The wonderful images you can produce from capturing sunrise with your camera makes waking up early in the morning worth the trouble. If you want to add sunrise photography to your photo memorabilia, one of the best places to visit is Sydney. Besides giving you a full view of the sun breaking into a blanket of sky, the city offers breathtaking scenery that glisten in the sunlight.
Exploring this part of South Wales allows you to fill your camera with stunning photos. Milsons Point is overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge that seems to glow under the early morning light. If you are planning to capture the bridge from different angles, take into consideration that the New Year’s Eve light show structure, which is set up yearly, is not dismantled until March. However, you can take a walk along the water to take photos of the city basking in sunlight.
To take advantage of wide angle shots, do not forget to pack a 10-22, 17-40 or 16-35mm lens. You can bring ND grad filters but they are not necessary because the sun will be on the left and you can control light in a single frame.
Mrs Macquarie’s Point
You will be happily clicking away with your camera when you are at Mrs Macquarie’s Point as it provides you with a view of two of the most iconic landmarks of Australia: Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Your photography tour of Sydney will not be complete without photos of Sydney Opera House, and you can take as many photos as you like when you are standing on Mrs Macquarie’s Point. When you are satisfied with your photos of the two landmarks, you can wander off to Luna Park which is nearby.
Attach a long lens to your camera to get clearer shots of the Opera House sails with the bridge in the background, but be quick about it because when the sun rises, the sails captured in the photo can overexpose. Mrs Macquarie’s Point is a great location to take a digital panorama of the Sydney Opera House and its adjacent structures.
The Bondi Icebergs pool, as if stretching far out into the ocean, will look great in photos, especially with Ben Buckler in the background. Before you are tempted to take a dip in the ocean-side pool, first capture the magnificent view with your camera. Bondi Icebergs is within walking distance from Bondi Beach, and if you are coming from somewhere else, you can get free parking until 8 a.m. As Bondi Beach is nearby, you can take great photos of activities on its shoreline.
The sun rising over Ben Buckler, along with the angle of the headland and the beach, can give a difficult dynamic range when shooting sunrise south down the beach. However, you can get a great contrast in your photos if the sky is diffused by clouds.
Both natural formations and man made structures in the seashore exhibit wonderful colours under the early morning light, so you can fill your camera with beautiful photos even if you are staying in only one spot along the coastline of Sydney. However as Sydney is the world’s largest natural harbour, there are so many locations you can explore to indulge in sunrise photography. So plan a trip to Sydney to capture great photos while collecting wonderful memories.