My second visit to a botanical gardens in Australia but this time I was really impressed, firstly with the size and secondly with the massive variety of plant life. After spending the whole day there walking around, looking at the wildlife and views of the city it should be high on any visitors must see list. Obviously you don’t need to spend all day there but I would at the very least recommend a walk through the gardens towards Mrs Macquarie’s chair and then back around the bay to the Opera House.
Many times I have seen viewpoints on postcards or online and thought I have to go there and put my own spin on that view. This was the case here. In fact this was my one shot that I came to Australia knowing I would wait for as long as it took in order to get the conditions perfect in terms of the sky, no ferries or boats in the water. This is just the way I wanted the final photograph to turn out, taken at the perfect time of day. It was about half an hour after the sun had set just off to the right behind the Harbour Bridge and the purples and oranges in the sky were a real bonus. Some might say that I should crop out a lot of the water and some of the sky to make this into a panoramic photograph, but I like it the way it is, maybe this might change when I see a large print of it.
There are many ways to see Sydney from high up and one of the best and most central is the Sydney Harbour Bridge (where I was stood when taking this photograph). One of the popular things for tourists to do is the Harbour Bridge Climb but not only is it quite expensive, they do not allow cameras. So instead I went up the pylon lookout which wasn’t quite as high but still allowed for fantastic (maybe even better as you’re closer) views of the city and the Opera House. In the foreground I included a water taxi boat to give an idea of scale.
My first day in Sydney I spent the whole day focusing on photographs of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and as far as I am concerned, it has paid off. In the end I walked across the bridge from the central business district where I was staying twice. Once to scout possible locations (when I took this image) and a second time to capture a slightly different view of Sydney and the bridge at dusk. The above photograph was taken from in front of the Luna Park, an amusement park on the north shore. In this view you can see the Sydney Opera House under the bridge on the other side of the water.