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Where to Try Night Photography in Sydney

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by Richard Ramnac (subscribe)
I simply enjoy discovering and writing about places in and around Sydney. Instagram: @richrammo Twitter: @richramo
Published January 9th 2012
So you received a sparkling new Digital SLR camera for Christmas, but now what to do with it? Taking random photos of friends and family is a lot of fun, but if you want to do something more with your camera, and have a little patience, then read on.

From testing out the waters, I've been lucky enough to be at at few key locations at dusk with my trusty Canon D60 and my old tripod. I have spent many a weekend looking for great photography spots around Sydney, so I have added a few where I have had some success.

Birkenhead Point

Birkenhead Point is located 10 minutes away from the Sydney CBD, the best mode of transport to get there is by car, or possibly boat. Head across to the east side of Birkenhead Point bridge and set up your equipment at King George park over looking the water. Below is my favorite shot from this location late on one Sunday afternoon.

Birkenhead Point
King Georges Park - Birkenhead Point

Neutral Bay

Neutral Bay is one of the key locations for taking a great shot of Sydney's most famous icon, the Harbour Bridge. Find a spot near the waters edge and set up your tripod and start shooting away. From this location, you can also take some great shots of the cityscape.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Night Shot of the Bridge from Neutral Bay

Opera House
Night shot of the Opera House from Neutral Bay

​​​​South Head

Schedule some spare time and enjoy the peaceful walk along the water, starting at Double Bay and onward to South Head. Here is some further information about the Double Bay to South Head walk. All along the walk and particularly into the late afternoon there are a number of spots to stop and take some great photos, not only of some of the local fauna and flora but of Sydney Harbour. Along the walk there are some prime positions, which aren't as well known to the general public as others.

Sydney Landscape at Dusk from South Head
Sydney Landscape at Dusk

Waverton / Lavender Bay

A walk around Lavender Bay and Waverton especially at Quiberie Park and Waverton Peninsula at dusk, are great positions to be able to take some fantastic shots of Sydney Harbour. Some of my most interesting shots have been taken from these locations. I've had some success with shots that have a nice balance of sky, water, boats and a backdrop of the bridge and the city.

Bridge Shot from Waverton
Bridge Shot from Waverton

Long Reef

Long Reef is one of my favorite locations to take photos from. It is about 20 kms north of Sydney. The prime position is behind the Long Reef Golf Course either near or on the rocks looking back towards the golf course at dusk. The formation of the rocks and the shadow cast can be quite amazing if the light is just right. Below is my favourite photo from this spot.

Long Reef Reflections
Long Reef Reflections

If you been able to take some great shots at different locations around Sydney, please share them with the community in the comments section.
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Why? Photography is a great relaxing hobby
When: Spring / Summer
Where: In and Around Sydney
Cost: Free
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