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There are good reasons why Sydney night photography is an activity in itself. If you are visiting Sydney soon, especially over the summer months with their long days, you really should make sure that you set some time aside to explore our beautiful city at night. Sydney is a bustling city during the day but as dusk starts to set it and the day turns to night the atmosphere around the city begins to change and it is a great time to get out and take long adventurous walks around the city.
If you decide to venture out as the sun descends and you enjoy photography then Sydney is a city that you will truly enjoy. With the sparkling Sydney Harbour that attracts and reflects the surrounding lights and city colours and countless angles to capture you will have no shortage of locations around Sydney to find where you can capture some magic moments. Although there are many other iconic places in Sydney to do some serious night photography (such as the famous Coke sign in King’s Cross or inside the stunning Queen Victoria Building), the most popular by far would be around the harbour, particularly on the city side of the harbour with subjects like the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, The Museum of Contemporary Art, or the beautiful city skyline. The northern side of the harbour does not miss out either with long exposure shots at Luna Park and amazing views back across the harbour shooting under the Harbour Bridge towards the Opera House and skyline. If you are venturing over to the north side then a nigh time walk across that famous ‘coathanger’ (Harbour Bridge) will only add to the experience and give you some great shots from height down to the city or some artistic shots of the massive structure of the bridge itself.
Having a camera which can take long exposure images will obviously help you to get more creative photos so either use a tripod or find a nice flat surface to lean your camera on. Some of the most popular spots to photograph around Sydney Harbour would be:
1. From near Mrs Macquaries chair shooting back across to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. (Where the image in this post was taken)
2. Under the Harbour Bridge just next to the Park Hyatt Hotel where you can get great perspectives on the bridge
3. Up on the Cahill Expressway footpath which you access from near Circular Quay where you can get amazing wide angle photos that gets the docked Sydney Ferries, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge all in the one shot.
If you want to be shown around to some of these amazing locations while enjoying the company and transportation of a local Sydney Tour Guide and Photographer then Your Sydney Guide is available for night photography sessions that can be tailored to be serious or fun or both. Whether it’s Canon, Nikon or your smartphone, I can look after you and if you need to borrow a tripod and want to learn some tips for perfect exposures then that is all part of the service. Click the Sydney Tours to read about more Sydney Tour options or use the Contact page to touch base and make a booking.
See you around Sydney soon.
Scott at Your Sydney Guide