LETS TRY THAT AGAIN: COMMUTING TO SYDNEY

 

Day two and instead of taking the Sydney fast ferry I took the Manly fast ferry. The same boat that I had taken the night before from Darling Harbour to Manly beach, or so I thought.  It ended in the same location – Circular Quay. So I started walking, again.

A few shots of Manly Beach in the morning. Good morning Mr. Hemmingway.

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There are a lot of 40’s themed murals around.

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We always struggle finding good surf shops for things like flip flops and bathing suits for our boys. Not so in Australia, every other store is a surf shop of some type.

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My exit point.

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Sydney has a LOT of military ships kicking around. This one was coming into port. When I shot a few photos, they waved.

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This shot was from the night before. A big port.

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Not to get too far off track, but these two shots were from the night before also. The clown creeped me out.

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And a very big cruise liner in port.

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I laughed at this sign. I really wanted to go in and ask where I could get a good cappuccino.

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This building has no scientists according to this article.

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According to this article, Leopold struck out on his own on January 4th, 1888 (right side of the page).

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Almost at the office.

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Another good walk.

MANLY BEACH AT NIGHT

 

A few shots around the beach.

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From our room. Nice view.

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SHOOTING AROUND MANLY BEACH

 

While in Sydney, I kept playing with the HDR on my 5D. The biggest lesson when shooting handheld HDR is ghosting is a pain, and simply doesn’t work when there is motion. The options are to keep the originals (The 5D has the option of just keeping the combined HDR or keeping all shots) or shooting with the knowledge that you will discard a few shots (or a lot of shots, depending on the situation). An example of the ghosting below.

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Despite the handheld challenges, I do like the way it brings out the colors.

Now on to Manly Beach in Sydney. We wandered around Manly late in the afternoon after coming off a very long – 18 hour travel through the night. As you would expect the seafood choices were fantastic.

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I enjoyed the Fish Shack .. and we had a chuckle at their Est.

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I am not a big beer drinker, but sitting on the beach makes it taste different. I have a new favourite brew, and it is from Australia: Little Creatures pale ale.

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A few shots from Manly beach.

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Great food abounds.

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A very purple bike. I cannot picture myself riding this bike (smile).

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A side street, with graffiti art.

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A very cool little town.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

Our first beach Christmas (smile). They say Merry Christmas in Manly Beach … the handheld HDR way.

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The trees decked for Christmas.

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In Sydney they say Happy Christmas and I did find a Christmas tree.

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A very Merry Christmas in the sun.

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