Thursday, 29 October 2015

Sculpture by the Sea 2015 "3 Musketeers"

Sculpture by the Sea "3 Musketeers" by Travis Chau on 500px.com
I called this one the "3 Musketeers" by the sea. There was a couple using an Iphone to took portrait photos of them at this very same location at night in complete darkness. I gave them some lighting so they could get a better photo. But please do as photographer a favour just ask and we willing to take good photos for you. Throw away those smart cameras phone at night, it is alright in daylight but when it comes to night photography just use the phone as a phone not as a camera please. Give the art of photography some credit please. The phone in your hand can take photos but how good is the photos are debable especially in low light situation.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Sculpture by the Sea Bending Man

Sculpture by the Sea Bending Man by Travis Chau on 500px.com
Another shot from Bondi Sculpture by the Sea. I called this "Bending Man" but I know the artist have a different name and more elegant than my one for sure.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Sculpture by the Sea Beach View

Sculpture by the Sea Beach View by Travis Chau on 500px.com
One of my last shot during the my photowalk of the Bondi Sculpture by the Sea. I have to show the context of where the photo was taken and the view looking back at Bondi Beach at night was magical. If you haven't tried walking along the coast and enjoy the sculptures at night then I recommend it. If you're into night photography as well it is a given that you should be there at night. Less the crowd of-course.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Bondi Sculpture by the Sea 2015

Bondi Sculpture by the Sea 2015 by Travis Chau on 500px.com
I haven't captured the sculpture by the sea at night and I though to myself why not this year. There was no crowd at all when it's at night and you have the sculptures to yourself. No need to rush things or have people in you shots. 

The photo above is a long exposure and I did some light painting on the sculpture. I didn't have the full set of light painting equipment with me at the time so I couldn't be more creative with the paint. Basically I just have one colour to paint with. Not very exciting to paint with just one colour is it? But I was shooting in the blue hour so the sky was blue plus the moon was out so I have plenty of light to work with. 

I have to come back for sunrise to finish this year  Bondi Sculpture by the Sea. Should I do time-lapse photography this year? Maybe. I'll see how I feel. Time lapse takes effort to do as I don't have an in camera time lapse function. Check out the time-lapse I did last year below.


Time lapse Bondi Sculpture by the Sea 2014 from Travis Chau on Vimeo.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Opera House Open Day 2015

Sydney Opera House Open Day 2015 by Travis Chau on 500px.com
I never seen such a long queue for anything like the entry to the Opera House. There was probably a 300 meters line, but I think with the free entry to see Sydney most iconic house the wait is worth it. I never knew the Opera House has two theaters, now I know. I need to come back when for a smaller tour where I get to shoot more and not rush like today.

This was my first tour of inside the Opera House, it was an exciting to see the inside of the Opera House. Of-course I have taken numerous photos of the exterior of the Opera House but never inside until now. One of the reason was I didn't have a fish-eye lens. I really enjoy wide angle lens especially fish-eye, it gives you what the normal eyes cannot see. Something from the ordinary that people don't see everyday. Hence I love the fish-eye.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Darling Harbour, Sydney Australia 2015

Darling Harbour, Sydney Australia 2015 by Travis Chau on 500px.com

Another view from Darling Harbour, Sydney Australia. Enjoy! This is a HDR photo just in case someone interest to know. And I also do slight editing in Photoshop to finish off the photo.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Darling Harbour Floating Restaurant, Sydney Australia

Darling Harbour Floating Restaurant by Travis Chau on 500px.com
A fine dining experience overlooking the CBD at this floating restaurant in Darling Harbour, Sydney Australia. I haven't had that experience of dinner there yet and will not be any time soon as I am into living foods. So any cook is unfortunately not for me at the moment. But you should go there for a view of the city and Darling Harbour. 

I once had an dinner on a floating restaurant in Can Tho, Vietnam. The view was great but the foods could a be improved. I wasn't into photography then and the photos I took with the phone was disappointing to say the least. One of the many reasons everyone should get better at photography as each photo has a story to tell. You don't want it be blurry don't you?

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Darling Harbour, Sydney Australia

Darling Harbour Sydney Australia by Travis Chau on 500px.com
A view of Sydney's CBD from Darling Harbour. I haven't had this shot in the bag until now even though I go to Darling Harbour very often. Oh well, better late than never.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Sydney's CBD Blue Hour 2015

Sydney
A fish eye photo again. I'm enjoying this new perspective. A walk in familiar streets with new eye or in this case new lens makes the walk more enjoyable than usual. Blue hour in Sydney is probably my favourite time of the day to shoot. I get more keepers from the blue hour than any time of the day. Shouldn't you have a personal project to shoot the blue hour every week for the next month? See how many keepers do you have after the challenge.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Sydney Central Station 2015

Sydney Central Station by Travis Chau on 500px.com
Sydney Central Station is the biggest in NSW and I dare say one of the biggest in Australia. There's a saying with the locals that all station to Central. It doesn't matter where you want to go, if you could catch on on the train in Central then it will take you to anywhere in Sydney and Australia.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Kin Kin Sculpture, Sydney Australia 2015

Kin Kin Scupture, Sydney Australia by Travis Chau on 500px.com
An amazing sculpture making out of bamboo right in the heart of Sydney. Custom House has many events each year and this one is one of those outstanding display on show. You can walk through the sculpture and if you look up, you could simply feel how the massive it is. The artist was trying to recreate the feeling of looking in the rain-forest in Queensland where this inspiration came from. Can't wait for Scupture by the Sea which on in about a week time. Over 100 sculptures will be on display next to the sea. But you have to be there at the right light, sunrise is best.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Manly Jazz Festival 2015

Manly Jazz Festival 2015, Sydney Australlia by Travis Chau on 500px.com
A meet up with Sydney Street Photographers as it happened on the same day as Scott Kelby's Annual Photowalk. I did both on the same day as this is my group of photographers that I have been shooting with. I dare say this group are more progressive in their thinking. I've seen more mirror-less shooters than the one with Scott Kelby at the Opera House. I guess the mirrorless cameras are better for street photography as it is more discreet. But I have done all sort of photography with a mirrorless camera. Less weight and I can carry a bunch of lens with me without carry a huge backpack. That's the advantage of mirror-less in my opinion.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Art Gallery of NSW, Fish-eye Effect

I driven passed so many times the Art Gallery of NSW and I didn't bother to capture any photos until now. I just purchased a fish-eye lens from now on any building I can capture it doesn't how wide it is. A fish eye lens give you an effective 180 degree of view. Any interior or architecture building now I can capture everything. No more excuses that I haven't got a wide angle.

There's only one wide angle lens that is missing in my camera bag. That's the 7-14mm Olympus or Panasonic. But I am thinking of the Voigtlander 10.5mm f 0.95 lens as I want to get into astrophotography and the extra stops of light really help in those situation. Usually a higher sensitivity ISO is required to do astrophotography but with the M43 system there is a limit to the camera sensor so I have to stick to fast glass to compensate for the exposure triangle. Shot it 1600 ISO and let the aperture open wide at 0.95 that should do the trick and just simply play with shutter speed from that point on. Oh well time to save up for my next lens and a new camera body.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Sydney's CBD Light Trails

I took similar photo a few years back with a Canon 7D but with a black sky as I was having dinner with friends and missed the blue hour. When I switched to a M43 system, I didn't have the wide angle lens to do this shot and recently I have acquired a wide angle so I came back to capture this scene. Should try to put on a 10 stop ND filter during the day and the result will surprise you. It certain did for me as I have tried it. I'll keep it myself what was the result so I let you experiment. I cannot spoil the joy of discovering something interesting about photography.

This was taken on the bridge above the Cahill express way. Just opposite The Art Gallery of NSW, and there's more photos if you look close enough with a different angle. Still you can get a light trail effect.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Scott Kelby's 8th Annual Photowalk Sydney Australia 2015

Another great social event for photographer. I was experiment with Infrared Photography during the walk. The result was somewhat mixed. I like the effect but with the white balance is some what off and I need to learn to overcome it.

Check out all the photos I took of the day, I think I just enter one photo for the contest after the shoot. Probably the one in above with this blog post. Just for the fun of it. The true purpose of the photowalk was to socialized and connect with other photographers. I meet some old friends from previous walks and ofcourse Scott Kelby himself. I have learnt some photography and post processing techniques from Scott so I was very keen to meet the man in person. He was such a humble guy and fun to be around. 

Scott Kelby's WWPW 2015