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Blood Red Sails – Sydney Opera House…

by on Feb.19, 2013, under Life, Photography

I attended the recent Google Plus Sydney PhotoWalk 2013, hosted by Elia Locardi.

For the event we were granted special group access to the Opera House Concert Hall Northern Foyers – with tripods and cameras to shoot, which was a rare opportunity. Nearly 300 avid photographers turned up for the event and I’m sure everyone had an excellent time.

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t forthcoming and by the end of our time inside the Opera House it was raining consistently and all hope for a nice sunset was lost in thick heavy clouds and rain.

As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations the Opera House sails were to be lit bright red from the Overseas Passenger Terminal (the same location as for Vivid Sydney). Unfortunately there was a massive cruise liner at the OPT which had not left and thus the light show could not go ahead on time. A few brave souls along with Elia braved the weather to walk around to the other side of circular quay to the rocks side in the hope of catching some images of the Opera House from that side.

Around 8:30PM the cruise liner started moving out into the harbour and soon after I headed up towards the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the hopes that the light show might start. As luck would have it when I arrived at the bridge steps the Opera House lit up – it was still raining but it was time to head across to the middle of the bridge and I spent an hour trying some different compositions.

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.

Blood Red Sails

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 30 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Streaking into the Quay

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 22 mm, 25.00 sec at f/8, ISO 100

I was starting to pack up from my very wet position on the middle of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and was just about to leave for the night when fireworks started further down the harbour so I figured since I was here I’d setup again and take a few images which included the fireworks.

Tripple Threat

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 17 mm, 12 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Nuclear Skies

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 5.60 sec at f/6.3, ISO 400

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