Vivid Sydney

I posted recently some shots of sunset over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. After the sun had set, I left that location and decided to try another spot that my friend at work had suggested – Milson’s Point. On the way there, I drove past a stunning view so I pulled into a serendipitous carpark and ran across the road to get some shots. This one is not a fabulous shot but it’s a 15 second exposure and I didn’t have a tripod so I was just resting my camera on a fencepost. Shortly after I arrived, a bunch of photographers turned up with their tripods and started shooting, accidentally kicking the fence as they set up on the very narrow footpath 🙂

Lavender Bay.
Lavender Bay.

I then headed down to Milson’s Point. I’ve never been there before and I was rewarded with finding myself underneath the bridge. Everything is lit up for Vivid Sydney – an 18-day festival which lights up the city and fills it with music and also hosts presentations and workshops by some of the country’s most innovative thinkers. I had completely forgotten that the festival was on. If I had remembered, I might have tried to stay a few days longer and attended some of those events. As it was, this was a quick shoot before I had to run to the airport for my flight home.

Anyway, I was able to have some fun getting shots from Milson’s Point – shots of Luna Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the city herself.

It’s a great city, isn’t it? These photos were all taken handheld, or resting on something, with wide aperture and slow shutter speeds as it was very dark. All were edited in Lightroom. My Olympus OMD EM5 camera, of course 😉

It was quite serendipitous that I had this post scheduled for Monday but this morning I saw the Weekly Photo Challenge prompt was Vivid so I thought it was kinda perfect to post this today instead. You should check out the guest prompter Lignum Draco who actually lives in Sydney and has been able to get some amazing shots of this very cool festival.

I’m also submitting these photos to Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic – come and visit, it’s always visiting hours.

x desleyjane

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  1. Okay, now I am totally psyched to visit Sydney. Your capture of this annual event is AMAZING. My favorite is the Luna Park color shot. Spectacular!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL, excellent, thanks Lisa 🙂

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  2. Lignum Draco says:

    A shame you couldn’t stay longer for the festival, but these are a nice teaser. Maybe next year?
    Thanks for joining in on the challenge.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Yes definitely next year! Thanks.

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  3. Debbie H says:

    Great shots of Sydney during Vivid! You really were in the right place at the right time. I love all of them 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      How funny, I was just leaving you a comment on your Vivid post. Thanks Deb 🙂

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      1. Debbie H says:

        I saw that 🙂 How about that for timing??

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Great minds?? 🙂

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  4. The one from under the bridge is my favourite, looks like a spot really worth going the extra length to see the view.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks. I will have to go back!!

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  5. I’m quite familiar with Milson’s Point, but not at night. Your shots are wonderful.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much. It was my first time there.

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  6. Fabulous photos as always, dj! One day I’ll make it back to Sydney.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks JillyP 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome! 🙂

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  7. Great photos DJ. I love the B&W of Luna Park. I don’t think I’ve been to Milson’s Point. Will have check it out next time I’m there.

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  8. desleyjane says:

    Thanks Michelle. I hadn’t been there either, it’s the entrance to Luna Park but I think I’ve only been to the Melbourne one many many years ago.

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  9. brittabottle says:

    Once again, your photography is on point, DesleyJane. My favorite part of this post is the contrast between the monochrome and color pictures of the bridge. Both are gorgeous, especially side by side.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Britta!!

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  10. pommepal says:

    Really good shots, well done especially as you didn’t have your tripod.

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  11. Beautiful, DesleyJane! One of these days I’ll get down under!!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Good plan Terri. Thanks so much.

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  12. Wow! Beautiful shots! Sydney never looked so ‘vivid’ 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much!!

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  13. ChloéMarriault says:

    Great shots! I wish I could go there!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! It’s a great place to visit!!

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  14. Wonderful night gallery. That luna park photo with the photographer in it is awesome.
    It’s a shame that they accidentally kicked the fence. I have one spot where I shoot the city from a floating bridge, but it’s always someone coming, so I have to start all over several times because they rock the bridge. One time I was doing like 1-2 minutes exposures there and it almost drove me nuts! 😀

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Yep it’s a pain in the butt!! Thanks so much 😉

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  15. kazg10 says:

    Looks great Desley, wished I had of been there this year, a shame you didn’t have more time but you certainly made the most of it! 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Karen, yep next time!

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  16. wow you have some amazing colours there, like a mixed bag of candy, simply stunning x

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! Such good locations and a great event!

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  17. Stunning night photography! It is pity you didn’t say longer for the weekend as you would make so much more! Anyways, these are superb. Thanks for making me dream about being there.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Come on over! LOL, have I said that before? Yes, next time I will stay longer, Sydney is really growing on me 😉

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