Vivid Sydney, a Festival of Light, Music and Ideas. Sydney Opera

Monday Memories: Capturing the Illuminated City at Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney, a festival of light, sound and ideas was a great excuse to visit my old hometown of Sydney.

While I’m not really into long exposures on tripods these days, it was fun to cover the festival as the lighting installations were spectacular, particularly the one projected onto Sydney Opera House, pictured above.

What really took me by surprise was not just how many people were out looking at the brilliant displays, but how many people were wielding tripods! I didn’t know Sydney had so many photographers.

Just as incredible as how many there were was how enthusiastic they were about capturing the illuminated city and its vibrant and highly creative installations.

There was everything from point-and-shoot cameras on dinky tripods and iPhones on various mounts to enthusiasts with mid-range DSLRs and sturdy tripods sharing tips as they snapped away at this Sydney icon with a new set of clothes.

It was wonderful to see how a public event can capture imaginations and inspire such creative participation in a city’s people.

Details: Nikon D700, 85mm f/1.4 D Nikkor @ F5.6 @ 0.6th second @ ISO800. Camera was on a tripod and shutter was cable released.

www.vividsydney.com

We visited Vivid Sydney as guests of Destination NSW

 




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