In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 7 of the series we are exploring an image of the iconic Sydney Opera House.
26 November 2006. Sydney, New South Wales. Australia
During my first few years in photography I was part of an informal photography group. We all had a mutual employer, spent time discussing photography (often during work hours!) and organised outings in the Newcastle area. The group started to slowly expand its horizons and we organised a group trip to Sydney including hotels so that we could be in the city for the best light. I shot with my digital camera and for the first time in a long time with a film camera as well! We walked far and wide across the city before retiring for the night. All of us were up early in the morning to head down to the cruise ship terminal to photograph the sunset over the Opera House. Obviously, the sun was a no show but that didn't deter us, I made my exposures as long as possible to try and get some movement in the sky but instead I was surprised with the result.
I cannot claim to have envisaged the final result but I was pleasantly surprised with what I achieved. However, this image has grown on me over time, what I really like about it is the smooth and subtle lights and darks in the sky. Where the city and it's most iconic landmark (sorry Sydney Harbour Bridge) are brutal additions to the landscape (even if they are beautiful), the weather will be soft for this day. On another day the weather can be as harsh as the city below but at sunrise we knew that clouds and rain will soften the city for us.
Our informal photography club petered out not long after this trip, some members gave the hobby up, some moved onto new employers or better things in photography. It's a real pity that I haven't been able to find a similar group since.
Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.