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Sydney at Dawn from Balmain…

by on Jan.25, 2013, under Life, Photography

Gerry and I headed out to East Balmain on Sydney harbour for an early sunrise session (starting before 5AM).

From the park at the tip of East Balmain we essentially had uninterrupted views over the water from North Sydney and the Harbour bridge on our left around through the Sydney city CBD and then past Darling Harbour and Pyrmont and finally around to the Anzac bridge on our right.

It was a very nice morning – warm enough to be wearing shorts and a t-shirt (even an hour before sunrise). The tide was highish and the water was still and there was no breeze, we also had nice smooth colour in the sky. However of course as is our usual these days, there were no clouds to speak of during twilight or sunrise but of course some magically appeared high in the sky overhead after sunrise 🙂

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.

Using the 16-35/4 at 35mm I stitched a panorama from seven horizontal long exposure (40 seconds each) frames starting at 5:20AM (during twilight about 30-40 minutes before sunrise)…

Reflections of Sydney

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 44 sec at f/10, ISO 200

of course the pano looks much better larger (than the postage stamp version above)

and here is a single frame of the Sydney CBD at 20mm

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 121.00 sec at f/8, ISO 200

About twenty minutes after sunrise this large passenger ship came around under the bridge to dock

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 31 mm, 1/3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Finally we went for a walk down to the Darling St wharf where it was time to give the BigStopper a whirl with the sun just peeking past the city buildings…

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 29 mm, 98 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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