The last few months have been jam packed with interviews, research and sponsorship talks, however the time has finally come to have less talk and lots more new photos… The first destination in a long line of overdue blogs is Sydney, one of my all time favourite cities and a place which has enough going on to make every photographer happy!
“Like a psychedelic supermodel, Sydney curves and sways through a glamorous maze of sandstone headlands, lazy bays and legendary surf beaches, and not to forget, the outrageously good-looking Sydney Harbour. The Sydney experience is essentially physical – dunk yourself in the Bondi surf, sail under the Harbour Bridge on a yacht, jog along the Coogee cliff tops or rampage through Centennial Park on horseback. Everybody seems to be outside – the beaches are swarming, street cafés buzz and the harbour blooms with sails.” – Lonely Planet
Let’s start with one of Sydney’s lesser known beaches, Turimetta beach. Located in Sydney’s Northern beaches, this place is an extremely popular spot with many of the local landscape photographers. Sheltered by sheer cliffs along its entire length, this rocky inlet is most famous for the green moss covered rocks, which even without moss look truly amazing. Photography here is not for the faint hearted as the waves crash powerfully around you at every moment, this does however make for some great long exposure shots.
One of the shots I was really hoping to get was Bronte Beach ocean pool at dawn. Located at the southern end of Bronte Beach, this pool is a small but popular place for an early morning swim. The difficulty with getting this particular set of shots was that I needed to set off walking an hour and a half before sunrise, and given that the weather was being awkward made for some very long and cold mornings. After a few failed attempts due to the lack of colour just before the sun rose, I had almost given up. Thankfully on the last morning that I tried the sunrise was spectacular, glowing bright red and pink for quite some time, and so I managed to get a few shots before the swimmers all dived in! This was of course followed by a delicious brunch at one of the cafes nearby, a Bronte necessity!
Now let’s get into the centre of Sydney, the first stop being the historical area known as The Rocks. Framed by the diamond-sparkled waters of Sydney Harbour and shaped by history, The Rocks is where Sydney began, so it seemed fitting to spend a few nights here capturing this area during sunset and blue hour.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, fondly known by the locals as the ‘Coathanger’, is one of Australia’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge and is an essential stop for every tourist. I had planned on getting a few more angles of the bridge, sadly a section of it was under construction at the time and so I had to make do with 2 shoot locations, one by Luna Park and the other in Doyle’s Tower.
And then last, but by no means least, is the iconic Sydney Opera House. No introductions needed!