29 May 2015
To help you capture the best photos from the best viewpoints, one of Australia’s leading photographers, Hirsty Photography, has put together a collection of photos from the last few years along with some inside tips on where and how to capture the amazing light spectacular around Sydney Harbour.
2. Captured from Blues Point with a 200mm zoom lens. The trick is to time this shot when the Sydney Harbour Bridge has a mix of vibrant colours and the Sydney Opera House has a static projected image. Also try a slightly longer exposure to smooth out the water:
3. This one is shot from Lavendar Bay with a large zoom which compresses the image and gives the feeling the Sydney Opera House is sitting right on top of Luna Park. Try a long exposure like this so the wheel is seen to be spinning:
4. Shot from Lavendar Bay also, but this one zoomed out more and a faster exposure so that the Ferris Wheel is static. Makes Luna Park look like a miniature wonderland!
5. Captured from Lavendar Bay from with a wider angle lens. A slow shutter speed to smooth the water. If it’s windy though, you might want to make the shutter speed faster so the boats in the foreground are not blurry:
7. Shot from the Cahill Expressway walkway with a zoom:
8. Shot from Blues Point with a large zoom. The blue on the water is from the lights on the Sydney Harbour Bridge:
9. Shot from up on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, beautiful floral design!
10. Shot from the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal. The trick with this shot is to get directly underneath where the projection is coming from. A bit to either side and this shot doesn’t work!
11. Shot from Blues Point with a wide angle lens. It’s nice to get something in the foreground like these chairs to give some perspective:
12. This one is shot from the rooftop of the stunning Four Seasons Hotel. It’s a similar view from the rooms. This is a 60 second exposure to allow the coloured boats to create patterns on the Harbour:
13. Shot from the Cahill Expressway walkway looking down over the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with a wide angle lens:
14. Shot from the Cahill Expressway with a very large 400mm zoom to really give a sense of scale. Incredible how tight the projection appears to hug the Sydney Opera House!
15. The classic Vivid Sydney shot that every photographer will take! Shot from just near Luna Park under the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a wide angle lens. A tough shot to get without having someone walk through your shot! Try a long exposure: