Friday, 10 June 2011

Circular Quay, Vivid Sydney

Circular Quay and the Sydney skyline illuminated for the annual Vivid Sydney festival which runs until this Monday night. These are just some of the colours featured in "Skyscraper Illuminati" created by 32 Hundred Lighting but there are also quite a few animated designs this year which are difficult to photograph. This view is from the Overseas Passenger Terminal looking towards the Circular Quay ferry wharves and Circular Quay railway station, rising up to the city skyscrapers.

36 comments:

  1. the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness....... Happy TGIF! Hoping you can visit my skywatch post.

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  2. They make a terrific scroll-through, Jim. What are the crowds like this year? I guess the reall pulling power will be tested over this coming long weekend, which is going to be cold and wet. Pity the poor organisers. I enjoyed the first year of Vivid which I think was 2009, but mainly for the dramatic offering of fire/water in Campbells' Cove. This has all be watered (!) down this year to just another static on-going display, which is a shame.

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  3. Wanted to say one more thing. About the timing of this festival in the calendar. I know the organisers wanted to fill the vacuum in winter. And winter is when it is dark earliest (duh!). But for us weak Aussies, it is cold. And winter is the rainly season for Sydney. So I would like to see this festival (it is an engineered festival, not organic) moved earlier in the calendar, like May Day.

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  4. Glorious panorama of light! The changing colours must be a feast for the eyes!

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  5. Those brightly lit skyscrapers look magnificent!

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  6. Night skies always make me wonder, "What's up there? What am I not seeing?"

    RED SKY IN MORNING

    Red sky in morning,
    Sailors take warning!


    Who knows what might happen out on the sea?
    Waves riding high,
    Waves to the sky,
    Waves crashing and dashing all over me!

    Red sky at night,
    Sailors delight!


    Leeward or windward we sail with no fear;
    Water is calm,
    Healing like balm—
    Ahoy, fellow sailors, landfall is near!


    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Oahu Coast and Sky

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  7. Julie, the crowds seemed to be bigger this year, and I think partly because it was all centred around Circular Quay and The Rocks again, rather than stretching all the way up Macquarie Street, as it did last year. I liked it this way but maybe they should extend it around to Walsh Bay, to show off that part of the city too and alleviate crowding. The fire/water display was certainly bigger and more dramatic in the past two years but I suppose they can't keep doing the same thing every year and are trying different things. I'd prefer it earlier in May when it's warmer but it wasn't too bad until this week. I doubt they'll change it because their intention is to bring people into the city in winter when it's usually quiet for business.

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  8. I remember your Vivid Sydney shots from last year. I love the way the buildings glow in different colors.

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  9. These are great J. Love seeing them. Thanks.

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  10. One of my fave places in Sydney. Excellent night shots.

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  11. NOt that much of a different perspective. I was pretty much in the same spot. If I could make a suggestion - watch your horizons, even if you need to straighten the shot in post production.

    I don't mind it at this time of year. I do miss the lights on Macquarie Street and didn't find the ones in the Rocks this year that impressive, although they are nice.

    I thought the crowds (or lack of) were good but I went on weeknights. Expect it will be really packed this weekend.

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  12. Thanks, Ann, I will keep that in mind. I think I must have been using the skyscrapers as a reference point, rather than the railway station. I only noticed the tilt after I posted them here.

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  13. Your fabulous shots of Sydney - like these in particular - really do bring the city to life for those of us who live so far away. The colors in these are fabulous. Great captures.

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  14. Ooh, now this is skywatching with a difference, Jim! It's fabulous.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  15. Oooooh, it's that time of the year again! Wonderful!

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  16. I had read about the ‘Skyscraper Illuminati' of this year’s Vivid, so I was interested to see your photos.

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  17. terrific!!!!

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  18. Wow, does that make Sydney look pretty!!!! What a cool thing to do. Have a nice weekend. Mickie :)

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  19. Fantastic captures, Jim! Love the colors and they do indeed make a marvelous scroll-through! Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  20. Excellent Jim, have really enjoyed this spectacle through yours and Ann's lens!!

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  21. Hi - very nice colours I have to say. But I also wonder if they make sure all the lights in the buildings are turned off during Earth Hour? Gloomy I know, but its what came to mind.

    CHeers Stewart M

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  22. Nice series, Jim. You must be a very patient man.

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  23. Wow! Beautiful contrasting n changing colours.Intersting series of shots

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  24. that is awesome. I love the reflections. I must admit that I am partial to the first one which is purple. I just think that looks so pretty. By the way, the photo on my blog (the bridge and the steeple) is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

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  25. OMG, Wonderful night shot!

    On www.photo-roma.net/p/night-shot.html every monday, there's a meme on night shots.

    Check it out, I would be happy if you participate ...

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  26. Beautiful neon like colours!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  27. Very, very cool night illumination with the colored lights! Bravo!

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  28. hip-chick, thanks for letting me know. The arch of that bridge is similar to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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  29. Lovely... The reflection of the city in the water looks like mercury, or some thing like that : so bright, so unreal... Well done.

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  30. How often does one get a photo opportunity like this!? Lucky you and Ann. Great set of captures.
    Rosie

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  31. What a fantastic idea to light up the buildings. Looks great. Nice shots too.

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  32. Hi Jim, I may be somewhat delayed in commenting on this fantastic series of shots, but figure you won't mind! Spectacular shots and colours - well caught. Thanks for visiting my blog - sorry the image didn't appear (don't know why) - have now reposted it. Thanks for your patience and happy weekend!

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