That time of year where Sydney is illuminated in light, and so too are our social media feeds.
While this is hardly a unique composition of the Opera House, I've tried to create my own version of the scene, combining two exposures. I used a faster shutter speed (1/15 sec) to freeze the moving patterns, and a longer one to smooth out the water and capture the projected light beams.
As a photographer, this scene is one of those moments where everything came together.
Knowing the sun would rise directly behind the Opera House, I ventured out into the city in the wee hours of the morning. Long before actual sunrise, the clouds were already beginning to glow neon pink. I aligned myself with the iconic sails, and set up my telephoto 70-300mm lens to compress the scene. And then I simply waited for the clouds to explode in majestic colour.
Taken on our final night in San Fransisco, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge reflected in the sands of Baker Beach.
The Florentine skyline, from atop the Piazzale Michelangelo. We walked up the hillside on sunset, just as the last rays of the day were illuminating the historic city.
This was taken around 20 minutes before sunrise, from Dawes Point looking out towards the unmistakable Sydney Opera House. I used a neutral density filter to reduce the amount of light entering my camera. This allowed me to achieve an 82 second long exposure, smoothing out the harbour and turning the moving clouds silky smooth.
Long after one of the most vivid sunsets illuminated Sydney Harbour earlier this week, the pink glow in the clouds continued to linger well into the night.
This was taken a good thirty minutes after sunset, with a 60 second exposure used to blur the moving water below and the shifting clouds overhead.