This is part of the Balmain peninsula with the Sydney city skyline in the background. Balmain is one of Sydney's oldest suburbs, full of historical terrace houses, old English style pubs and surrounded by water. This photo was taken from Mort's Bay. This is the bay where Mort's Dock was situated, the first dry dock and shipyard in Australia and the largest south of Bombay. It was opened in 1855 and closed in 1959. During World War II fourteen Bathurst class courvettes were built there and four river class frigates. Many generations of my family worked at Mort's Dock, firstly my great-great grandfather, who spent his entire working life here as chief engineer, my great grandfather and several uncles. Today the dry dock has been cleared and a park is now situated there. All that remains of the shipyard are are a few old docks, some metal runners and the ghosts, who are very friendly.
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snunney (86264) 2012-10-10 7:39
An interesting note with some family history to boot. A well realised picture as well. I like the point of view and the range of different and interesting buildings to be observed. The image is well exposed and has lovely blue tones to sandwich the buildings. Excellent presentation. Not long to the weekend for you now.
Sonata11 (33298) 2012-10-10 8:22
Beautiful shot of this interesting cityscape. This night picture is very beautiful and manage wonderfully colors, sharpness, clarity, nice POV and DOF. I like this architecture, beautiful water and the fabulous effect. Perfectly well done. Thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (25598) 2012-10-10 8:33
What a wonderful skyline, and a wonderful history to this place. Its strange to think the contrast to how this would have looked when your great great granddad would have landed here compared to how it looks now. I am a sucker for skylines, and Sydney has such a wonderful one. The long exposure is perfect too, making the water like milk, and the light seem really soft and pleasing.
The ghosts will be pleased when they see this!
All the best
coolravi19 (549) 2012-10-10 8:37
Great shot ...and very interesting note.....the light, color & saturation is very well balanced for evening shot ....the architecture of sky scrappers in background is looking very impressive ..
fabbs99 (16779) 2012-10-10 9:17
Its a lovely sight with great clarity.The photograph of the buildings from the sea in the twilight is really exciting.The use of tripod has come handy to get such distinct snap.The deep depth of field is perfect.
Excellent composition, good presentation too.TFS.
Have a great week ahead
Highmountains (2255) 2012-10-10 10:18
Great POV you have here. The deep saturated blu of the sea ans the light blue of the sky encompasses the beautiful cityscape in between. The colour of the sea is so unusual and so very soft. The horizontal land mass along the middle of the photograph is clear, sharp and bright. The sparkling lights are facinating. Especially the bright white buildings in the forefront right ... There is a neatness and quietitude about these buildings.
Thanks for sharing.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-10-10 10:34
Ola Lisa ,
Linda esta visão desta baía , boa escolha pela blue hour , gostei muito dos reflexos e das luzes douradas, bom uso dos 30 segundos , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
SnapRJW (31617) 2012-10-10 10:38
Hello Lisa - Interesting note about the dock, your family connections and the ghosts. Is it your Scottish family that worked here? If so, do the ghosts speak with an appropriate accent?
Beautiful blues in this shot, the buildings have a silvery appearance and together with the delicate pinpricks of light make for a lovely harmonious palette. The water has an attractive sheen and despite this being a cityscape there is a lovely calmness to the shot. Fine work, congratulations! Go well Rosemary
francio64 (38841) 2012-10-10 12:12
una vista insolita di Sydney, ma posso riconoscere ogni cosa.
La Sydney Tower sulla destra e poco più a sinistra il grattacielo che ti avevo segnalato con il mio WS per chiederti se era quello che vedevo in BG sulla tua foto con i riflessi sulla vetrina e se non sbaglio, il grattacielo al centro con le punte di ferro è vicino l'Hyde Park.
Mi piace molto l'atmosfera che hai catturato qui.
I toni blu avvolgono bene la scena e danno una sensazione di grande pace.
Well done and TFS!
jemaflor (86528) 2012-10-10 12:16
Lovely blue tones, very well mananged with all these lights, perfect sharpness, tfs.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-10-10 12:29
Wonderful that you still feel a connection to this place, Lisa. Great blue hour shot of it here, with the light reflecting off the water and the long exposure deepening the hues throughout. The juxtaposition of the waterside homes withe Sydney's skyline is lovely. TFS!
carlo62 (35142) 2012-10-10 14:02
sono rimasto un pò indietro....
Questa foto è veramente bella, la chiarezza del panorama mixata con le luci accese, creano un'atmosfera incantevole.
Gigidusud (16879) 2012-10-10 14:10
Ciao carissima Lisa,
Questa foto è una meraviglia!Un bel contrasto di architettura,il mare di seta con i riflessi di luce e i toni blu!Mi piace molto!
Matthew-Watt (5956) 2012-10-10 18:56
A vivid photo from inner Sydney. I like the imposing height of Centrepoint tower and the strange structure on the roof of the Deutsche Bank tower. The boat sheds and other harbourside buildings have a lot of character and their light is well relfected on the smooth surface. The exposure is managed very nicely in this fine blue hour photo.
bayno (18342) 2012-10-10 22:46
che luce particolare...non riesco ben a definire che ora sia della giornata...ma presumo che si tratti di una blu hours subito dopo il tramono o forse poco dopo, sarei propro curioso di visitare la baya...dal tuo POV si gode di un ottima vista sulla città, lo scatto è eseguito alla perfezione come ormai ci hai abituato...molto belli i riflessi e il mare setato...buona serata...ci sentiamo tra qualche giorno...vado da Giuly...
Silvio1953 (125443) 2012-10-11 0:24
Ciao Lisa, meravigliosa rapsodia in blu, pensavi a Gershwin quando l'hai scattata, favoloso skyline, fantastica gestione delle luci, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
williewhistler (14757) 2012-10-11 2:19
I rather enjoy your recent uploads from of some of the lesser known areas of Sydney,whilst most people now look upon Sydney as a tourist destination it was and still is of course, a working harbour with all the associated goings on.
The blue tones work well in this shot which is of course very well exposed and pin sharp.
Kindest regards Les.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-10-11 5:41
lovely blue hour shot. Superbly executed as always with perfect detail, light and colours. Beautifully tranquil and atmospheric. A quality image and delightfully presented.
Regards - Brian.
dkmurphys (50376) 2012-10-11 5:47
Superb blue hour capture. The image is spectacular and the colors just great. Well taken, perfect shot!
Sergiom (62748) 2012-10-11 5:51
This composition is technically remarquable. These are 30 secons very well used. The houses in the foreground are very clean in the image and the building lights in the background are beautifull in that blue hour.
Have a very nice day
sabermonajati (9703) 2012-10-11 6:25
amazing light you captured.and tall buildings are illustrated in this view from city.
mkamionka (31145) 2012-10-11 6:49
thank you for showing us Sydney from a less known angle. I like very much the blue hour light with the smooth water surface and the star shaped lights. Very atmospheric picture,
Thanks for sharing,
tyro (20884) 2012-10-11 7:51
Ciao cara Lisa,
Long "blue hour" exposures certainly do bring out the blues so incredibly well, don't they? I'm not sure if that is just a natural effect or, because there's so much artificial light around, did you set your colour balance to "tungsten"?
Whaever you did, you did it dead right - this is a beautiful photograph, again with the most stunning blues, especially in the sea, but also with excellent composition, perfect exposure and the most exquisite details and sharpness.
And what a nice photograph to upload and to have, especially in view of the close connections your family had with this area.
ikeharel (59393) 2012-10-11 9:33
Hi dear Lisa,
A 30sec. exp. made this almost daylight view. But also allow to see many details along the shipyard promenade and town skyline's.
Beautiful urban scenery, immaculate photojob done.
ourania (33399) 2012-10-11 11:00
Ciao cara Lisa,
le tonalita' blu' sono davvero inacantevoli, tanto quella del cielo che quella, piu' profonda, dell' acqua. La citta' spicca cosi lucida e nitida in questo ambiente magico. Gli edifizi comuni ed i grattacieli di aspetto ordinario diventano molto piu' interessanti, sembrano vibranti e puri in questo ambiente magico. La resa dell' immagine dal punto di vista tecnico e' ammirabile, l' illuminazione ed i colori sono squisiti. Una interpretazione della realta' tanto artistica, personale, intrigante e gradevole.Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona giornata,
macjake (57712) 2012-10-11 14:03
hmmm any old photo's of the old docks? seems like a place i'd like to spend time at with the camera-in-hand.
looking critically at the photo, its almost a dead-on for the rule of thirds, split into 3 evenly spaced ocean, land and skyline.
and because of the 30sec exposure, the water looks like a flat ice surface, really cool.
I enjoy seeing different city views of Sydney, keep them coming!
enjoy your day :)
batalay (35811) 2012-10-11 15:09
The blue hour photograph is excellent in all its technical and artistic aspects. Moreover, it is accompanied by an informative, although succinct note.
On another topic, what has happened to your friend and mine, Nobu? I miss his enthusiasm, grace and warmth.
mirosu (15052) 2012-10-11 20:02
You are presenting here marvelous, blue hours, view to Sydney city skyline with great vivid colors and excellent light.
The quiet blue water and the light/colors reflections sure add a very nice touch.
Cricri (108559) 2012-10-12 11:38
Hi Chére Lisa
Une vue merveilleuse de la ville, le contraste des charmante maisons de style anglais au bord de mer avec les hauts buildings,jolies teintes de bleus du ciel et de la mer
boa (6133) 2012-10-12 13:42
Hmm..a shipyard with long traditions, and now it is a park. Perhaps a good idea in this case but i am a big fan of old industrial buildings who are converted to appartments. You keep the heritage of old architecture and still solve housing problems:)
Anyhow, an attractive blue hour shot from a 30 seconds exposure. I like the blue and soft surface of the water, the light from the city create a pleasant impact. Perhaps something in the foreground would have improved the depth but it is still an attractive shot, well done!
Have a nice weekend.
npecanhuk (67368) 2012-10-12 15:28
Beautiful and interesting skyline!
Attractive and pleasant-looking photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent and really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Waylim (25366) 2012-10-12 16:27
Hi Lisa, my NGF.
Sorry, I was kind of busy for some times and didn't have time to write much or upload any photos.
This is a lovely shot, I love the blue on the water with the smooth texture and the soft reflection of the city light. The skyline with the light through the window light up the building nicely. You are getting so good with the blue hr shot with the long exposure. I tend to shy away from such shot. I have not much patience, but I enjoy very much someone elses photos :)
Anyway, sorry for being so lazy, lately and yes, we miss that big meeting in Poalo and friends :(
abmdsudi (44652) 2012-10-15 6:56
I always enjoy your creativity and here you paint with light, colour and reflections. No doubt it' s great story to go along with this magnificent shot and the 'ghost' A great composition with a delightful city skyline and the general atmosphere. Awesome clarity, light-up and remarkable contrast. Fine low light shot, Congrats.
gervaso (10829) 2012-10-15 7:16
You've captured the city lights perfectly, and the sharpness in your picture is excellent! Wonderful composition, and technically perfect! Very good job!