Funny story behind this image was that I was setup with my tripod a few hundred meters off to the right of this image when a giant cruise ship came and moored in front of me, and Im talking huge. You can tell the location of the rising sun in this image by the place where all the sunbeams are pointing to, well I’d set myself up so that was just to the left of the glass section in the Sydney Opera House. Anyways I had to run up to this new position quickly with my tripod over my shoulder and I couldn’t just move a little down the pier as there was a bunch of other ships that would have gotten in the frame. You can see a little tug boat in the right of this image and he was pushing the massive cruise ship and there was another one on the front pulling.
This was a lovely golden sunrise but with such contrasting light in the sky I thought it would look excellent as a black and white. I decided to give the blue’s in the sky that deep black that you see in a lot of Ansel Adam’s images as I like the way it gives weight to the sky. I also loved the silhouette of the sails from the opera house against the sky and the lines from the sunlight combined with them worked really well.