Sydneyside

Lightning Glow.
Lightning Glow.

I was in Sydney for work last week and one night, it was almost 7 before I got back from work, so did some googling and found a great spot to see the city, the bridge and even the Opera House. The light was fading and a storm was rolling in, so it was quite dark. My photos are taken with ISO640 so there’s a little grain, and also I’ve used a slow shutter speed and I was handheld, so not super-sharp. Regardless, I really enjoyed spending almost 90 minutes at this location, experiencing the storm. A couple of photos were taken during lightning strikes that happened behind me and lit the sky with a violet light – amazing to see. My feature image above is one of those lightning glow shots and it was one of the last photos taken, so quite dark. Also, the last image in my gallery is from a lightning glow towards the end of the night.

 

Here are a couple ofย black and white shots, ’cause you know I love them:

Finally, on Friday night, I had a very late flight, so I headed to another location on the opposite side of the harbour and got a few shots before it started pouring rain:

I hope you enjoy these little galleries. I took some 250 photos over the course of these two shoots (including a number of bursts to get the lightning shots) and ended up processing 50. I am adding these to Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic, come and visit!

x desleyjane

 

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51 Comments Add yours

  1. Spectacular phots of beautiful Sydney Harbour.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Max! I visited a different spot, with just my iPhone, tonight before I came to the airport, it is a spectacular harbour! Thank you.

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      1. I love looking at it as I start my day.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Oh! You’re a local?! How cool!

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  2. kazg10 says:

    Definitely worth it Desley I love them… especially the one with the long jetty… any chance of knowing the location…it looks perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Kaz! It was superb location. It’s the Larkin Street Lookout in Waverton. I don’t know why it wasn’t swamped with people, it was a fantastic spot. And when the clouds rolled in and the Lightning started?? Spectacular! I was giggling….

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      1. kazg10 says:

        I think you’ve found the perfect location (thanks for sharing) and I wouldn’t mind going down to that jetty either… Ill check it out next visit to Sydney. well done Desley I really liked your lightning shots as well and so far I haven’t had those on my dance card yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Thanks Kaz! I think I will pack my tripod next time! It’s a work trip, so I didn’t think to bring it, it was a spur of the moment serendipitous kinda decision to even go to that spot. Thank you Internet!!

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  3. Sydney is on my sailing route and I am now more excited than ever to sail there! Such great photos! Yay!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thanks Lisa. It is a beautiful spot! You will love it.

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  4. Norah says:

    These photos are awesome, Desley. I especially like the one you have chosen as the main shot. As soon as I saw it I thought the lighting was amazing, and then to read that the lighting was actually lightning was even more Wow! You really captured the beauty of the storm and the city.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Norah, that’s lovey of you to say. I have a post somewhere of our very own Story Bridge as well. Apparently I have a thing for bridges!

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      1. Norah says:

        I’ll have to check it out next time I’m over your way! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Loretta says:

    I like how you’ve created the shots from different vantage points and different lighting. Love the Harbour Bridge. Those are pretty nifty scenery shots.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Why thank you Loretta. It was the best fun. I absolutely love being out and about with my camera!! X

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  6. The purple hue of the top photo is spectacular. It would make a gorgeous framed print.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Jill, that’s a lovely thing to say.

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      1. You’re welcome, dj!

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  7. The main photo is outstanding. You have created a beautiful gallery with your choices and talent.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been wanting to find a spot for Sydney Harbour photos for ages, I will definitely go back there!

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  8. Andy Townend says:

    Wonderful shots of one of my favourite places….the lightning shots are very very good!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh Thanks Andy. I admit my left eye was pretty sore from being permanently closed behind the viewfinder while waiting for the strikes lol.

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      1. Andy Townend says:

        It’s a very difficult subject and guy did really well!

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        1. Andy Townend says:

          You not “guy” x

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          1. desleyjane says:

            Heheh, I was with you ๐Ÿ˜€ X

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  9. DJ, these are spectacular photos. It was a great discovery and you made a breathtaking gallery.
    Stormy weather ends up giving opportunities for dramatically beautiful shots and you didn’t miss a bit, framing the storm like a master. You’re definitely a pro.
    Proud of you my friend.
    This purple color is wow.
    You can start selling photos online!
    Xxx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh wow, thank you. Mother Nature is an amazing creature. I love storms, I didn’t know there was one coming, was quite surprised when the thunder started but just stayed there and (literally) soaked it up. LOL.
      Thanks again xxx.

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      1. Ops, that’s really adventurous! And also a bit dangerous to be exposed to lighting. You’re a dare devil! But hey, you’re a scientist and know what you’re doing!
        Xxx

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Heheheh. Should have taken my lab coat for protection!! Xxx

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          1. You didn’t? Lol xxx

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  10. Norm 2.0 says:

    Great shots. Sydney is definitely on my bucket list.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Norm! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Oh my goodness you got a storm! Those are spectacular x

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thank you hun x.

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  12. Fabulous pics! Sydney harbor is spectacular and the lightning you captured shows Mother Nature’s power!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Lia. It was so cool to be there in the storm!

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  13. andy says:

    The evening shot of the lighted up city – spectacular !!
    Lightening – super spectacular !!
    Beautiful shots, all of them !!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Andy ๐Ÿ˜€
      It was such a good spot, I was so lucky to have found it.

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      1. andy says:

        Looking at those pics, i am feeling borderline envy ๐Ÿ˜›

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Aw no! But thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  14. what a lovely city its is!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      It certainly has some magical spots!

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      1. I have been there on that Magical spots around Sydney in 2013! I love Australia!

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Aw that’s great!

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          1. I had many memories caught in Camera.

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