Work brought me to Sydney recently. A rather short and schedule packed visit but did find some time on one of the evenings for a visit to The Rocks/Circular Quay/Sydney Opera House area and catch a ferry ride out to Manly and back, for a view of Sydney Harbour from the ‘waters’ perspective.
The 25mins (one way) ferry ride was fun, spent the whole journey on the upper deck taking in the spectacular sights and enjoying the refreshing chilly sea breeze. Manly is nice, had a walk around, I liked the relaxed atmosphere and feel of the place. A bite to eat and some Aussie beer, and then it was back to the wharf for the return trip. Upper deck again for the sights, all good except for one big splash along the journey which got me all wet waist up, luckily I had my camera pointed down at the time; otherwise, these photos would not have been made. The blustery sea breeze dried me up in no time.
The view of Sydney Harbour was truly spectacular that night, with the overhanging clouds adding some drama and depth to the scene. I am really glad the above shot of the Sydney Opera House turned out all right, such a famous and global iconic structure I am seeing for the very first time in person, what a beauty!
All photos shot handheld (long exposure with a tripod not an option, too much movement on the ferry) at ISO 1250, lens wide open for sufficient shutter speed to minimise camera shake (the blustery breeze made it difficult to keep the camera still too). At ISO 1250, there is noticeable ‘noise’ grain, as you will see in the photos, as I have kept noise filtering to a minimum to retain detail and sharpness.
Chinese New Year is just round the corner, to all Chinese and Chinese New Year celebrants …
WISHING YOU A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS LUNAR NEW YEAR
THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY
* * * XIN NIAN KWAI LE * * *
* * * GONG XI FA CAI * * *
All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 23mm