Saturday, March 19, 2011

Observatory Hill - Sydney, Australia

Observatory Hill - Sydney, Australia
Observatory Hill - Sydney, Australia

I've been going to Observatory Hill over the last few weekends to try and photograph the Sydney Harbour bridge. I was after a couple of specific shots ( a couple of panoramas) and most of them required warm light. However one of them, the second in this post, had to be taken after sunset on a cloudy day. As a result of all of this, I had to go back to Observatory Hill on three separate weekends.

The results, after the jump.

The Harbour Bridge - Sydney, Australia
The Harbour Bridge - Sydney, Australia

I had to slow down the shutter speed considerably to get the light trails of a car driving down towards the bridge. I ended up using an aperture of f/22 and a shutter speed of 15 seconds to get a decent light trail. If I was to take this photograph again, I would probably compose the shot in a way that cuts out the tree in the bottom left hand corner of the frame. To me it just looks like a black spot and takes away from the image.

Observatory Hill - Sydney, Australia
Observatory Hill - Sydney, Australia

I wanted to use one of the trees at the top of the hill to  compose a panorama. The light was coming in from the left hand side of the image and I though it would help define the tree and add another layer of interest to the image while balancing it out. This is probably my favourite image from this shoot.

Observatory Hill - Sydney, Australia

The tree in this shot is the same as the tree in the shot above. I wanted to capture an image of the bench facing the bridge and the branches of the tree worked well to frame the shot. Both panoramas were created by stitching 8 - 9 separate images.

I'd like to find out what you guys think of these images. If you do have a minute, please let me know via the comments. I'm particularly interested in finding out what sort of improvements you would have made if you were capturing similar photographs.
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2 comments:

Wilma said...

Well, these are all three wonderful, Dev. I agree with you about the first one, the tree does distract a bit. I love the way the tail lights pull you into the photograph. The 3rd one is my favorite, mainly because of the lovely golden light. But as I look at it I keep wanting to move a little farther to the right and up the hill a little closer to the tree in order to look out more to the harbor. I don't know why. For photography purposes, that repositioning might have you looking too much in the direction of the sun. But maybe the desire to move into the picture creates a nice tension that keeps the composition from being boring. Besides the lovely light, I like this one because it is unclutterred.

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks for the feedback Wilma. It would have been harder to expose because I would been shooting into the sun. I guess I can shoot early morning to get around this. Again, thanks for your feedback. much appreciated.