Sydney; From Dawn till Dusk

Although it is a freezing cold 15 degrees as I write this; Sydney has warmed up to me and I to Sydney. Saturday and Sunday were very warm and summery, just as I like it and just as I apparently need it as I am a cold blooded reptile desperately in need of the sun. I still very much miss “my country” the outback, but after the culture and climate shock has settled down a bit then a little sun and fun goes a long way.

Still have to get back to “my country” soon. Feels like part of me is missing. Strange feeling. Like finding my home and knowing things will never be the same again. I keep looking at those Hawk Dreaming shots and dreaming.

Waking up the world

I spent Saturday with a friend and fellow photographer who lives in the Sydney suburb Manly and was shown this beautiful place she is fortunate to call home. We began the day at 5am on Manly Beach for a lovely sunrise; this shot is the beach at dawn:

Manly Beach at Dawn. Flemming Bo Jensen Photography

No clouds this morning so just a normal beautiful Manly sunrise and a quite ordinary shot by me; but some good colours and the photo is a nice memory of a brilliant day. It is far from every day I get to stand on a beach and witness the sun rise out of the ocean; it is always a humbling and thrilling experience.

New angles on New Albion

In my quest to get a few cityscapes of Sydney (originally called New Albion) from new angles I also finally got a dusk shot of the city, shot from the Harbour bridge. I’ve had that shot in my head for a while and finally got around to shooting it. Took a bit of effort as the next story will tell, but the results I reckon are worth it. The duotone version is very nice but decided to post colour version for this post:

Sydney at dusk. Flemming Bo Jensen Photography

I like this new angle on Sydney as it has a very nice 3D effect to it and will look impressive printed big.

If it was easy everyone would do it

Sydney Harbour Bridge shootIt was a nice very warm Sunday but late afternoon the wind changed, it cooled down and it started blowing a gale. Very strong winds. But clouds looked interesting. I wanted a dusk shot of Sydney shot from the bridge and decided this was the day – the shot you see above is the end result. I vaguely remembered that it should be possible to manoeuvre a tripod into place shooting through the fence on the Harbour bridge. It was. Just. On the right you can see the result of 10 minutes of cursing the fence and finally getting the tripod legs stuck in the wire just right so I could have my 17-40mm lens peaking through. May look a bit flimsy but was very steady.

harbour bridge shot uncroppedThe camera is actually way over my head. Standing on my toes and jumping (kept me warm!) I could see through the viewfinder and kept shooting and adjusting till I had my composition. But wait. They fired back with a massive light cannon underneath the bridge shooting straight at me! Lots of light bleeding into my shot. So I use the lens cap (no room for lens hood) and hold it in place to shield the light – see uncropped shot on the right. Jumping to peak through the viewfinder, holding the lens cap into place, shooting using cable release and almost getting blown off the bridge in very windy conditions – sometimes ya gotta put in a bit of effort! I don’t mind battling Mother Nature’s crocs, mossies, rocks, snakes etc. but why oh why can’t the design of the Harbour bridge include a little shooting hole in the fence for photographers!

14 responses to “Sydney; From Dawn till Dusk

  1. Nice shot mate , Like the new angle on the Sydney opera house . Dont think iv seen it shot from that angle before

  2. Thanks Kirk! I haven’t seen Sydney shot from dusk from that angle either although surely someone else has a shot from there as well. It works nicely from that angle, good depth I reckon.

  3. Fleming,
    Awesome shot mate….. a new angle on an old favourite.
    Rod

  4. fantastic work Flem ! Well worth the effort IMO. Nice light in the Manly shot too…I think cloudless mornings like these can be quite fruitful..I’d much rather one than an overcast sky with a stratocumulus deck !

  5. You were very brave to do what you did with the tripod. I wouldn’t dare… 🙂

  6. Great shots Flemming,I am looking forward to seeing all the work you did while here,if you have a few more days in Sydney,get in your car and get down to Wattamolla about a half hours drive south of Sydney,beginning of the national park.I think the landscape and sandstone structures and the ocean, would be up your alley,very majestic.There are some awesome shots to be had there….

  7. Tone, Thanks very much! Really glad you like my Sydney effort! I do love the dawn colours in the Manly shot as well.

    Charlene, thanks but it was actually very secure and steady, so intertwined in the grid I had problems removing it!

    Birte, thank you! Don’t think I’ll get to Wattamolla this time around but good to have something for next trip as well (as if my list wasn’t long enough already hehe)

  8. Love the new angle of the opera house shot!
    Great colours and just generally a great image!

  9. Thanks very much mate ! Yeah it turned out alright didn’t it.

  10. Amazing photographs of a place I called home for 12 years. I left Sydney 9 years ago and your photographs really took me home. Fantastic blog, i’ll visit again 🙂

  11. Thanks very much Christina, really happy you like my representation of Sydney and my blog!

  12. awesome new angle of Sydney Flem!
    always thinking outside the box with angles and techniques. great work.

  13. Thanks very much Stephen!! I don’t like boxes anyway 🙂

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