International Boat Show, Darling Harbour

International Boat Show, Darling Harbour

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.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

One of the best places to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge is between Milsons Point and Kirribilli. As usual with these popular spots, there were a few other photographers there at sunset. Around half of them pack up their cameras after the sun disappears behind the horizon. From here the sunset in the middle of the bridge which was cool to see. As is often the case I was glad I stuck around to twilight. The lights on the bridge seem to complement the colour of the sky at the harbour. The clear blue sky also helps make the enormity of this bridge stand out.

Sydney Harbour Bridge from Observatory

Sydney Harbour Bridge from Observatory

Walking up and around Observatory Hill at around half 5 in the evening. I watched many bridal parties come and go having their photographs taken with this view. As the sunset more and more people arrived to sit on the grass and have picnics. After sunset two seperate photography workshops arrived. Around 20 photographers in each workshop plus the instructors. There were a few photographers like myself not part of the groups. There must have been at least 50 tripods on the hill that night. Most of us were capturing this view along Lower Fort Street towards the harbour bridge. By 8pm most people had packed up their camera gear and one of the workshops had moved on. The instructor for the workshop to my right lit up sparkler and started walking up and down in front of her group. I didn’t re-compose my camera but I did take a couple of six second long exposures. Seeing if I could get extra interest on this side of the frame.

Light trails to the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House light trails

On the north side of the harbour is the suburb of Kirribilli and Milsons Point. It’s a fantastic place for views of the Sydney skyline. You can also get close up and panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This photograph was influenced by browsing photos on Instagram. Having seen similar photos looking down this road with the Opera House across the harbour. I thought it would be cool to see if I waited for a car to be going down the road. I don’t think I got the timing is right but decided not to stick around and wait for another car. It was 8pm in a residential area. To capture this my tripod had to be taking up almost the whole pavement right outside someone’s house. The street and car lights have lit up the brickwork of the buildings on both sides of the road. This seems to lead the eye towards the Sydney Opera House and city centre behind.