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Sydney Vivid Festival
I haven't really been before but this year the family wanted to go, so naturally I hopped on the train with one camera, one lens and my trusty tripod. Gear was limited because I often get into a spot of bother with my family as my photography, sometimes, can take over any outing... well just a bit... occasionally. But I did have a certain dispensation this time as my brother-in-law Pete also had his camera, as did my young niece Lauren. Fun!
It was certainly worth making the effort. The crowds (we went on a Friday) were not too bad but bad enough to make expert photography difficult or impossible - still, along with many, many other tripod hugging photographers (not to mention the thousands of mobile phone cameras), we managed to get some good snaps. You can see some of mine on my Client Gallery.
It is certainly great for Sydney to have this winter attraction and the crowds sure prove it is popular. Sydney is a beautiful city so why not show it off.
We spent several hours trudging around the Quay area and up under the Harbour Bridge. The show at the MCA was jam-packed but brilliant - with the colourful fast moving imagery (very hard to photograph well) but OK using high ISO and a sort of monopod use of my tripod in amongst the crowds. Then onto the bridge which I found somewhat underwhelming from our up-close view point. But of course the highlight was the Opera House. The crowds were quite manageable here and I quickly found a spot immediately below the site of the projectors and this allowed me to capture the beautiful light-beams which added colour and interest to the otherwise now black night skies.
Overall it was quite a tiring evening, with lots of walking, shoving through crowds and carrying gear, with a final long walk back to where Pete had parked his car (thanks for the lift Pete) but we were all very happy and very glad for the experience.
I was lucky enough to get a second visit as another a nephew, Chris Chamberlain, is a keen photographer and wanted to go. Chris is into infra red photography and I have asked him to send me an image or two which I will be happy to add to this blog at a later time. Infra Red Image by Christopher ChamberlainSydney Harbour Bridge (Now Added)
We decided to arrive in the Rocks area for some late afternoon photography and then stay for Vivid. This allowed me to capture some late evening images of the Harbour Bridge and some more shots of the city skyline - but this time while there was still some post-sunset light in the sky. These images are my favorites.
If you managed to make it to Vivid this year, I hope you also had a fun time and if you took some photos, I hope they will be good memories for the future. Please feel free to add "comments" and any tips and tricks you might like to share.
If you didn't get to Vivid This year I hope you enjoy some of my images which might encourage you to make it in 2016.
Photo Tips for Vivid: