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Exploring Sydney for a few Days

I’m fortunate through work that I’ve been able to travel a lot over the last 12 months. Unfortunately though, travelling for work often doesn’t mean much time to actually stop and get out with the camera!

With a recent work trip to Sydney I added a few days into the trip and had the pleasure of exploring parts of Sydney with Jack Chauvel.

Cathedral Rock and Bombo Quarry

Arriving in Sydney mid afternoon, Jack and I headed straight towards Kiama to photograph Cathedral Rock on sunset and then make the most of the the clear skies by catching the Milky Way rising at both Cathedral Rock and Bombo Quarry.

Unfortunately we arrived just as the sun was beginning to set below the horizon so we didn’t have as much time we would have liked to capture the sunset but the clear skies made the perfect conditions for Milky Way photography.

We spent a bit of time at Cathedral Rock stumbling around in rock pools (getting wet) capturing the milky way. Before heading home, we decided to make a stop by the ever popular, Bombo Quarry.

Last light at Cathedral Rock, NSW
Last light at Cathedral Rock, NSW
Milky way rising above Cathedral Rock, NSW
Milky way rising above Cathedral Rock, NSW

Popular photography locations actually don’t do much for me. I enjoy the challenge of trying to find a unique angle but at the same time, I feel desensitised by the area after seeing so many photographs of it. Bombo Quarry is one of those locations for me.

Arriving at Bombo Quarry in darkness and only being able to see by lighting with head torch was a blessing in disguise. It took away the feeling of already knowing the location after seeing countless (and awesome) photographs by others. After stumbling around in the dark I eventually found a few compositions that tickled my fancy.

I’d never shot a location when there were two separate photography workshops happening at the location. As you can imagine, it was head torches galore which meant many frames ruined by other people’s head torches but I was lucky to get a few in the end that I was happy with!

Standing beneath the milky way at the Bombo Quarry, NSW
Standing beneath the milky way at the Bombo Quarry, NSW
Watching the milky way at Bombo Quarry, NSW
Watching the milky way at Bombo Quarry, NSW
Bombo Quarry NSW
One last milky way photo at Bombo Quarry, NSW

Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge is one of those locations which are iconic for a reason. After seeing the clip featured in this old Shell ad, I’d always wanted to get here to photograph the bridge.

After being out late the night before (arriving home at 1am or so), it was a struggle to get up at 4am the next morning but I’m so glad we did as we had some great light on the morning with awesome red colour featuring throughout the sky.

It was surprisingly how little traffic came through during blue hour. I was hoping to get some nice long exposures of the cars passing along the bridge but it just wasn’t meant to be. After the sunrise, I had a play with the drone for a bit and we drove back to Sydney.

First light at Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW
First light at Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW
Sunrise colour at Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW
Sunrise colour at Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW
Sea Cliff Bridge Aerial
Sea Cliff Bridge Aerial
Burst of light at Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW
Burst of light at Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW
Sea Cliff Bridge Aerial
Sea Cliff Bridge Aerial
The awesome Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW
The awesome Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW

Narrabeen Beach

Coming from Hobart and Melbourne where there aren’t any ocean pools for swimmers (mostly due to the cooler climate), I’ve always wanted to capture one of the many beautiful Sydney ocean pools whether it be from above or at sea level.

Unfortunately with the clear skies it wasn’t ideal conditions for shooting at sea level but made the perfect conditions from shooting above.

One of the beautiful ocean pools at Narrabeen, NSW
One of the beautiful ocean pools at Narrabeen, NSW
Top down view of the Narrabeen ocean pool
Top down view of the Narrabeen ocean pool
Surfing at Narrabeen, NSW
Surfing at Narrabeen, NSW
Top down view of surfer at Narrabeen, NSW
Top down view of surfer at Narrabeen, NSW

Mrs Macquaries Chair

After a few days shooting late into the night and getting up at the crack of dawn my time in Sydney had come to an end. What better way then to finish up with a few afternoon shots by Mrs Macquaries Chair before flying out?

 

Fading light at Ms Macquaries Chair
Fading light at Mrs Macquaries Chair
Sun setting behind the Sydney Opera House
Sun setting behind the Sydney Opera House
Blue hour at Mrs Macquaries Chair
Blue hour at Mrs Macquaries Chair
Watching the traffic flow at a Sydney over pass
Watching the traffic flow at a Sydney over pass

Thanks again to Jack and Rose for their spare bed and showing me some of Sydney’s best pho and dumplings 😉 Be sure to check out Jack’s wedding photography – it’s some of the best!

2 thoughts on “Exploring Sydney for a few Days

  1. What a wonderful series! I love the mood you captured!! So full of life! Sydney is beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much Dean!

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