Ian Cambourne  


Old & New Sydney by Ian Cambourne

November 2019 - Old & New Sydney

November 2019 - Ian Cambourne

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A few weeks ago a friend and I wanted to go and photograph the sunrise at a Sydney beach. Sadly, the early am hours very overcast and drizzling with rain, so we changed our plans and headed for the city instead. This image shows some of our oldest part of Sydney known as "The Rocks", together with some of newer Sydney in the background. To my immediate left and just out of frame is our Overseas terminal where cruise ships berth. On the other side of that is the Opera House. After at least a 90 minute drive beginning at 3am, I was determined to get some images. Sony a850; Sigma 50mm lens; ISO 100; f4; 1/3 second and tripod mounted.


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12 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Are the images reversed? The colors are more pleasant in the "original."   Posted: 11/01/2019 16:11:59

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Hi Stephen, thanks for dropping in again. No the images aren't reversed. In the original the sky was captured quite a bit bluer and the stone and brick wall on right of frame a lot warmer than they really were. Yes the colours are nice and vibrant, but at the time of capture it was cold and drizzling rain. The main image is truer to what I saw at the time of capture.   Posted: 11/04/2019 03:53:44

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Ah, you are being true to what you saw--admirable! And a good mood capture--rainy days make great pictures.
I did a tiny bit of perspective adjustment, although I don't usually like to do that, since it is not honest to what the eye saw. What do you think?   Posted: 11/04/2019 19:38:48
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Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Stephen, can I ask what software the perspective adjustment was done in please. I'm still very much a novice with post processing. I like the way the wall on the right has straightened up better. Thanks   Posted: 11/07/2019 02:45:09
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Ian, I use an old version of PhotoShop Elements. I find it more than adequate for all basic post-processing. But there are lots of other options that I hear our groups talking about, which I know nothing about.   Posted: 11/07/2019 03:26:10
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Stephen. I had a look at your chain image in your group this month a few days ago and was going to suggest printing it on metal, but a few others have already suggested that, so I will mention it here. Great image, I love the harshness and coldness of the chains.   Posted: 11/07/2019 03:36:45

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Nice capture. I particular like how the street separates the old buildings (and palm tree) in the right from the new part in the left. It is an eternal dilemma the white balance for the night shots. I personally prefer the original, somehow warmer.
Perspective adjustment is easy even in Lightroom and to a certain extent it is not considered unethical, since the lens could also distort.   Posted: 11/11/2019 01:47:58
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thank you for your thoughts Janos. I am still very much a learner with much of post processing, but I feel I am getting better at it.   Posted: 11/21/2019 01:03:03

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Beautiful capture and composition. The rainy day and the reflection of the ground on the picture are beautiful. I like the grey color of the sky of the picture but also prefer the original warm color of the building of the right-hand side and the street.   Posted: 11/19/2019 22:43:21
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks for your comments Peter. May I ask you a question please? Do you have any thoughts about the low camera angle? I had my tripod at its lowest height, about knee level. I was trying to use the converging lines of the street lights on the right and the line where the road surface changes starting lower left corner, to lead the viewer's eye into the image and also to the buildings in the distance.   Posted: 11/21/2019 01:00:53

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Beautiful image with the rain and the old vs. new. Like it very much. composition is excellent and the mood it sets makes the shot. Gray rainy days can be appealing!   Posted: 11/20/2019 16:08:49
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thank you Sherry. Whenever I go out on these early morning shoots I am so determined to get results. I have to leave my home at 3am and drive for at least 90 minutes. Welcome back.   Posted: 11/21/2019 01:11:25