The Rocks, Sydney at night

The Rocks, Sydney at night

Searching the Museum of Contemporary Art of Australia online, I saw a similar photograph. Only taken in the daytime. At first, I assumed it had been captured using a drone. The large building the centre of the image is the museum. On the last day of my trip, I took a lift next to the train station. It took me up to the pedestrian walkway alongside the Cahill Expressway. Walking about 100 metres along it from above Circular Quay station. I ended up on a bridge right over George Street looking over The Rocks area of the city. Watching the cars moving below me I wanted to return at dusk. Due to the heavy highway traffic close behind me and the narrow walkway. It was hard to keep the camera still a long enough exposure time to capture the light trails from the traffic.

Darling Harbour at night

Darling Harbour at night

Standing on Parmont Bridge gives a great view of Darling Harbour and the Ferris wheel. This was taken in the evening so there was more movement in the water from wind and water taxis. The building on the left is the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Sofitel Hotel in the middle and Harbourside Shopping Centre on the right. Originally I wanted to capture the full reflection of the Sofitel building on the water but decided to focus more on the ferris wheel’s reflection. Using a 5 second long exposure time when the wheel was moving makes it almost look like a ring of light. Behind the wheel and the glass roof of the shopping centre is the Novotel hotel.

Mrs Macquaries Point at dawn

Mrs Macquaries Point at dawn

On my second dawn visit in a row I tried to do something different. Usually I walk further to the left. Blue Points Tower in the distance behind the bridge looks like it is proping it up to me. So by walking about a hundred metres to the left the Opera House starts to block it out. This time I saw some rocks in the foreground right at the end of the point. Getting the camera very low to the ground helped with this composition. With the foreground rocks and the famous bridge and Opera House in the background. The two second exposure time has made the waves on the rocks quite blurred giving them this ghostly look.

Circular Quay at night

Circular Quay at night

To me Circular Quay is heart of Sydney. It connects tourists and locals going about their days. As you can see dozens of ferries take people all around the region from Manly to Parramatta. To capture this I’m stood on a pedestrian walkway along side the Cahill Express highway. Below this is the Circular Quay railway station. A few floors below that is the harbour side with five wharfs out into the quay.