As I write this there is just a few days left to get out and explore Vivid Sydney 2018. This annual festival of light and creative ideas takes over the city of Sydney for a few weeks each year in May and June and brings the city to life. I have been lucky enough over the past few years to work with some amazing brands like NiSi Filters Australia and New Zealand, Sirui Australia as well as Canon Australia during Vivid, and being able to be part of helping so many people improve their photography skills while showcasing some of the most popular locations around the Sydney is something I look forward to each year.
Vivid is now in it’s 10th year and has grown each and every year with installations now throughout areas like Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Chatswood and of course the major installations at Circular Quay and the Botanical Gardens. This year construction around Circular Quay has limited the ability to place installations around Hickson Rd Reserve as they did in 2017, which has also caused a little bit of confusion for attendees who have been forced to walk in a single direction on the busier weekends throughout the festival. And for photographers looking to shoot their classic cityscape scenes the best locations this year are still around Circular Quay, particularly the Overseas Passenger Terminal (the spire and the larger balcony viewing platform), Cahill Expressway, Opera House foreshore and of course some of the better hotels overlooking the quay (if you are willing to pay for them they are worth it, just watch out for dirty windows).
This year I have been part of hosting a series of extremely popular and sold out nightly NiSi workshops across three weeks showcasing the use of the Natural Night Filter. In between hosting these workshops I have made certain to get out and about and shoot plenty of my own content and explore as much as I can around the city. In my opinion the Opera House sails are the installation that most people are going to remember and want to shoot the most. The best times to get out are still during the week, and especially just after any heavy rainfall (it rains every year during Vivid) as there are plenty of opportunities to capture reflections all around the harbour foreshore on both sides of the bridge.
Here are 9 images I have captured during Vivid Sydney 2018 all using the NiSi Natural Night Filter. The majority of images have also been captured using the Canon 5DMKIV (only one was captured using the Fujifilm GFX50s which I had to quickly borrow as I didn’t take my camera gear with me on this particular night) and a combination of Canon lenses including the 16-35mm f/2.8L III, 24-70mm f/2.8L II and 70-300mm f/4L. As always thank you to Canon Australia for their ongoing support for me throughout my photography journey. I am currently working exclusively with Sirui tripods and have used the Sirui W-2204 on this trip which I really like for it’s low weight, height, waterproof build and overall build quality.
Bring on Vivid Sydney 2019!
1. 28 minutes of Vivid from the Four Seasons Hotel
2. Vivid Opera House Sails Puddle Reflection
3. Vivid Kirribilli Lights
4. Vivid Beams Potts Point
5. Vivid Opera House Colourful Sails
6. Vivid Cahill Expressway Sydney Harbour + Ferries
7. Vivid Sydney Harbour Bridge Kirribilli
8. Vivid Crazy Harbour Cahill Expressway