasn’t into photography. I’m passionate about travelling and seeing new places, and there’s so much to see and explore in and around Perth.

Although I was born in Malaysia, I’ve lived in Perth for the last 11 years. I love nothing more than being a tourist in my own town, heading out with my camera in search of a great view or an interesting subject to photograph. And Fremantle, also known as the port city of Western Australia, has plenty of both.

The brightly lit gantry crane at the Fremantle Port


I’ve always found Fremantle to be a fascinating city and it’s very photogenic. It’s got so many different sides, which is probably why it’s become so popular with both tourists and locals. I’ve always had a preference for natural landscapes, but more recently I’ve developed an interest in urban and night photography. And Fremantle is the perfect location to develop these photography skills.

Perfect reflection: Fishing Boat Harbour looking pretty and photogenic


With the love for colours and lights, I like the challenge of night photography. It’s a great time to explore Fremantle because most of the popular photography spots are less crowded. And everything changes after dark too, so you get a very different perspective of Freo. Night photography also helps to develop your eye for lighting because there’s so little of it. With my trusty tripod, I am getting better at taking pictures in very low light.

One of my favourite locations in Fremantle is the iconic Fishing Boat Harbour. It’s very laid back during the day, and a great spot for a drink and a bite to eat. But in terms of photography, I much prefer photographing the harbour at night, with all the pretty lights reflected in the water. For me, that’s when the Fishing Boat Harbour is at its prettiest and most photogenic.

The water is especially calm after a storm: Fishing Boat Harbour


I’m very fond of Fremantle. It’s always going to be special to me, because it’s where I first met my partner. So spending time here brings back a lot of happy memories for me.

I hope you enjoy my photographs of Fremantle at night. I look forward to capturing more of the city’s unique charm and character to share with you another time.


Tse Yin Chang

Originally from Malaysia, Tse Yin emigrated to Perth back in 2007. In fact, it was the beautiful Australian landscape that inspired her to take up photography. Tse Yin has her own web and graphic design business. And when she’s not working, she loves to travel as much as possible, both in Australia and overseas, documenting her adventures through her camera lens. Which, by the way, is a Sony A7II. You can follow Tse Yin’s travel photography on her blog and Instagram.