Hornby Lighthouse

Hornby Lighthouse

Constructed in 1858 this is one of Australia’s most important lighthouses. Standing bright at the southern entrance to Port Jackson and Sydney Harbour. In my two week trip to Sydney, this was location was the furthest I ventured from the city. Taking a ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. Then walking the 3 kilometres around Green Point Reserve and Camp Cove to the lighthouse. On the other side of the water is North Head on the right and the lights of Manly behind the light house.

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.

Sydney Opera House at moonrise

Sydney Opera House at moonrise

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.

Sydney Opera House and bridge

Sydney Opera House and bridge at night

One of my favourite place in Sydney is Mrs Macquarie’s Point, at the end of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Earlier this year I was in Sydney for two weeks and came here once for sunset and twice for sunrise. Looking towards the bridge we’re facing west. In the evening you have a good chance of a nice sunset behind the bridge and Opera House. This can create a good silhouette but I prefer going here at dawn. Getting there about an hour before sunrise there were only half a dozen people. This photograph was taken about an hour after sunset on my first evening in Sydney.