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.
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.
Built in 1890 this Victorian style retail arcade is in the heart of central Sydney. It’s quieter and more picturesque than the nearby Queen Victoria Building. One thing that stands out to me the most is the shop signage. No big red SALE signs. No huge shop brand logos. Simple small signs above each shop front. Helped by the ornate cast iron and carved balustrades, and timber framed shopfronts. It did take some time to compose this photograph to be as symmetrical as possible.
The sun rising up behind the Sydney Opera House was what I planned to capture. Walking up and down the opposite side of Circular Quay, I saw the moon rising up between the “sails” of the Opera House. This made me run to find a spot where I could frame the moon right between the “sails”. The crescent moon was rising up faster than I had expected. Only this year have I started to photograph moonrise and it is much more difficult than sunrise. You get much more warning with sunrise due to the amount of light the sun gives off in comparison to the moon.