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(wet) nite vision – Sydney

These photos were taken weeks ago, when the first week of Vivid in Sydney was on. We went that weekend despite the wet weather forecast because Nikon AU had a couple of events that day. They ran several classes we could sign online for free, and they also allowed us to borrow equipments for free (or really little money) during the event.

I signed up for a Low Light class, which consisted of half hour talk and a chance to walk around the harbour to capture the beautiful lights from illuminated buildings that was Vivid, with a borrowed lens from Nikon. I missed out 24-70mm by a minute and had to ‘settle’ for the 12-24mm, 2.8 instead. They swiped my credit card to charge a dollar for it, and I was free to run around with the lens for an hour and a half. Sweet.

The whole thing was a great idea. Except for one thing. The rain. Yes, it was raining the whole night. And I tell you one thing. You can have a kick ass camera or lens all you want, it would all gone down hill when water relentlessly poured down on you and made visibility really poor. It was hard to keep the lens free from droplets, even with a nice big umbrella on top of you. Not only it was hard to keep dry, it was hard to locate where the droplet landed, because it was night time. Many times I thought I had the shot when I checked in my tiny view finder and saw a big fat ass circle (which was the stupid droplet) in my photo. Everything seemed wet that night, I couldn’t find anything dry to wipe the lens clear.

So, as the drama caused by a simple rain persisted, I decided NOT to take anything Vivid related, well, except for ONE okay-ish shot of the Opera House, that night. With a big crowd of visitors with or without cameras (and their space-hungry tripods), it was very challenging to get a good spot. Oh, did I mention the rain?

The good thing came out of the rain was it actually made other things more interesting. The glistening wet ground was reflecting colourful lights from the surface made quite a beautiful and dramatic effect. Colours turned darker and shinier. That night I learned not to focus on the not-so-ideal elements so much, and turned my attention on something I did not normally see on drier conditions. Hope you enjoy the photos.


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  • Kevin & Joan Vivian03/07/2013 - 2:13 pm

    Your photos are just stunning!

    Cheers, Joan (Neroli’s Mum)ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]03/07/2013 - 3:37 pm

      Oh wow! Thanks Joan. Really appreciate you stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • snappystreet03/07/2013 - 2:39 pm

    Great! I sadly missed it this year, can’t wait for next years already!ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]03/07/2013 - 3:39 pm

      Maybe worth coming to Canberra for our annual Enlighten event next year (usually in March). Similar things, different buildings, and less people.. 😉ReplyCancel

      • snappystreet03/07/2013 - 3:44 pm

        I’ve never heard of this! Perhaps that is a MUCH better option 🙂 Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

Day 185 #Project365

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I’m not going to post a photo that I took today for today’s post. This one I took two weeks ago in Sydney and I’ve been ‘working on it’ for a couple of hours for my (long overdue) homework that it feels like I took this one just today, and it deserved to be shared today considering the time we spent together.

My homework this time was all about colours. Understanding the colours, how they work and how they affect each other, including learning the many shades of grey. And today I was doing the grey part of it. I never knew there are so many ways to convert your colour photos to black and white (B/W). I knew how to do it (the click one button way), but this homework assigned me to try all different sorts of ways, using Photoshop and other software (in my case, Aperture). When I said I was ‘working on it’ that’s what I meant. I was turning my colour landscape photo to B/W photo trying several different methods (as instructed), and try to figure out which one I like best. I did not do more editing than the usual stuff (exposure, contrast, saturation etc), so you won’t see any ‘fake’ clouds or water ripples as I don’t know how to do ‘heavy lifting’ photoshop like that. Not yet anyway…

It was a brilliant day that day. This photo was taken on a ferry from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour. The sky was blue with funnily shaped clouds scattered here and there. During editing, I learned how to use the colour filters (Red, Green, Blue and others) which I was scared to use before, since I had no clue what they are for. Now I started to get it. It’s quite exciting, really, how there’s so much more to learn behind the ‘simple’ black and white picture, because like most things, a Black and White picture is never ‘just’ black and white.

Nikon D90|AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED|ISO 400|f/7.1 | 1/2500| focal length 22mm

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