29. June 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Photography · Tags:

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Vivid is a light festival in Sydney which happens every year (see here). It is cool!

I went on several trips to go and take photos, and here are some of my favorites.

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They project a show onto the side of the Opera House which replays about every 20 mins. This year it included pinball, bond girls, animal prints, scary clowns and even fireworks.

Some of the other buildings around are lit up too, like Customs House – I didn’t have my tripod for this though.

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The Bridge is only lit up on the far side, so no pics of that unfortunately, just some more Opera House!

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There were all sorts of other smaller displays like flowers which light up more when you make noise and a ‘planet under construction’ made of traffic cones.

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It was well worth the trip although Sunday night was mentally busy so I’d certainly recommend trying to go in the week.

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15. June 2013 · 4 comments · Categories: Photography · Tags:
Opera House at night

Opera House at night

Recently I went down to the Harbor at night with my tripod to take some night pics. Its a pretty cool place to hang out at the best of times, with some truly iconic views, and I find it particularly cool at night. Luckily with daylight saving its dark about 5.30-6 here now, so there’s no need to stay up later for good shots.

Coming soon is the Vivid light festival where they light up the Opera House with all kinds of projections, so I’ll go back for another go during that. Also on the list is some night pics of Luna Park with the scary clown entrance and lit up rides which also look very cool at night. You can see the gate and big wheel under the bridge in the shot below.

Harbor Bridge and Luna Park

Harbor Bridge and Luna Park

Rather than the London bus on the road light trails, you can do the same with the Opera House and ferries. I’ll go back and try this one again on a longer exposure for better water blurring.

Opera House with ferry

Opera House with ferry

The Opera Bar is a good place to hang out with a drink or two on a summer evening looking over the water to the Bridge and Opera House itself. After looking at the pics on my computer I definitely need to work on the focusing of my night shots with live view (or just revert to dots or even manual focusing maybe – any tips appreciated!)

The Opera Bar

The Opera Bar

My night time adventure reminded me of a good trip to London I did with Phil and Charles back in Jan 2012. It was a lot warmer here! Here’s a picture of another iconic bridge from that trip.

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Tower Bridge