Sunrise over St Mary’s Cathedral…

I was seeing my parents and eldest daughter off at the airport very VERY early in the morning and decided I might as well head straight to work afterwards. Since I got in before sunrise (6AM) I dropped my things off and went out into the city near work and took some pictures as the sun was rising and I had a low golden blanket of light. I took just my camera and my new Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens.

St Mary’s Cathedral is just on the other side of Hyde Park and towards the sunrise. In front of the Cathedral is the Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre and on it’s roof (at ground level) are some large water ponds and at this time of the morning the water is very still allowing some nice reflected shots.

NIKON D90 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 1/30 sec at f / 11, ISO 200

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NIKON D90 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 22 mm, 1/160 sec at f / 11, ISO 200

There’s a large floral display on the courtyard in front of the cathedral

NIKON D90 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 20 mm, 1/50 sec at f / 11, ISO 200

This last image is a handheld HDR blended from three bracketed exposures at 0, -2 and +2EV. The light level was extremely low inside the cathedral and as I was doing this handheld I had to use a wide open aperture and a higher ISO just to get the shot (the +2 exposure was at 1/6th of a second and this is not a VR lens) – not ideal but the end result turned out better than I had hoped.

NIKON D90 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 1/25 sec at f / 2.8, ISO 800

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  1. This camera takes excellent pictures. I have always been an owner of Sony brand, but now which i own a Nikon, i really enjoy it.