Making photographs in Sydney, April 2018

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This was a quick trip for work for two days, but I did manage to find just over an hour for a photo walk just after my meetings. I took my Fujifilm X100 over with me so I could travel light, and I tried to avoid too many of the usual pics that people take in Sydney, but really, a couple of them are irresistible aren't they? So, I started off with a quick stroll around Circular Quay.

For this little afternoon project, I set the camera to spot metering, but also had to use the built-in ND filter to stop the photo highlights from being completely blown out by the strong sunlight, both direct and being amplified by the water. Though it is a pretty standard image, I tried to use the line of the quay to lead the eye to the Opera House - though it probably doesn't need much cueing, and then beyond to the detail captured in the clouds.

I walked back around to the other side of the Quay, almost, but not quite to, The Rocks. Again, lots of light to contend with here, but shadow too. This one had a little post-processing before being posted online later that afternoon. Given that the X100 doesn't have any wifi connectivity, I'll talk about my process about how to do that another time. I really liked the texture of the tall, brick-built warehouses in this historical area.

The next stop was the Museum of Contemporary Art . I decided that I was going continue to use the light meter in the X100 in spot metering mode to try to increase the drama, but also to give some sense of the actual lighting used in the gallery - as I perceived it anyway. The first image below pays tribute to the work of Yvonne Koolmatrie and her Burial Baskets.

The way this exhibit was hung, it seemed as though it was floating in the air. The extreme contrast of the spot metering afforded me the opportunity to try to capture this illusion, as well as showing something of the texture and shadow that was an essential feature of this work.

The internal working of this clock and the reflections in the glass in both the facing and back glass windows really caught my attention. I did hanging out and wait until a figure entered the frame in the bottom left of the frame, as the idea in my mind at the time was certainly shadows and reflections of time. This was certainly a reflection of how I sometimes compare my photographs. An idea springs to mind and I try to include elements that evoke and illustrate that idea. Aside from that, the image quality from this camera - now 7 years old - is something I really appreciate.

Finally, a bit of a cheat here, but let's go back in time to the previous evening, where work was done for the day, as I took a brief walk outside before sleeping. I saw the fantastic entrance to this station and watched and waited until a couple of figures came into frame and walked centre stage. I didn't quite manage to realise the image I had in mind, but I still like it. Again, spot metering was used to create this image too.

Hope you enjoyed this little post - let me know if you like any of these images.