My first large post, fingers crossed I've got it right.
This is a not often photographed view of Sydney, no icons like the Harbour Bridge or the Opera House are visible from here. In the foreground is Darling harbour, once a working port but now a mecca for restaurants and bars. Darling Harbour is intended to be one of Sydney's "buzz" places, although some visitors find it lacking in character (and greenery). A former dockside area, the small harbour has been transformed into a major tourist site and leading convention and exhibition centre. A monorail service runs from the Central Business District to Darling Harbour and skirts the harbour, making stops at points around the harbour. Until now, Darling Harbour has been a place that has appealed more to little folk, due to the number of children's attractions, but the advent of the Cockle Wharf restaurant, bar and cafe complex has added a new dimension to Darling Harbour.
In the bottom left is the Sydney Maritime Museum and in the middle the large white building on the water is the Sydney Aquarium.
Running up from the bottom of frame is the Pyrmont bridge opened on 28 June 1902, a swing bridge, that would allow the wool ships to enter this small working space.
When I was a child (fifty something years ago) every Sunday my Dad would gather us up into the family car and off we’d go across this bridge to visit uncle Norman and aunty Thelma who lived in Glebe. What an outing that was, aunty Thelma always had the best sweeties. I can still taste them as if it was yesterday.
The sun had already set when this was shot, the glow from the Western sky was lighting the faces of the buildings and the blue night sky was closing in from the east.
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dumbo (4541) 2008-08-09 3:12
You did it! So congratulations for your first large photo. And what a photo! Great lights, colors and beautiful city.
I like this high POV a lot.
Floydian (30970) 2008-08-09 3:23
A great view, you really caught the essence here to show the city in a very majestic way. Not the regular view with the Opera House but another interesting sight Sydney has to offer. Light in the exposure is great, high on detail, really good work...i like it.
grantlp (2113) 2008-08-09 3:25
This is an absolutely superb image of Darling harbour and the Sydney skyline, made even more impressive by the colours and lights you've captured during the "blue hour". Your camera settings are spot on, which has resulted in those exceptional colours within the city, and the clarity throughout is just perfect. The reflections of the lights in the waters of the harbour provide a good balance with those of the city, Very well done.
abulafia (4900) 2008-08-09 3:34
Wonderful post Peter!
Lots of details, and plenty of things to look at in the large post.
The quality is outstanding.
npecanhuk (69166) 2008-08-09 3:37
WOW! One of the best, most perfect, most beautiful, sharpest pictures at TE!
Fantastic... needless to say more!
TFS - CONGRATULATIONS!
sandpiper (6788) 2008-08-09 3:39
Gool shot and the large post is great. I've wanted to get a night shot of Sydney for ages, but never seem to get there when conditions are right. You've done a great job here. Composition and presentation is excellent, great light and details.
toto (0) 2008-08-09 3:49
belle photo de cette ville magnifique de Sydney, a l' heure bleu.
La version large nous donne encore une plus belle vue et nous montre plus de détails de cette superbe partie de la ville.
Le temps d' exposition et le choix parfait de luminosité nous donne une photo et une netteté parfaite.
Je la met dans mes favorites.
vixchris (284) 2008-08-09 5:49
Hello there Peter
An amazing photo, crystal clear and so rich in objects and themes,
well done, Vicky
GerdVDC (0) 2008-08-09 6:13
I'm a fan of nightshots and skylines, so the combination of the two, especially when executed so brilliantly like in this shot, just blows me away. The amazing amount of detail and colour in this nightshot is simply beautiful. Thanks also for a very detailed note!
Have a great weekend!
All the best,
macondo (18623) 2008-08-09 6:37
First, I loved your nostalgic note about the family outings. I have many similar memories of life here in Melbourne.
Second, the shot is superb. A bit different from the usual Sydney scene, as you point out. The quality of the shot is amazing. Even more so in the large version of the WS. How did you do it? There's no information about exposure, tripod etc. I'm even wondering if this is a stitching job.
Anyway, remarkable shot. Congratulations.
vmf-214 (1648) 2008-08-09 6:47
Great shot, Wonderful POV. The photo is crisp and sharp, Also the colors are prefect too. You really out did your self with this photo. Great job Peter.
Photograph2u (0) 2008-08-09 7:36
Hi Peter, this is a spectacular pov from a high vantage point of Sidny at night.
Light well controled, very sharp and well composed.
You show us the nice skyline and reflections on the water.
That's true, I've never seen it from that pov.
lgir (6999) 2008-08-09 8:23
pretty panoramic composition on this night sight of the wearing of Sydney.
For a first, the result is splendid.
wishlist (4133) 2008-08-09 8:34
the beauty of the blue hour emphasized even more the beauty of the city with all its lights and the illuminated buildings. You've done a great job setting up your camera, exposure is just perfect and everything looks crisp, bright and clear with a amazing sharpness throughout. A truly beautiful cityscape, I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing with us.
crhieatt (5347) 2008-08-09 8:55
........and woke up in photo heaven!
You definitely got it right. Fantastic, sparkling panorama, hits all the right notes with its top quality feel.
Clementi (52514) 2008-08-09 22:53
a large version rich of elements and everybody perfectly neat, the photo allows to see the details well. perfatta gestiohe of the light and the colours.
SteveH (6247) 2008-08-09 23:01
Hi Peter, your finger crossing seems to have been successful! and what a great shot of Sydney. Exposure is perfect, showing plenty of detail in the lit buildings, reflection and a deep blue sky - and so sharp. Love to know where it was taken from (demonstrating my lack of knowledge of Sydney) and more information about how you took it. Great shot! Cheers, Steve
Kielia (24073) 2008-08-10 0:29
congratulation to this outstanding capture of Darling Harbour during the blue hour. As already stated, this image is perfect! And your note is great too. Thanks for this phantastic contribution to TE!
xavshot (69835) 2008-08-10 0:51
excellent large post ! i appreciate the view and the way you manages the differents lights. Very good work
Uhu (8523) 2008-08-10 3:26
Wow, it's a great photo! It's simply amazing, how you managed to make a nocturnal shot so clean and detailed!
Very good one, I like it very much!
jhm (142884) 2008-08-10 3:43
Your first long version, what a wonderful image without mistakes, this is simple fantastic.
I enjoy of this picture, enlightenment of the buildings together with reflection, this care for superb composition.
My complimenst for this one. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
westozman (3193) 2008-08-10 4:22
I'm impressed! Your 1st panoramic has turned out to be a real beauty, give yourself a very big pat on the back! Was this shot with Oly 8080? Relly looking forward to seeing your next wide shot - well done!
leo61 (0) 2008-08-10 4:26
Congratulation!!!!!!THIS IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!!!!
A fantastic view at the skyline and the many restaurants.I remember me walking there.Wonderful colors and contrast and amazng sharpness.A perfect photojob.
lestans (17138) 2008-08-10 7:20
you made me enjoy so much looking at this wide panorama!! Perfect, vibrant!! A beautiful city!!
Bravo, many thanks!!
adores (39908) 2008-08-10 16:24
Great night shot! The large version is just perfect. Very good exposure and a great pov. Excellent work!
Silversnow (2319) 2008-08-11 7:05
superb large post, the lighting and exposure are just perfect, the composition is full of details and colors. Did you crop it from an ultra-wide or stitched it?
VERY thoughfull note, full of fond memories, thanks for sharing these with us :)
elendim (69) 2008-08-11 10:40
Great job Peter,clear picture and great colours!
The large version is excellent!
One of the best..Congratulations!!!
ktanska (25505) 2008-08-12 3:39
Magnificient city panorama. While there's no Opera House I think Sydney Tower is one of the major landmarks too. Smaller version looks a bit oversharp but large one looks just right. Good balance between sky and city lights. And those lights have lots of different tones with very few overexposed ones.
chirasak (2) 2008-08-12 4:47
it is nice picture, look like a megic town or maybe a city in the dream, i like this night shot, is that panorama shot, and i really like your note TFS
alftrek (3270) 2008-08-12 9:39
Even at this scale, the visual impact of this shot is really immense. The large size is even more impressive, displaying the quality of a first classed photo bearing all the marks of a superb piece of work by a professional photographer. There is so much details, with that perfect lighting and blue-hour sky. Simply beautiful!!
testmaniac (13508) 2008-08-15 12:10
Hello Peter, fantastic urban landscape! Great job again with superb composition,exposure and colors. Great view of Sydney!
TFS and regards,
Colombiana (2955) 2008-08-15 19:00
Awesome! This is a very neat photo-- One of the best night or blue-hour photos of skylines.
One of my favorites too!
Nothing to add , but compliment you... Great work!!!
Regards from Miami.
kiks (11781) 2008-08-16 10:33
This is a great stich work! Not only technecly but also visualy. Lovely perspective, no distortion and great exposure. My god it is a verry crowded area this!
Thank you for your note. It was a pleasure to read
Vanessa132 (94) 2008-08-21 12:51
amazing details and clarity!
great colors and light.
Well done and TFS
kLe (2196) 2008-08-21 21:41
I like nightshots a lot, and especially when they are so clear and sharp like this one. I would like to know the settings of the camera for this taking(just to learn how to do this). Great capture in the small and large size.
foozi (7101) 2008-08-23 4:25
this is amazingly stunning and really fabulous shot. Really a great composition with magnificent point of view, lights, reflection and spectrum of colours and excellent sharpness and clarity. Wondeful view and brilliant night panorama.
RPoole5552 (1812) 2008-08-26 17:55
Superb TE post. One of the best I've seen in awhile. Excellent skyline detail for this nocturnal shot. Thanks for sharing.
skippy007 (12510) 2008-08-27 23:25
Wow, Peter fantastic photo job here, lucky I didn't have a good look at this before posting mine I might never have done it.
Love it, colour, light, detail, reflections Etc Etc Etc. spot-on & a lovely note as well, like Isa I'm also a little envious.
Sam_CH (3366) 2008-09-10 10:57
I has always been attractated by Sydney and this picture is very interesting. You have managed this night exposure very well, colours are great. Good note too. Kind messages from Switzerland.
gunbud (34066) 2008-10-14 17:34
Lovely night time capture of this famous harbor.
The golden lights reflecting in the calm green harbor are beautifully complimented by the deep blue night sky.
Love your warm memoir of Aunty Thelma and her sweets.
golden (2289) 2008-10-21 5:34
Fantastic panoramic shot Peter!
Great POV,sharpnes and of course beautiful colors...
worldcitizen (7439) 2008-10-25 11:31
This is gorgeous! I like city shots, and the concentration of buildings in this area, with all of the dazzling lights, is mesmerizing. The blue of the sky is beautiful, and I like the way the bridge leads from the foreground to the city. I clicked on the large version and really enjoyed looking at all of the details.
Waylim (25368) 2008-11-06 18:41
Peter, Perhaps the most stunning large post, wow I don't know what to say. Everything is so perfectly sharpe for a nightshot. The intensity of the color the clarity of all details. Absolutely stunning. I will just agreed with everybody else had to say and I bow to you. thanks so much for this shot. My atmost admiration to you.
bracasha75 (24585) 2009-02-13 2:11
I dont know how i have missed this one but ...
The city of my dreams and place where we cane become free hugs!!!!
Beautiful panorama shot in evening hours
What,s new Peter
is the bush fire far from you????
travelm8 (366) 2010-01-03 23:27
you have surpassed yourself - brilliant work, I'd buy that to hang on my office wall anyday - absolutley magic.
(can you only award 2 points!!!)
bloublou (144) 2010-03-25 8:34
that is for sure a great night picture
macjake (60000) 2010-03-26 9:31
I saw this photo of yours posted on the TE home page a couple days ago!! I had to critique it.
It sure is a marvelous view point...i'd love to take shots from this same area.
There are 2 things that stand out for me from a constructive critique point of view...
First, the photo is tilting downwards to the left, and i find the saturation a little too much.
To clarify about the saturation, what i mean is that it still looks visually stunning and beautiful, just not realistic, thats all. I would have toned it down just a tad.
As for my last photo and the tilting tall buildings...(i've already explained it to Lisa)
I was fully aware of my buildings Tilting, and I was trying to correct it.
It was simply a case of my eyes being tired as i was working on it for so long. After a while your eyes kinda go funky on ya, and you can't see straight anymore !!! :)
thats what happened to me. I actually OVER CORRECTED it, making it tilt the other way! I'll learn from that, and next time i'll give my eyes a break, and go at it again later.
anyways...honestly Peter, this is a lovely photo. If i ever come to Australia, you me and Lisa should meet up and take shots from here
delpeoples (54467) 2011-02-26 2:29
Hallo Masked One
How did I miss this beauty? What a great nocturnal shot. The cobalt blue is amazing, the image is superbly exposed and sharp. A little masterpiece matey, with or without the mask.
Have a good one