Palm Beach Pastels…

Took the drone out for a spin over the weekend (actually multiple times :)). In this case I needed to take my eldest daughter out for a driving lesson so she took me up to Palm Beach for sunset.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

FC330 + 20.7 mm, 1/30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 153

Palm Beach is northernmost beachside suburb on the northern beaches peninsula of Sydney. It’s located roughly 40km north of the city centre and takes around an hour or so to drive up there.

Note: These photographs (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.

On the way up here up there I’d intended on shooting towards sunset over the Pittwater (western) side of the peninsula, however by the time we’d arrived the sun was already dipping over the land on the other side of the Hawkesbury. There were no clouds in the sky so I wasn’t expecting much of a sunset anyway but as luck would have it the sky facing east away from the sun was a rainbow of beautiful pastels.

We were standing next to the beach on the Pittwater side but it’s a clear view over to the ocean side on the west so was easy to send the drone over there to shoot some video and stills looking southward along Palm Beach above.

Pittwater Pastels

Pittwater Pastels

FC330 + 20.7 mm, 1/30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 195

I’m really just starting to scratch the surface of the aerial still photographic possibilities of this marvellous DJI Phantom 4.

End of the Road

End of the Road

FC330 + 20.7 mm, 1/8 sec at f/2.8, ISO 355

The end of another beautiful day in Sydney… just time enough to head over to Palm Beach on the ocean side till it got dark and cold and then let my daughter drive us back home.

Synthesis…

For the first year ever and to celebrate its 200th birthday, the renowned Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will explode with many types of illumination during Vivid Sydney. A highlight of the features in the gardens is Synthesis by the awesomely creative Ample Projects team. A heritage listed Moreton Bay Fig Tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens plays canvas to these beautiful light projections.

Synthesis

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 2.5 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Note: These photographs (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.

Here is a little animated sequence of twenty one (21) of those frames. In practice however the still frame doesn’t capture the feeling or the mood of the smooth flowing animations and lighting as it moves progressively up and through the tree. This is one of those ones you have to see in person :).

Synthesis

Synthesis

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 1.3 to 3 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Celebrating these magnificent organisms, and the role they play in ecosystems around our world, this intricately 3D mapped projection show will explore the beauty and function of these ancient wonders.

Synthesis

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 6 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200

Creatures of the Night…

More of the amazing light creatures as part of Be The Light For The Wild at Taronga Zoo.

Pygmy Tarsiers

Pygmy Tarsiers

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm, 1/5 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Some giant animal lanterns have appeared at Taronga Zoo as part of the Vivid Sydney light and music festival to celebrate the park’s 100th birthday celebrations this year.

Many of these massive, brightly coloured lanterns, feature moving parts, interactive lighting and sound effects.

Marine Turtles

Turtles

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 34 mm, 1/3 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (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.

Spider

Spider

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm, 1/2 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Crocodile

Crocodile

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 32 mm, 1/4 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Pygmy Tarsier

Pygmy Tarsier

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/6 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is open each night 27 May – 18 Jun from 5:30pm – 9:30pm, with last entry at 9pm.

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 36 mm, 1/4 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Vivid @ Taronga…

A little sneak peek at Vivid Sydney this year at Taronga Zoo…

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 21 mm, 1 sec at f/6.3, ISO 800

I was lucky enough to get to check out a special preview night of Be the Light for the Wild created by the awesome Ample Projects team and hosted by ANZ. My youngest daughter an I had a fabulous time exploring the Zoo at night visiting these marvellous light creations.

Taronga Zoo’s traditional animals of the wild play host to an additional cast of creatures including an echidna, chameleon, crocodile, cicadas and even a funnel-web spider, along with thousands of smaller lanterns made by NSW school students as part of the Zoo’s Centenary celebrations.

Vivid @ Taronga

Vivid @ Taronga

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 1/20 to 1 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

The front facade of the zoo also plays host to a fabulous building projection also created by Ample Projects. Above is a little animated GIF celebrating some of the images from the storyline. If you have the opportunity this Vivid to make your way over to Taronga Zoo it is well worth the visit.

Note: These photographs (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.

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 1/6 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is open each night 27 May – 18 Jun from 5:30pm – 9:30pm, with last entry at 9pm.

Be the Light for the Wild…

A little sneak peek at Be the Light for the Wild as part of Vivid Sydney this year at Taronga Zoo…

Echidna

Echidna - Be the Light for the Wild

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 32 mm, 1/5 sec at f/8, ISO 100

I was lucky enough to get to check out a special preview night of Be the Light for the Wild created by the awesome Ample Projects team and hosted by centenary presenting partner ANZ Australia. My youngest daughter and I had a fabulous time exploring the Zoo at night visiting these marvellous light creations.

Taronga Zoo’s traditional animals of the wild play host to an additional cast of creatures including an echidna, chameleon, crocodile, cicadas and even a funnel-web spider, along with thousands of smaller lanterns made by NSW school students as part of the Zoo’s Centenary celebrations.

Be the Light for the Wild

Be the Light for the Wild

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8

Be the Light for the Wild features ten critical species from Australia and Sumatra, ranging from the magnificent Asian elephant to the brightly coloured Corroboree frogs, species that Taronga is committed to protecting. With interactive lighting, sound effects and moving parts, these giant light sculptures are among the largest and most technologically advanced lanterns ever to feature in Vivid.

The quality of the light installations was fantastic, in particular my daughter and I loved the Echidna pictured up top. But there were so many other highlights including the giant funnel-web spider, the saltwater crocodile and the voice activated cicada’s :).

If you have the opportunity this Vivid to make your way over and in to Taronga Zoo it is well worth the visit to check out Be the Light for the Wild. Or if you’d like to donate to help Taronga conserve ten critical species then you can donate at http://taronga.org.au/legacy.

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is open each night 27 May – 18 Jun from 5:30pm – 9:30pm, with last entry at 9pm.