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A strange light descended over Sydney Harbour this afternoon as the sky was filled with smoke from distant bushfires and the sun was only peering through a small hole in the clouds to the West. The Golden Hour hadn’t yet arrived either. The buildings in North Sydney appear to be glowing, but they are not lit up.

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UPDATE: When I posted this photo I didn’t realise the extent of the threat unfolding in the West of the city. I was simply marvelling at the photo opportunity. There are a lot of people who are now displaced with the threat of losing their homes. A great number of Rural Firemen risking their lives to get the fires under control. Godspeed to all these people.

Just a quick post today. I was kicked into gear yesterday morning after reading the post from another rider blogger – RevRider – “Finding Motivation Early in the Morning“. My knee had been playing up on me over the Christmas break (I had a knee reconstruction at the age of 20) and was causing me all sorts of trouble with my quadricep muscles. Dehydration from both the Summer heat and a few festive drinks over the break probably didn’t help either. For yesterday’s ride I needed all the motivation I could get, because the Bureau of Meteorology was predicting heatwave temperatures – 43 degrees Celsius (or 109 degrees Fahrenheit) in Sydney!

I planned the ride to be super early, and set my alarm clock for 4:30am. My bidons had big blocks of ice in them, and summer riding kit was donned . At 5am it was already 22 degrees and climbing, and the sun was about to present itself. As I took off on my warm up loop, which is probably one of the best in the world – along the edges of Sydney Harbour – I was awestruck by the sight that greeted me. At the end of the street it looked like what appeared to be a wall of cruise ship. It seems like everywhere I turn in Sydney now there is a cruise ship, and this is not the first time I have published a blog with cruise ships in them (Sunrise at Middle Harbour, Riding in the Silly Season in Sydney). Still it is pretty awesome to see the big ships bringing visitors keen to see my home town.

Riding - Cruise ships greeting me

Of course I was also greeted to another glorious Cycling Sunrise, this time overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a beautiful silhouette against the dawn light.

Riding - Sydney Harbour Bridge Sunrise

I took all these shots with a little Christmas present I received – a Canon Powershot G15. This is an awesome prosumer compact that I will be writing up an “amateur” review of in a later post. It is small enough for me to carry in my back pocket while I go for a ride too!

I am glad I got out, because not only was I greeted to a glorious Cycling Sunrise, but also I was able to smash out a few PBs against a couple of segments on a regular route around Glebe, Annandale, and Canada Bay. Quite chuffed that I was able to get a PB up the Lilyfield Road pinch too (12% maximum gradient over 300m climb). I got back home before 7am with the mercury pushing 25 degrees by this point. By 2pm that day it had hit the stifling 43 degrees as predicted and the last time I felt heat like that was on a stopover in Dubai.

Looking forward to some more riding later on in the week and I now how have a camera that can do the shots justice on me all the time. Although there are more heat wave temperatures on the way in the coming week… better that than rain.

Most people would take a rainy, windy, night as an opportunity to have a night on the couch in front of the tube. But I like to shoot photos, and I think the rain at night time provides a wonderful opportunity to get out and capture something different. I like night photography a lot, particularly the colours of artificial light and how different this light looks bouncing off reflective surfaces. Illuminations as my wife would say.

My location tonight was a simple one – Jones Bay Wharf. I once took refuge there having been caught out in a storm at the end of a night ride. After catching my breath I noticed the way the wharf caught the night lights and how the rain came through the gaps in the upper deck. I thought to myself that I would have to come back and shoot this with the SLR should the same conditions arise. Tonight presented that opportunity, though I think I lucked out on not receiving a more torrential downpour. What I was hoping to capture was streaks of light bouncing off the rain as it trailed down from the grates. But I got slightly different conditions, and a subject conveniently parked for my point of focus. All the images click through to my larger photos on Flickr.

Rainy Night on Jones Bay Wharf 1

I was hoping for the pale yellow opening to provide the showering from the grate, but the rain had eased up by the time I got there. The motorcycle was positioned perfectly, and I think the older styling suited the aging of the wharf’s skeletal structure.

So this was not quite the photo that I had been planning for. But I thought to maximise the situation, and shoot a few more photos for the evening. I went up a bit further and took the shot in reverse looking back the way I had come, still placing the motorcycle as the focal point. I like this shot better.

Rainy Night on Jones Bay Wharf 2

I prefer the colours exposed by the night lights cast against the stone cutting in the distance, but also the concrete colours of the wall and even the red bin cover. It all adds a bit of depth to the shot, and better reflects the varied activities that occur on the wharf.

So that was the location, but I wanted to get one last shot in. I started walking back to the car and then remembered that the wharf platform would be soaked, offering a perfect mirror to the night lights. I also knew well that I could probably find a location with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. Here is the shot, and it offered a good mix of lighting in the cloudy sky, strong diagonals, and a bit of colour thrown into the mix. I am happy with this third one too.

Rainy Night on Jones Bay Wharf 3

I will have to come back to this location when it is properly raining. Here is the location on Google Maps, it is my local area and within easy walking distance from the city.

Jones Bay Wharf - Google Maps Location

I will work on the cropping and exposure settings for next time. I didn’t wash any of the photos through Photoshop, other than the first to correct some of the vertical perspective via the crop tool. Focussing in the dark was challenging as well, and maybe I could extend the depth of field for the shots. I would love to hear from other photographers on how they would shoot the locations differently. Looking forward to the next spontaneous shooting opportunity.

Next clue for my header photo – the building is named after an ex-European Head of State from the late 60s to mid 70s. Time to giddy up and hit the sack.

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