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.

Oriental Bay at Night

Oriental Bay at Night

Whilst seeing and photographing the Carter Fountain most days. I’ve not published a photograph of the fountain before. This is Oriental Bay, one of my favourite parts of Wellington. The fountain isn’t on all the time, only a few hours a day weather permitting. It cycles through a rainbow of colours. I tried to capture the various colours but found the green to be my favourite. It contrasts well with the blues and oranges of the rest of the scene. Making the fountain stand out as the focal point of the image. I have captured the fountain zoomed in with the city skyline behind but I wanted to include more of the bay. Seeing this line of rocks I moved around the include them. These rocks in the foreground lead your eye towards the fountain. This is a 20 second long exposure with my new Sony full frame digital camera.

Wellington Harbour at Sunrise

Wellington Harbour at Sunrise

Walking along the waterfront and spotting this photographer I knew I had to get my camera out. Here we can see the sun rising over the Hutt Valley. The hills behind are in the low cloud. The rays of light from the sun are what stopped the man in the foreground and many others stop to capture this scene. Taken at about 8:15am at the end of May, here in New Zealand this is winter time. So there isn’t anyone using this diving board or rowing in the harbour. Captured on my iPhone this shows how far the quality of phone cameras have come over the last 10 years.

Ferry in Wellington Harbour

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.