Some shots of the famous Sydney Harbour. The texture and formation of the clouds add drama to the images.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Back to Sydney city, I have walked around town for some street shots. The first image today is my favourite at the end of the day. The youngsters are so full of life that they make the city lively and energetic. You may note that the shot was taken when the bus passed by behind them, effectively blocking out the distracting patches of colours of shops in the background. The kissing pair in the space balances the group on the left and stands out to give the focus to the image.
The other two images are taken for different points of interest: the composition; and the beautiful face/ hair of the subject herself.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
This cape to the south of Sydney is a popular site to spot humpbacks. One has to spend a reasonable amount of time at the right hours to see them. But the unimpeded view to the ocean alone was breath-taking.
This is what the information I've got says, "The changing seasons drive the migration of all whales. Humpbacks have a wide geographic range and are found in all the world's oceans. During summer months, populations in the southern hemisphere spend their time in Antarctica feeding until last autumn, when they follow an annual migratory route to their winter breeding and calving grounds in the warmer tropical waters of the Pacific. They return south in spring. Southern right whales are similar in that they feed in Antarctica in the summer and then migrate north to Australia to breed and give birth.
"Migration, in terms of energy consumed is a huge commitment by whales, and humpbacks hold the record of having the longest migratory journeys of any mammal on Earth. For example, a humpback whale (off the coast of Columbia) was identified five months earlier feeding off the Antarctic Peninsula – at least 8000km away! There are several reasons why, but probably the strongest is the urge to breed. In simple terms, despite its enormous size at birth, a newborn calf is born without a protective blubber layer, so if it were born in the near-freezing temperatures of the Antarctic waters, it would freeze to death very quickly."
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This is where Captain James Cook first landed on Australia to claim the territory for the British Empire. There is a visitors' centre up the slope from this landing point in which a standing exhibition tells the friendly attitude of James Cook on his landing towards the Aboriginals. I doubted it a lot. My suspicion was confirmed by a record of the testimony of a British sailor kept in the centre who had befriended one of the indigenous people telling him how the armed British shot them.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
A brief flight with the budget airline took me over to Sydney, a city of which one third of the population comprises immigrants from different countries.
First few shots were for the Opera House, the pilgrimage destination of the troops of visitors, taken on the Sydney Harbour Bridge over the equally famous harbour.
The CBD of the city is more like home in Hong Kong with common sights of Asians, mostly Chinese, and bustling traffic jamming the narrow passages between crowded buildings. Fact is, the city has evidently been taken over by Asians. It is more easy to find Asian restaurants than English pubs.
It rained in the evening and the cameras are waiting to flex muscles for more shots tomorrow.