Recently I got to visit Sydney and spent some the bulk of my time around the eastern bay areas of Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Double Bay. Wow !!! it is so beautiful to start with and then it’s so incredibly peaceful. There’s lots of trendy cafes and restaurants but they aren’t that trendy kind that tries too hard rather they are establishments which pride themselves on having unique foods and beverages. My friend and I stopped at a little cafe for some coffee and ended up getting all these little snacks like rhubarb and lime muffins and fried corn and avocado fritters. The guy who owned the little cafe enters coffee competitions where he sketches images into the frothy milk top with the darker coffee liquid. He sketched a face for my mate and this awesome leaf on mine and I could hear others excited when their coffees were delivered and saw them taking photos of them, direct to > instagram I think πŸ˜‰

This morning I got up early and got a travel card and headed for the harbour. I think it’s best to arrive an hour before sunrise as the sky will always come out lighter in your images then what you see in the sky due to long exposure times of it. So, I usually start shooting when it’s still dark and the light from the sun is just starting to show, like in this shot. There was a fair bit of boat action going on in the water already and got I got frames with the movement as light trails from them but I really liked this still shot of the harbour and Sydney Opera House. The silhouette of the Opera House always looks fantastic in images but this early in the morning I was able to get a lot of the colour of the scene that other photograph’s might not. We know the Opera House as a white shell but these green, orange and red lights create a completely different environment.

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