Friday, 26 June 2015

The Blue Hour


Sometimes I go to my favourite beach even in winter when it's cold. It's still a beautiful place and a place that recharges the soul. I arrived there just on dusk, in the 'blue hour' after the sun goes down. There were a few surfers, a few beach walkers, one brave swimmer... and a couple of tourists with serious cameras. I didn't expect that. They usually turn up in high summer, in the middle of the day, spilling out of the coastal trail mini bus. I was engrossed in taking photos of the seagulls and the surf and then there they were, next to me. I don't know why I expected to be the only one on the beach at nightfall with a camera.. Anyway I hope you like my blue hour photos and shiny seagull reflections.

















It grew too dark to take any more, I hopped in my car and headed home.
Have a good weekend,
Val.

I'm linking to James's Weekend Reflections

Friday, 19 June 2015

Darling Harbour Reflections


Hi all, just a quick post. I went out tonight to meet some photo group friends at a tavern on the wharf at Darling Harbour, our group's unofficial office..

On the way home I shot these. No tripod. I'm lucky any turned out. Anyway if James has put up his weekend reflections post yet I may be one of the first instead of one of the last to contribute. It's nearly midnight here and I need some sleep!








A light winter drizzle didn't deter the tourists and the friday night crowd. Everyone was inside eating and drinking.

Have a good weekend,
Val.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Cootamundra Wattle


If winter in Australia has a scent, it is the warm honeyed smell of the wattle tree. It reminds me of winter sunshine. The perfume is subtle and the flowering of this particular wattle tree is short lived, just a few weeks, then other varieties of wattle bloom and there are fuzzy yellow flowers through until spring.

I have a Cootamundra Wattle Acacia baileyana tree in a pot on my balcony and I took a sprig and put it in a vase, set up my camera and tripod and set about trying to capture these little puffs of yellow.



I had an unexpected visitor..





He posed for a while then decided he'd modelled for long enough and hid away.



These shots are about as detailed as I can get with my 24-70mm lens.
After much thinking - and saving - I have lashed out and ordered a dedicated 100mm macro lens. I'll be a while before it gets here, because it was less expensive to get it over the internet but it's a thing of beauty and it will be worth the wait.

Hope you are having a good weekend,
Val.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Vivid Sydney


They say you take the things you love for granted. Then something happens to make you see the familiar through new eyes. Sydney Harbour is a magnet for tourists in summer but we needed something to spark up our city in winter and the powers that be came up with the Vivid Sydney Festival click here.

The famous inner city landmarks are lit up with light shows and music. I'd not been to see it. I thought oh yeah, pretty lights ho hum until finally persuaded - with camera and tripod of course - to experience it. Wowee!

The city was fabulous but so crowded so it was onto a ferry to view the other side of the bridge and Luna Park and Opera House from McMahons Point. Spectacular!



















I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my city by night,

Val.



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