Thursday, 24 November 2016

Night ocean and the Moon


Remember a couple of weeks ago there was a 'super moon'? It's taken me a while to blog about it, I've been busy partying :)) Anyway one of my photographic missions in life is to get a decent moon-in-the-landscape shot. Preferably without resorting to stacking several shots. It must be possible, don't you think?
The 14th, when the moon was actually full here was much much too windy and cloudy to see anything. The 15th was a much clearer day and before sunset I headed down the coast to a new favourite beach side spot that has some photogenic sea rocks and a beachside pool. Nice ingredients for a shot. I thought I would be the only person with a tripod and camera there. Not so. Lots of people turned out to just look and many had cameras. Some had tripods. There was almost a party atmosphere. One guy had lens that was impressively big.
See him up on the hill?


He didn't stay there though and when the moon started to rise over the horizon he went down to the shadow of the hill, because the surf club up on the hill has these horrid orange tungsten lights that turn on at dusk.


To amuse myself while waiting I took these water ripple reflections of the rail at the edge of the sea pool. Then I went to the dark bit under the hill too.



I was wondering if the moon would photograph more detailed when closer to the horizon as part of a scene? Actually, no.
Here's my best picture of said 'super' moon and the ocean. I tried a variety of different settings, ISO's, shutter speeds, types of focus. All the things I'd read up on. Manual focus resulted in more detail in the moon but not of the landscape. (Below) That other light is the lights of a coal tanker that was sitting on the horizon.



So, the lesson learnt is that I have to get myself in a position where I have the moon against something else in the distance to have in focus as well, say some buildings or a bridge etc. Nevertheless I had a good time chatting with a few other photographers and being outsmarted once again by the beautiful moon.

Happy reflecting,
Val.






Thursday, 10 November 2016

Sydney Architectural Reflections


Hello fellow bloggers,
Last weekend Sydney Living Museums had its annual Open Day. I bought a ticket that allowed access to over 50 Sydney buildings, then visited them camera in hand. I only got to about seven and I wish the time had not been restricted to between 10am to 4 pm. The top of my list was one of the three new towers that dominate the skyline at Barangaroo (below) and it did not disappoint.





Inside Tower two, level 41.



The whole area used to be shipyards where they had container docks.


My new office haha.
Below is the atrium of Macquarie Bank offices, 1 Martin Place. The exterior is heritage listed but the interior is a purple extravaganza.





Modern (above) linked to old (below)



I went on to more buildings until they sort of started to bend in together. This is a view of a new complex at 333 George Street, still being built (below).



Then to 1 Farrer Place with the most iconic views of all. That's my big a$$ reflection in the opposite building. I am not really bigger than The Opera House.




 Looking down toward the Sydney Botanic Gardens and the Domain on a perfect blue Sydney day.


Reflected construction (above)




Lastly, even though the quay side of Sydney and the city centre has to move with the times (I guess) I hope they never forget human scale and that we will always need to see some sky from street level..

Have a happy weekend,
Val.




Saturday, 29 October 2016

Zombie Attack!



Hi there,
In the previous post I mentioned I was going to the Zombie walk Sydney Zombie Walk 2016. It's a free street event that raises money for The Brain Foundation. Last year I did the full ghoulish make up thing but this year even though I registered I did not dress up, preferring to concentrate on the photography. Here are some favourite shots.





















Have a Good Weekend and for those of you who celebrate it Happy Halloween,
Val.