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Observatory Hill Silhouette…

by on Sep.18, 2012, under Life, Photography

I joined a couple friends in the city for a late afternoon/evening impromptu shoot in The Rocks area.

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 slideshow gallery viewer.

As I was running a little late I parked at Observatory Hill first for sunset (I only arrived 15 minutes before sunset so there wasn’t a lot of time to plan things out). By the time I arrived long shadows were already raking across the grass, the horizon was thick with smog haze which made for some nice colourful bands across the sky and the old fig trees were in full silhouette so I went with it and used the tree’s shadow to allow a longer shutter to catch some detail and colour…

Tree of Life

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 13 mm, 1/4 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Ten minutes later as the sun was just dipping over the horizon a young woman sat on a bench under the tree to watch the glow of the setting sun. So I set up to place the sun at the end of the dipping tree branch and framed it thus… not sure yet if this works (or whether I should have run to the car for the 70-300 – yeah probably not :)) but…


NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 13 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Almost ten minutes later again (post sunset), a pano following the bridge heading to North Sydney. You can see the dirty haze banding the horizon which in the absence of any clouds (yet again!, sigh…) produced some interesting colour in the sky

Heading North

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 13 mm, 3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

I then headed down towards Dawes Point under the bridge to join my friends

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