Well, I managed to somehow crack my LCD window on the camera a few weeks back. After some research online, it didn’t seem to be quite the conundrum that I had fretted. I called up Nikon, ordered a piece of replacement glass and a new piece of special tape that would line the housing, and using an X-acto knife pried the old glass and tape out, and viola, good as new!
Rainy Reflections at Darling Harbour
Even though my shoes ended up soaking wet, and it was colder out than would have been enjoyable, the way the lights and colors reflected off all the shining surfaces kind of evened it out. The rain didn’t stop Darling Harbour as being a bustle of activity this winter evening.
When the stars line up
And you catch a good break
People think you’re lucky
But you know its grace
It can happen so fast
Or a little bit late
Timing is everything
Birds, Boats, and Bridges
There’s something iconic-ly perfect about Sydney’s landscape. I really loved ferrying around between different places, taking in the sights of the city with a cool ocean breeze on the air. The views depending on where you are on the boat (which is pretty large) are quite different, so I probably managed to weird everyone out with my inability to just sit in one spot for the trip. When these two little guys decided to join our trip, I quickly framed up this nice background (any background around here would have been equally nice, but everyone knows this bridge) and fired off three shots. Thank goodness for photo aligning software!
Blue Mountains Panorama
Here’s another great (I think) panorama from the Blue Mountains, outside Sydney, Australia. I spent the day on this cool tour put on by some small outfit, who picked us up in front of the hostel, then drove around and hiked in and out of all sorts of neat areas that you probably would never get to without a guide. We had this awesome little Kangaroo attached to the front of van, and stopped in a small shop in some small town to grab lunch, which we proceeded to eat here, on a beautiful outcropping off the beaten path. As the late afternoon sun began to set, some of those great sun rays cast thru the white and fluffy clouds.
Oh and since I’m sure y’all are wondering, this guy measures 3k x 10k pixels. 🙂
Continuing the theme of monochrome week, a full black and white depiction of a view that may seem a bit strange in what one would normally seek in Sydney. The HMAS Vampire was the third of three Australian built Daring class destroyers to serve the Royal Australian Navy being completed in 1959. She served the RAN for over 20 years, and was finally decommissioned in 1986 and docked at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. Several smaller Navy ships join the museum, as well as the fully restored James Craig, built in 1874 (the one that looks like a pirate ship in the background).
Possibly the most photographed building in Australia, the Opera House is a staple of the city-scape. The hostel I stayed at in downtown Sydney offered a free tour walking around the city, and one stop landed us here, across “Farm Cove” in the Royal Botanical Gardens. A storm was blowing in, so the clouds above the looked extra ominous. Shortly after this shot, it began to rain, and somehow a few of us ended up separated and wandering around. Apparently we didn’t miss anything, and managed to make it back to the hostel before the rest of the group. Works for me.
One thing I like about this angle is how the shape of the Opera House is defined by the bridge.
Light & Reflection
A rainbow of colors glisten off the surface of the harbour late one night in Sydney.