Thursday, 2 June 2016

Vivid Sydney

Are there any prettier reflections than light on water? Every winter for a few weeks the centre and now the Zoo and Botanical Gardens and other venues of Sydney are spectacularly lit up to  showcase the famous landmarks. I did not realise it has been going for eight years now, for us locals it was a case of 'Oh yeah, whatever' when it was just the Opera House lit up but now it's a huge party type festival, an excuse to enjoy the cool crisp nights of winter and of course a good reason to get out the camera and tripod.

Recently I discovered the walkway above Circular Quay station due to one of the photography groups I frequent. Take an unobtrusive looking lift from ground level on the eastern side outside Circular Quay station and go up one floor to the best views of the city from the Cahill Expressway walkway. How did I not know about this before?  These shots were taken from there.

The last one is not super crisp, I was hand holding the camera around the glass barrier at the entrance to the lift before going back down, but it shows the ever changing colours of the 'dripping paint' light show projected onto the Museum of Contemporary Art and the wharves where the ferries come and go.

There are big plans to remodel the quay and the wharfs  to make it all more modern and space age. I shudder. I know the city has to move forward but I love circular Quay and don't want it stripped of all it's character and I dearly hope some sort of walkway remains. See a link to plans for the future  here
Construction is already going on to put a light rail system down George Street to the Quay and remodel the whole precinct and much more.

But back to Vivid, it's on until June 18th and well worth a look, as droves of tourists have found. If you can't get here I hope you enjoy these photos.

Have a good weekend,

Edit:  After I wrote this post we headed off across the ranges to an inland country town for the weekend. Meanwhile two weather systems merged and the entire east coast of Australia has been deluged with rain and king tides and gale force winds. A lot of the Vivid installations in Sydney have been turned off as a safety measure and harbour lights cruises cancelled.  It's all moving south and will clear up eventually. We were lucky with just clouds or showers during the day (good photo opportunities) and heavy falls at night. We're about to drive home very carefully.
So just on the off chance that anyone planned to see Vivid on my recommendation..sorry!


  1. I'm always intrigued by the lights issuing from boats at night, especially as they dance across the surface of the water.

  2. Great photos Val, and I never knew there was a walkway up there either! Next time we are down that way - if I hurry up before they pull in down .....

  3. I love your night shots!

  4. Thanks everyone.
    Revrunner, me too - boats, lights and water are three of my favourite things..
    Patricia, It will be a few years yet, they are building the infrastructure leading up to it first.
    James, Thank you, I am starting to understand how to get a decent night shot!

  5. So lovely night and lights photos.

  6. Excellent shots! Hope your weather has improved.