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Fotoeins Friday: Family outing at North Bondi (Sydney)

This post is the third of five Fotoeins Fridays in June, all from Australia’s most populous city, Sydney.

I found myself at North Bondi at various times; there are fewer people, a larger fraction of residents out and about, and the wave action is much stronger against the rocky cliffs and outcrops on the shoreline. A young family was on a stroll as mum showed her son examples of ocean life with their faithful dog darting in and out of the way. Fortunately, I managed to snap a frame where little biped and little quad both looked down into the fissure at the geographic feature called Flat Rock.

I made the photo above on 28 March 2013 with the Canon 450D, 70-300 glass, and settings: 1/320-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 180mm focal length (288mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com at https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bCm.

Fotoeins Friday: Parbury Lane at Dawes Point (Sydney)

This post is the second of five Fotoeins Fridays in June, all from Australia’s most populous city, Sydney.

In one of the oldest sections of the city, I wander over to the Clifftop Walk and to Parbury Lane with a view to Piers 1 to 3 in Walsh Bay and the city landmark that is the Harbour Bridge. There are few people around, save for the occasional resident running errands or poked their head out the door to say ‘hello’. At the southern foot of the Harbour Bridge, the small peninsula is divided roughly east-west into The Rocks and Dawes Point, respectively.

I made the photo above on 16 March 2013 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-glass, and settings: 1/500-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com at https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bCf.

Fotoeins Friday: metro dash, afternoon rush in Sydney’s CBD

This post is the first of five Fotoeins Fridays in June, all from Australia’s most populous city, Sydney.

On my second visit to Sydney, I’ve been slowly walking the streets of the city’s CBD (central business district or downtown area). It’s been warm here with temperatures in the low +20s C (70s F) during the first week of spring. I’ve just departed the Museum of Sydney and when I’ve reached Australia Square, the sun is setting directly in front of me at Curtin Place. With manual settings to the smallest aperture and long exposures, I raise my camera as a city bus races down the street.

I made the photo above on 29 September 2010 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-glass, and the following settings: 3-sec, f/29, ISO800, and 49mm focal length (78mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-5qZ.

HMAS Sydney I Memorial Mast, Bradleys Head, Sydney, NSW, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: HMAS Sydney I memorial, Sydney Harbour

5 October 2012.

I’m on board Sydney Ferries on a day trip to the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Our ferry departs Circular Quay, and makes the requisite sail-by the Opera House on our way to Watsons Bay. We come across a grand ship memorial with the harbour’s mouth to the Pacific in sight. In the city’s north shore municipality of Mosman, the HMAS Sydney I Memorial Mast stands tall at Bradleys Head1 with a small lighthouse at the end, presumably warning boats to stay well back of shallow rocks in the vicinity. In the background are Hornby Lighthouse on South Head at left-centre, and the steep cliffs at North Head where land drops into the Pacific.

Commissioned as a unit of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) light cruiser “Sydney” (the First) saw action in World War I. In late-1914 on convoy duty to transport Australian troops to Europe, the Sydney set off to investigate the presence of enemy vessels near the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and found the German cruiser Emden which had been wreaking havoc in the Indian Ocean for two months. The two ships engaged in the Battle of Cocos with the Emden eventually running aground and defeated on Keeling Island, marking the RAN’s first ship-to-ship engagement and the first victory.

After the ship was decommissioned in 1928 and disassembled into scrap metal in 1929, the mast was purchased and installed at Bradleys Head in time for the visit by The Duke of Gloucester in 1934. With the latest round of restorations the memorial was rededicated in 2013. The HMAS Sydney I memorial is the only naval monument in Australia to which ceremonial honours must be delivered by all passing Australian naval ships.

More

•   New South Wales state, Office of Environment and Heritage
•   Monument Australia
•   Mosman in World War 1

1In the mid-19th century Bradleys Head was assigned for additional fortification as part of a network to defend Sydney Harbour, but by 1859, the fort was no longer used, and by 1870, British troops departed, leaving the colonies on the southern continent to fend for themselves.

During my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 5 October 2012 with the Canon 450D, 70-300 zoom, and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/8, ISO200, 135mm focal length (216mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-ak1.

Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia - 30 Sept 2012

Fotoeins Friday: Sydney soap sphere in Hyde Park

30 September 2012.

Hyde Park, Sydney.

It’s a beautiful Labour Day holiday-weekend in the Australia’s New South Wales, complete with early-spring sun, blue skies, and comfortable +21C/70F temperatures. Located in Sydney’s city centre, Hyde Park is not only the oldest park in the city, but also the oldest park in Australia. The area was originally used as a staging ground for soldiers, and in 1810, was officially recognized as a “common” (open land for public use). Then-governor Macquarie named the common after Hyde Park in London, England.

Near the park’s Archibald Fountain, a gentleman blowing soap bubbles large and small attracts a crowd, young and old alike. Patience forms a well-formed stable spherical bubble, as these two young ladies seem thrilled to be caught “inside.”

During my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 30 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/5, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a9y.

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