Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sydney in the Rain



Two weeks ago I was in the city on a rainy day. Rain spells never last here long as our rain tends to dump'n'go. It's not the genteel drizzle that lasts for hours that I experienced in England but it's always welcome. Of course it makes for good reflections and a different take on a well photographed area of my city as the day faded into evening.









Have a good weekend,
Val.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Colours of Vivid



After my previous post about the Sydney Vivid Festival, I went back on the last evening with the
Canon and the tripod, mainly to shoot some of the smaller installations. Here are some favourites.









What is it about pretty coloured lights that makes us go ooh! ahhh! I don't know but the atmosphere was great.

I just have to say, in the wake of the terrible things that have happened in London and Paris and Brussels recently that streets near the waterfront were blocked off completely to traffic. Police presence was considerable and increases each year. It shouldn't be that way but that's the world we live in. My heart goes out, especially to all Londoners who've had such a bad run. 

My usual reflection-themed post will go up later in the week.
Val.



Friday, 16 June 2017

Harbour Lights and Vivid



Hi everyone,
It's winter in Sydney and a few years ago someone had the bright idea of lighting up Sydney on cool winter nights to draw people into the city. Well, it worked and it has turned into a carnival atmosphere with markets, food stalls, people busking, special exhibitions at the Zoo..the list goes on..  vivid Festival Sydney 2017.
I was in the city to see some photography exhibits but then night fell. Ah, who needs an excuse? Here's my little tour.



Darling Harbour at dusk.




Night markets and a bite to eat in Chinatown.


A brief walk back towards Circular Quay, past Sydney Town Hall. Those steps seem to be a place to sit for a little rest for many a tourist bottom!


I was intrigued by this lady in an alleyway.

Down at the Quay, behind Customs House I knew there was an art installation a alley and sure enough the sight seers were equalled by photographers with various grades of equipment. I did the best I could with my little hand held. The projection was made onto a gauze like tarpaulin hung between the buildings and it was stunning.


Then at the Quay side I had the not-so-bright idea of going into one of the ferry wharves to get a shot of the Museum of Contemporary Art building lit up. Moving pier makes for not so steady photographs  ;)


At Circular Quay railway station I took the shot below leaning against a perspex barrier. I was not risking my life in mid air but it looks like it!



Vivid finishes tonight.

Have a good weekend,
Val.