Featured Photographer; Hirsty Photography for #VividSydney

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.

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1. Shot from the Sydney Opera House forecourt with a Wide Angle lens. This angle really captures the scale of the projection with the seemingly tiny humans standing in Opera Bar below:

Coloured Shells, Sydney Opera House, Vivid Sydney

Coloured Shells

 

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:

Dripping Web, Vivid Sydney 2014

Dripping Web, Vivid Sydney 2014

 

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:

Luna Park and the Opera House

Luna Park and the Opera House

 

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!

Ferris Wheel at Luna Park

Ferris Wheel at Luna Park

 

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:

Vivid Sydney 2014

Luna Park from Lavender Bay

 

6. This one is captured from the balcony of the beautiful Aqua Dining restaurant right above North Sydney Olympic Pool. Not a bad place for a Vivid Sydney dip!

Lush Lanes

Lush Lanes

 

7. Shot from the Cahill Expressway walkway with a zoom:

Vivid Reflections

Vivid Reflections

 

8. Shot from Blues Point with a large zoom. The blue on the water is from the lights on the Sydney Harbour Bridge:

View from Blues Point

View from Blues Point

 

9. Shot from up on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, beautiful floral design!

Vivid

Vivid

 

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!

Shot from the Overseas Passenger Terminal

Shot from the Overseas Passenger Terminal

 

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:

Vivid Blue

Vivid Blue

 

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:

Vivid Boats

Vivid Boats

 

13. Shot from the Cahill Expressway walkway looking down over the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with a wide angle lens:

Circular Quay

Circular Quay

 

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!

Vivid Reptile

Vivid Reptile

 

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:

Sydney Harbour Bridge in Vivid

Sydney Harbour Bridge in Vivid