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A Walk to Sydney Harbour…

by on Dec.24, 2010, under Life, Photography

Earlier in the week my wife had planned to go out for some drinks and food with some colleagues after work and wondered if I’d join them later for a little food and we’d go home together. As this meant I’d have a couple hours free after work and before meeting them I figured I’d take my camera into work and then go for a short photo walk down to the harbour (Mrs Macquarie’s Chair) and take some photos along the way.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay gallery viewer.

The following was taken whilst walking down the point itself. There are these very textured and interesting old Moreton Bay fig trees and this one I could frame with this nice old building and the modern city skyscrapers in the background. This was taken shooting essentially towards the late afternoon sun so I’ve done this as a handheld HDR (three exposures bracketed at 0, -2 and +2EV).

NIKON D90 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 82 mm, 1/160 sec at f / 4.5, ISO 200

I really would have liked to have been taking sunset and twilight shots on the harbour, pointing towards the setting and then set sun. However as it’s summer that doesn’t happen till around 8 to 9PM! and as it’s only 6PM my options were more limited. The following was taken with my ultra wide angle lens at 8mm basically pointed directly towards the late afternoon sun and with a -3EV exposure compensation I was able to essentially silhouette the Harbour bridge, Opera house and city skyline.

NIKON D90 + 8.0-16.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8 mm, 1/4000 sec at f / 11, ISO 200

Later I was walking back along the waters edge through the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens towards the harbour end of the CBD and this view is across Farm Cove towards the Opera house with North Sydney in the background.

NIKON D90 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 70 mm, 1/320 sec at f / 9, ISO 200

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