Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia

A multiple photos with some masking to create this photo, I'll love to do just one long exposure where you can get the streaking clouds, but I don't have a big ND filter with me right now. I just bought a variable ND filter so I can control what light goes into the lens. But for now I have to play a bit in Photoshop.

This was shot a while back and I"m looking back from my photos with Lightroom to see what photos need developing and ready to share. I had a few version on this photo. But I reckon I like this the best. The other version was HDR merged together with Lightroom and I don't like the effect. Did you know that you can do HDR in Lightroom CC ? A 32 bit HDR gives a more realistic look, but it's not quite there yet. Maybe in future update version on Lightroom it could be better. Fingers cross for that to come!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Nobbys Lighthouse Newcastle Australia

Nobbys Lighthouse in Newcastle is an active lighthouse right next the sea. Newcastle also have an active port and the lighthouse serve great purpose. When I was there taking this photo, there were many cargo ships coming to port. The headland is very narrow and the ship must by guide in by the locals in high tide. It makes an interesting observation of the harbour, not as great as Sydney's Harbour then again not many harbours can beat Sydney.

I am thinking of faking the light beam from the lighthouse with Photoshop. If a lighthouse without a light beam then it just a house. A lesson I have learnt from a legend nature and wildlife photographer Moose Peterson. I probably re-post the photo when I fake the light house. Maybe do a before and after as well. That could be interesting.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Custom House Hotel, Newcastle Australia

There so much to photograph in a  sleepy city of Newcastle just two hours drive from Sydney. There was a big church in Newcastle that I saw while driving around town that I want to have in my collection. Probably another trip to the Newcastle is on the menu.

With the Custom House Hotel above I shot it with a telephoto lens then stitched the photos together in Lightroom. Making a huge panorama with Lightroom is so easy. What drawn me to this angle was the trees making a frame for the photo.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Cool Running Newcastle Harbour, NSW Australia

Early runners in Newcastle while I was shooting the sunrise. The sunrise was disappointing but with the runners making up the photos so the early trip to Newcastle wasn't that bad. They were wearing high visibility clothing so it really stands out. I though to myself this was more interesting than the sunrise but luckily for me I have two cameras with me. One was on the tripod shooting the sunrise the other was in my hand taking what ever I in front of me.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Arcade Couple, Sydney Australia

Another day on Sydney's street shooting. With street photography usually I find a background and let the actor or actress enter the scenes. This particular couple was a very interesting subject don't you think?

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Hong Kong Miniatures

An amazing display of Hong Kong miniatures at Westfield Sydney. There were common scenes in Hong Kong show in great details from the artists. I think this was the last weekend of the display. So if you have missed it then unfortunately you have to visit Hong Kong in person to see it. Hong Kong is one of my bucket list to visit.  

Saturday, 19 September 2015

NUX Walk 2015 Randwick Environmental Park, Sydney Australia

An exhibition of sculptures from The University of NSW students. Some were spectaculars others were just silly. Then again art it is very subjective. I really like the living sculpture with the living mermaid in front of the makeup mirror on the water combing her hair. The crowd didn't get to see the face but it was a living art. I tried my best to capture it but I doubt I have any luck with any good shots of her. I really wanted to yell out "Do you need a jacket Mermaid? It was  cold night and the mermaid was wearing summer clothing. You got to look after your living art don't you?

This was my first time visiting Randwick Environmental Park, it is not well known in Sydney since we have many parks that were more spectacular. But I was surprised that a park exist at all in Randwick where greedy developers are eyeing on any spare land in Sydney to make their next fortune. And some already did with many new housing around the park already sprung up. I am glad the council are promoting the park and hopefully protect it from future developments. 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Sydney Harbour Bridge Barangaroo's View

I wanted this photo when I first read about the Barangaroo Reserve opens to the public. A new look on the Harbour Bridge that hasn't been open to public ever since the Barangaroo was closed due to construction. I have taken many photos of the Harbour Bridge of the known vantage points that I'm aware of and now this to add to my collection of Sydney 360 degree.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Chocolate Festival 2015, The Rocks Sydney Australia

Anyone for a chocolate? Somehow there were more females than males at this particular festival. I don't know why? Chocolate is the food for the gods or in this event goddess. No I didn't fancy waiting in line to get my hold of the precious brown chocolate. I preferred to be served and I know a place in The Rocks that serve it pretty well. If I want to indulge myself now and then I head over to that place, still in the Rocks. The name escaped me right now but it serves great Belgium chocolate.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Diagonal Kites, Bondi Beach Festival of the Winds 2015

My favourite photo of day shooting kites and the people attending the event. I have to show some details shot of the kite, which happen to be the main subject of the day. Even though I'm interested in the people more at the event.

There other photos that I have edited but somehow I always came back to this photo as my favourite. Maybe just the composition of the photo and the simplicity of it which attracts me. Less is more some might say, but the diagonal line which I purposely composed on the field make an interesting viewing...for me at least. 

I also finished editing all the photos I took of the day, you can check out the photo album below. Some shots are digitally manipulated to created the effect that I wanted. Photography is an art form after all. I'm not a "PJ" photojournalist so anything goes really, even changed the sky colour. It's all fair play. 

Festival of the Winds 2015

Monday, 14 September 2015

Festival of the Winds, Bondi Beach Australia

It was an effort to get to Bondi Beach using public transport but the Festival of the Winds was an amazing event. I never seen Bondi Beach so beautiful in the Spring sun, great for beach weather but not great for photography unfortunately. I prefer golden hour or blue hour, but you cannot get it all the time and I have to make the most of the light.

I'm in the process of editing some of the photos I took on the day. On one of my camera, I have sensor spot probably sand so every photos has a ugly spot on it. I have to do some clean up in Photoshop to make it more presentable. Yeah after I've seen the sensor spot, I immediately clean my sensor.

The photo above was shot on the Bondi Beach Pavilion with the best view of Bondi Beach from there I reckon. Maybe the hotels have better view, but not everyone have access to hotel room overlooking Australia famous beach. So I still reckon the Pavilion still has the prize on that front.

I suggested this event to Sydney Street Photographer Meetup Group and the organizers run with the idea. Unfortunately as for the distance not many people show up as public transport is an issue. Too bad they miss out. I post more photos up online soon.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Taiwan Festival 2015, Darling Harbour Sydney Australia

I have fond memories of Taiwan as I have been there a few times. I was not a photographer then and would love to go back to explore Taiwan with a photographer eyes. But the second best thing about living in Australia is the multicultural society we lived in. Taiwan is a distant away but a taste of Taiwan can be experienced right here in Darling Harbour or any Taiwan restaurants in Sydney.

I would love to capture Taipei 101, the once tallest building in the world when I was there. You can see downtown Taipei from 360 angles, it was so peaceful up in the viewing deck, but the city is a living dragon that never sleeps. Bucket list to do as a photographer to go back to the places that I have missed the shots.

The Chinese Qin emperor "Can Long" once described Taiwan as a beautiful island and it was so true. There so much natural beauties in the island of Taiwan that if you escape the cities and go to the country site you could relive the words of Can Long Emperor. Taiwan, a beautiful island. I end the short video of the festival with "I love Taiwan", check it out below.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Willougby Festival 2015, Sydney Australia

The north-shore biggest event opening was with a big street parade. With many different cultures represented in the parade. The colour was great for photography. Like any parade, I like to go early and capture the preparation before the start of the parade. You get to access to the participants while they wait at the start of the line. 

But the light are usually harsh so with this parade I was heading for shade and tried to avoid mixed lighting. But with this shot I have to go wide to capture everything. I was shooting in Aperture Priority but I was conscious of my ISO as I was in shade. I bump the ISO up to 400 and shoot it away. 

If you want to freeze action like this one, the minimum shutter speed is 1/1000 of a second. That's the rule in photography that you want to take note, and the faster or higher shutter speed if you want a dramatic shot like mud flying if you happen to shoot motor sports rally racing. 

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Where is my Bridge? Sydney Harbour Under Freakish Clouds

I never seen the Sydney Harbour Bridge disappear into the clouds. I though I was in San Francisco for a moment when I was there watching the moving clouds blanket the famous coat hanger. I have seen photo of fog under bridge but never a bridge itself totally cover by clouds.

I took time lapse photos as well but you have to wait to see that. I'm collecting the timelapse photos from around Sydney to create an epic feature film based on timelapse and hyper lapse only. I've just added another 20 seconds to my collection. How long it going to take me?  I don't know, it is on-going personal project that I'm committed to do. Maybe I'll publish my work on day, but enjoy the process of capturing and editing time lapse sequence, but it's an effort for each clip.

Where was this taken? It's on top of Sydney Circular Quay Station. There is a walkway up there and it's called Cahill Walk. One of the most spetacular view of the Harbour from there and no tourists know about it. Don't tell anyone okay, just keep it between us. :)

I usually take selfie of but this particular day I though I do something different and share a story that I was there. Check out the photo below and you might guess the effort I've gone through to bring you some of the photos on this blog. And by the way that was 20-30 minutes before the freakish clouds blanket the bridge.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Barangaroo Opening Night Performances

There was many cultural performances on the opening night of Barangaroo Reserve. I have a few shots that were worthy of sharing. This one here in particular I really like becouase of the lighted sandstone background.  It sort of a dream like stage or dream land. Which the Koori people are very familiar with I hope.

I have a friend who happens to be half Koori and half Caucasian suggested that the word "Aboriginal" was very provocative. That was the opposite of original? It was the first white man settlement that came up with that word and it so political incorrect that we should abolish the word from our dictionary.I've never though about it until I have closed contact with a Koori, and he was so right.

Why did I only have  a few good shots? There was 10,000 thousand photographers were there, everyone was pointing there smart phones at something. Everyone are into photography but how good is the photographs are questionable. Come on smart phones photographers out there, please do us photographer a favour and when it is indoor please use a proper camera that can take better photo in low light. 

Every photo is a part of your memory, make sure it is a good one. I was that guy that was using a smart phone to take photos but I know my memory can better capture with a better equipment and learn how to use it properly. Come and join us, the world of photography is fun.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Barangaroo Reserve Fireworks, Sydney Australia

A new and exciting view of Sydney Harbour had been open to the public with the official opening last weekend. There was a big fireworks display and there was less crowd than normal. It simply a great day/night out for the whole family. It happens to be Father's Day as well. Happy Father's Day to all the daddies out there. I've seen some of my friends post up on Facebook the proud photos of being a daddy. 

Check out my videos below for the fireworks display if you happened to missed it. It is not as great as the photo above. But we're dealing with different species photography and video. Video is catching up with the high quality of photo though. I'm doing both so it's exciting time to be pointing your camera at things.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Sydney St Mary's Cathedral Reflection

The fountain in Hyde Park usually runs all time of the day and this particular morning it didn't run and I got a great reflection from the calm water from the Sydney St Mary's Cathedral. Only calm water is where you could get great reflection.

If you want to photograph similar photos then I suggest you wake up early for the sunrise before they start to turn on the fountain. There's also another water feature on the west side of St Mary's Cathedral as well. I haven't taken any photo of during sunrise yet but you could try your luck there.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Rim Hat Lady, The Rocks Market Sydney Australia

I was being a tourist in my own backyard with every weekend I am planning to go somewhere different. One to capture photos and just simply experience new things. I happened enjoy a nice Saturday day at The Rocks, Sydney's old quarter. I haven't had a chance to go on a tour where the fascinating history of the place are share with the tourists. That's for next time. 

For this photo above, I was walking along the market and saw the store owner  wearing a really wide rim hat that reflects off the glass window. I though that moment makes great photography. If you look closely you might see me in the photo as well. the guy wearing jean. 

Thursday, 3 September 2015

"Red Tears" Tulip, Sydney Royal Botanical Garden

A friend from Ello who's follow my post regular ask me how to take better photo of flower. And here was my suggestions below. I though I do a post on my blog so other people could benefit. It's just what I have learnt from other photographers and out in the field shooting flowers.
With flower shots or any macro shot, the background is the most important. Check your background when you take a flower shot next time and your flower photo will improve. Overcast day is good or very cloudy day is good as well.
Spray some water on the flower makes wonderful photos as well. But I rather go on a rainy day or just after the rain where you get the natural droplets otherwise you can bring a water sprayer and spray some water onto the flower. Hope that help with your flower.
If you're going to buy a macro lens, try to buy the 100mm or higher. It is easier to control the background that way, A 50mm macro is short and you have to be very close to your subject. Or use a super telephoto lens 400-600mm as long as you can focus close to your subject you could do some amazing shots with it. Or buy a Iphone, it can focus really close as well.
This was additional that I though might be useful for my blog. But more importantly, try to enjoy the flower as it in full bloom. Don't shoot like crazy, slow down enjoy the moment, get close and have a deep breath in the essence of the flower. It isn't it lovely the aroma? If you have allergy to flowers then try to rebuild you body so you can enjoy Spring. That's for another subject altogether but we're naturally should enjoy flowers as if it was the good old days in the "Garden of Eden".  

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Woven Orange, Sydney Australia

Looking up the building in any city and you going to find some interesting image with the reflection of the building. This was one of them, the orange building seems to be woven in the other building rectangular shape. I did tilt the camera to get a dramatic angle.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

It's Spring, My Favourite Season

Finally I have made it through to Spring, it was  a very productive Winter for me with many memorable photos that I can only get in Winter. The one in the Blue Mountains Three Sisters certainly make my freezing trip to the mountains worth it. But now it's for the joy of Spring where thing come back to live.

Any Spring without the cherry blossom flowering to mark the end of Winter is not Spring for me. I know why the Japanese love the cherry blossom trees. It certainly one of my favourite tree. It marks a character of anyone, endure some Winter hardship and Spring is awaited. I'll post up more flower photos up in the next week for two. There's certainly good reason for me to do so.

This year I'll probably go to Canberra for the tulip festival. But the one here in Sydney Royal Botanical Garden is not bad at all. You don't get thousands of tulip on display but you just need a good photo to tell the story. The Spring Walk in the Royal is one that I highly recommend any Sydney resident to enjoy. It's free, you just need to be there to enjoy it.