Thursday, 29 June 2017

Architectural Reflections


I love the shapes and lines of architecture. It doesn't matter if it's old or new, they all have their charm as long as there's good design. These shots are from Sydney's Barangaroo, an upwardly expanding suburb that sprang from a site where shipyards and merchant docks used to be. It's now something of a tourist precinct. People are keen to live, work or just eat by the water. It's a pleasant area to walk, eat, look around and take photos!










Have a good weekend,
Val.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sydney in the Rain



Two weeks ago I was in the city on a rainy day. Rain spells never last here long as our rain tends to dump'n'go. It's not the genteel drizzle that lasts for hours that I experienced in England but it's always welcome. Of course it makes for good reflections and a different take on a well photographed area of my city as the day faded into evening.









Have a good weekend,
Val.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Colours of Vivid



After my previous post about the Sydney Vivid Festival, I went back on the last evening with the
Canon and the tripod, mainly to shoot some of the smaller installations. Here are some favourites.









What is it about pretty coloured lights that makes us go ooh! ahhh! I don't know but the atmosphere was great.

I just have to say, in the wake of the terrible things that have happened in London and Paris and Brussels recently that streets near the waterfront were blocked off completely to traffic. Police presence was considerable and increases each year. It shouldn't be that way but that's the world we live in. My heart goes out, especially to all Londoners who've had such a bad run. 

My usual reflection-themed post will go up later in the week.
Val.



Friday, 16 June 2017

Harbour Lights and Vivid



Hi everyone,
It's winter in Sydney and a few years ago someone had the bright idea of lighting up Sydney on cool winter nights to draw people into the city. Well, it worked and it has turned into a carnival atmosphere with markets, food stalls, people busking, special exhibitions at the Zoo..the list goes on..  vivid Festival Sydney 2017.
I was in the city to see some photography exhibits but then night fell. Ah, who needs an excuse? Here's my little tour.



Darling Harbour at dusk.




Night markets and a bite to eat in Chinatown.


A brief walk back towards Circular Quay, past Sydney Town Hall. Those steps seem to be a place to sit for a little rest for many a tourist bottom!


I was intrigued by this lady in an alleyway.

Down at the Quay, behind Customs House I knew there was an art installation a alley and sure enough the sight seers were equalled by photographers with various grades of equipment. I did the best I could with my little hand held. The projection was made onto a gauze like tarpaulin hung between the buildings and it was stunning.


Then at the Quay side I had the not-so-bright idea of going into one of the ferry wharves to get a shot of the Museum of Contemporary Art building lit up. Moving pier makes for not so steady photographs  ;)


At Circular Quay railway station I took the shot below leaning against a perspex barrier. I was not risking my life in mid air but it looks like it!



Vivid finishes tonight.

Have a good weekend,
Val.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Flinders Street Station



Hi all,
Here are some more reflections from my recent trip to Melbourne, two of Flinders Street station, a rail/bus interchange where we caught the express bus to the airport for the flight home.  the last photo is of one of the fabulous little laneways that branch off Flinders street, where we enjoyed cake and coffee and of course people watching.









Happy memories!
Have a good weekend,
Val.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Melbourne Reflections



Last weekend my DD and I went to Melbourne for a weekend of culture, sightseeing and shopping. Neither of us had explored Melbourne before and it did not disappoint. Sydney and Melbourne have an age old rivalry for the best capital city in Australia. Sydney is stunning and showy and sunny and brash. Melbourne has a quieter more genteel beauty but is beautiful nonetheless. The climate is cooler, the ambience more cultured, the people - dare I say it - better dressed. The National Gallery of Victoria is stunning with a complex on each side of the river.  There are other art galleries galore. I was in art exhibition heaven. The main reason I went to Melbourne was to see the Van Gogh 'seasons' exhibition and it was fabulous. But we also had some great meals, rode the free city tram, explored alleys and decided we liked Melbourne, especially for shopping! My daughter eclipsed me in that department. Good times. I did not manage to photograph the city at night, due to rain and tiredness, but I did get the big camera out for some early morning shots on the last day walking along the trendy Docklands down to the Webb Bridge. I enjoyed it immensely. Here are some reflections.












The Webb Bridge (last two shots) is apparently stunning at night and lit to showcase the structure as a work of art as well as a footbridge. I'll definitely be there at dusk next time I'm in Melbourne. Because there will be a next time..

Have a good weekend!
Val.


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