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Sculpture by the Sea – Sunset @ Bondi…

by on Nov.14, 2011, under Life, Photography

I visited Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi one recent evening around sunset with a couple of other photog’s.

I hadn’t actually been to this before so I didn’t really know what to expect – I took lots of gear with the intention of trying lots of different things with lots of different focal lengths and compositions – even light paint some sculpture at night.

As it turned out it was very busy down there along the coastline with many hundreds of other visitors. The light was very nice but dropping to darkness pretty quickly, although we did also have a rising full moon just as it got dark. We were stopping when it got dark and heading off to dinner so I ended up sticking with the one lens – the 70-200mm (fast telephoto) – no time to muck around :), and I had no idea there would be this many sculptures – 100 spread across the coastline from Bondi beach to Tamarama. Some of the sculptures were pretty interesting but it was hard to create an image that wasn’t just a straight tourist capture of a sculpture and there were so many sculptures it was hard to choose a few.

Late news: I visited again last night with my regular crew and we shot after sunset and painted with light – I havn’t looked at any of those images yet but I have a feeling there’s a few there I’ll be happier with than this set :).

I’ve also created a gallery of 22 of my selects from the evening if you’d like to take a look:

Who can resist Zebra’s 🙂

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 75 mm, 1/800 sec at f/4, ISO 100

I said at the end of shooting that I expected my best photo was taken in the first 5 – I do like this one grabbed right at the start when I saw these girls sitting (ahem) inside the sculpture posing for a mothers photo 🙂

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 175 mm, 1/60 sec at f/4, ISO 125

Spinning metal things are always good…

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm, 1/640 sec at f/4, ISO 100

As are oversized taps from Sydney Water – made for a silhoutette this late in the day…

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 75 mm, 1/4000 sec at f/4, ISO 200


NIKON D7000 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 80 mm, 1/1600 sec at f/4, ISO 400

Not a sculpture but this caught the eye of two of us – perhaps it was the orange on greeny blue…

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm, 1/160 sec at f/4, ISO 400

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