Ringing in 2018

Huge huge thanks to Richard and Sandy for inviting us over to their place to catch the pyrotechnics display over Sydney last night!

They have a stupendous view, not just of the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge, but also of the length of the Sydney Harbor, packed with sailboats anchored all along the waters edge.

It was a most lovely end to 2017. We rang in 2016 two years ago with pretty much the same group of friends, then from kayaks on the water. This time, we had the luxury of the bird’s eye view.

Blues Point was already packed with tents at 6am!

Glad we didn’t have to wait out in the rain, then hot sun all day.

Here’s to an amazing 2017, and cheers to more adventures in 2018!

Vivid Sydney

It’s been a while since I lifted the camera. Couple of weekends. I just dreamt of trying to taking pictures though. Bit of a weird one. In the first scene, I was struggling to use my DSLR and wondering why the controls weren’t working until I realized Jeff had somehow managed to jam a Nikon lens onto my Canon body. In another sequence, I was using my Sony RX underwater set up, and I had a fancy rig with two strobes and a snoot, in a room with stairs that was somehow underwater and had little nudibranches crawling about.

Ah well. Anyway, we had been looking forward to joining some friends for a camping and photography trip down in Kiama last weekend, when I got felled with the cold, literally in the last minutes before we were slated to leave. Initially, I thought I could fight it off with a long night’s sleep, and we could join the gang later on Saturday, but instead I felt worse come Saturday. Boo.

Anyway, here are a couple shots from this year’s Vivid Sydney. I’m glad I got to bring my mum around to see the lights this year; she missed the festival by a couple of weeks last year.



Vivid in Sydney



I joined the crowds by Circular Quay tonight to check out the Vivid light displays over the Opera House. The quay was packed. There were dozens of photography groups clustered at the front of the cruise terminal, alongside casual onlookers armed with their iPad screens. I was lazy, and so didn’t bother setting up my tripod, relying instead on a higher ISO. Should have though; most of my images aren’t as crisp as they should be. :/

Decided to walk home across the bridge after too, and happily the low wall of the pylon proved stable enough to balance my camera for a couple of longer exposure photos.

Hoping to check out more displays again this weekend. This time, I’ll dig out my tripod. Heh.


Sunsets in Taveuni, Fiji

We got lucky with the weather. It had been raining steadily the few days before we arrived, and was pretty wet the Saturday afternoon we landed. But the clouds steadily cleared up such that by Sunday evening, patches of blue sky could be seen overhead.

Spearfishermen at night
Spearfishermen at night
Our little haven for the week, Nakia Resort & Dive

Taveuni sunset

Taveuni sunset 1
Sunsets over the Somosomo Strait

Taveuni sunset 2

Taveuni sunset 3


Jeff reviewing his dive videos from the day
Jeff reviewing his dive videos from the day


Nakia Resort
The moon was waxing the week we arrived. It set at midnight Sunday, then at a later hour each night. The half moon meant we enjoyed slighter currents though. I’m not sure we could have handled 4-6 knots of current!