During my first week in Sydney I was at a conference in Darling Harbour. The Sydney International Boat Show was the same week. My nearby hotel meant it was easier to get here before dawn for some photographs of the amazing boats. In the evenings there was more movement in the water and many more people around. With hundreds of boats in close formation it is difficult to know which to focus on and which to exclude. Here I focused on the two dark blue boats in the foreground. In the background you can see the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on the left. The Sofitel Hotel in the middle and Harbourside Shopping Centre on the right.
Ferry across the Mersey
You can see some of the new modern architecture with the famous Royal Liver Building in the centre. On the far right is Museum of Liverpool which I still haven’t had a chance to explore inside. It had been many years since I last visited Liverpool. Knowing I wanted to return I also knew that parking in the city centre was expensive. One of the best ways to get into Liverpool is to take the ferry. Parking up at the free Seacombe Car Park it was a two minute walk from the car onto the ferry. The ferry only took 10 minutes to cross the river to the Liverpool Waterfront. This photograph was taken as we got back to the car in the mid afternoon looking east across the River Mersey.
Ferry in Wellington Harbour
The Interislander is one of two ferry companies between New Zealand’s north and south islands. Seen here coming into Wellington harbour (North Island). I used a long 300mm lens here to create the compression of perspective. In the background behind the ferry is Wellington Airport. The runway is 2081 metres long. On the nearside is Evans Bay and behind the runway is the Cook Straight. To get this view I was stood at the top of a hill in Newslands, a suburb next to Johnsonville. This was my first attempt at this concept. It’s a little blurry and I do hope to retake it in the future with a longer lens. A plane landing or taking off in the background would be ideal if I can time it right.
Hong Kong Harbour
The best view of central Hong Kong’s skyline is from Kowloon. This photograph was from Kowloon Public Pier. This was on my last afternoon in the city before heading home that night. The sun was shinning and so I took the iconic star ferry across the harbour. The tallest building in this photograph is the International Finance Centre, Tower 2. It’s 415 metres tall with 88 floors. Behind the skyscrapers is Victoria Peak. The highest mountain in Hong Kong with the best views of the whole city.