Watching the sunr​is​e at Circular Quay

Watching the sunr​is​e at Circular Quay

One hour after watching the moonrise over the Sydney Opera House the sun started coming up. Now there were a few more people around. Looking at the round street lights made me wonder. Would it be possible to compose the sunrise behind one of these lights? This experiment turned out much better than I’d hoped. Especially with the couple stood under the light and the two ferries in the harbour.

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.