Silver House (Featured Image) – Leica M9 – 35mm Summicron f/2 ASPH
Just four days, don't get me wrong, whilst the break was most welcome I can now tell you from experience that this is nowhere near enough time to even scratch the surface of this beautiful city. It's been a few years since we've visited a metropolis of this size so I guess I should try to keep things in perspective, however I believe I can say with some confidence that this "Wannabe Capital" of Australia has all the necessary ingredients to be just that.
There's an abundance of great architecture, beautiful coastline, trendy restaurants and cafe's and more culture than you can throw a stick at!!! Now I know what your probably thinking, those things are all well and good but aren't there lots of Australians there too....??? Well yes, to a point, but I have to say whilst they can be a little brash (certainly in Sydney), I really like the confidence they exude. I've only really witnessed this in sports before, not up close like this, having been there it's most definitely a national trait, one that extends much further than the sports field and one that in my opinion is to be admired. As with all major cities of the world Sydney is now "multi-cultural", this just add's to its appeal, strong Asian influences are everywhere and I have to admit I did enjoy hearing lots of English accents!! There's really only one way to approach a trip like this when time is in such short supply and that's to throw yourself right in to the tourist trail, at least then you'll see the sights and maybe next time you can be more selective, hopefully there will be a next time.
In a photographic sense there is everything an aspiring "tog" needs here, although in my case as I discovered soon after arrival this wasn't going to be all about me and my camera......clearly there comes a time when the camera needs to take a back seat, this was one of those occasions. Like most men I'm not the best at multi tasking so it was a case of watching the images pass me by, difficult at times but it also enabled me to relax and more importantly participate in the experience.
Hopefully I've captured just enough to do the city some justice, hopefully...
I have decided to do a separate post of images from the Sydney Fish Markets in the next few days.
Happy Chef - The Rocks - Leica M9 - 35mm Summicron f/2 ASPH
Antipodean Subway - Circular Quay - Leica M9 - 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1
Paddy's Market - Chinatown - Leica M9 - 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1
After Dark - Opera Quays - Leica M9 - 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1
Accidental Tourists - Central Station - Leica M9 - 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1
Opera House - Leica M9 - 35mm Summ icron f/2 ASPH
OK - Chinatown - Leica M9 - 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1
Kings Cross Emptiness - Kings Cross - Leica M9 - 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1
In Remembrance - Central - Leica M9 - 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1
88 - Bondi Beach - Leica M9 - 50mm Jupiter 3 f/1.5
Lanterns & Parasols - Leica M9 - 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1
Cheers - Opera Quays - Leica M9 - 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1