Colors in the Kantju Gorge in Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park at sunset
Almost as soon as I arrived in the Australian Outback at Longitude 131, it was time to head to Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) to take the Mala Walk around the base of the sacred rock. We hiked around the base and explored a few caves and wound up in Kantju Gorge just in time to watch the sunset, when the color of the rock was most vivid and changed every few minutes.
#shotoniPhone6 Time-Lapse Video from Kantu Gorge, Uluru (aka Ayers Rock)
The crew from Longitude 131 met us in the gorge with small bites and beverages so we could enjoy a sundowner while watching the colors shift during sunset at Uluru.
The view from one of the aboriginal caves along the Mala Walk
The colors shifted every few minutes
Looking straight up at Australia’s biggest Rock Star
What Not to Do at Uluru: don’t walk on the rock
Although many tourists come to Ayers Rock intent on bragging rights about climbing it, it’s really not cool to do so. Uluru is considered sacred by it’s aboriginal owners, the Anangu. There are signs everywhere making it very clear that they would prefer you NOT climb the 1.6 kilometer path up the rock.
The steep climb is also very dangerous and several climbers have died. The Anangu people have been known to attend the funerals of climbers who have died. The narrow path is often closed due to high winds. If you want to see the view from the top, take a scenic helicopter tour instead.
I asked my husband to be a makeshift tripod when filming a cloud hyperlapse.
Pro tip: if you’re going to use your husband as your photo assistant and ask him to hold still while you shoot a hyperlapse on his iPhone 6, it’s best to get him a cocktail first.
Some of the spectacular scenery along the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte Beach
If you’re looking for one of the best things to do in Sydney, Australia, try walking along the coast from Bondi to Bronte Beach.
Bondi Beach waves video (shot on iPhone 6)
The easy 6 kilometer round trip walk runs along a well marked path and passes craggy cliffs, coves filled with surfers and sweeping crescents of sand where you can watch sunbathers and beach volleyball.
A tidal pool near Tamarama Beach
Left: the worn cliffs along the coastal walk Right: a seagull takes in views
Past Bondi is Tamarama Beach, also known as “Glamarama” due to the attractive locals who flock there to surf. It has strong riptides and isn’t ideal for swimmers. But it’s great if you want to watch the surfers chase some tasty waves.
A surfer starts his day at Tamarama Beach
Watching the surfers at Tamarama Beach
A surfer near Tamarama
There are also quite a few point along the rocky cliffs between Bondi Beach and Bronte beach to sit down and enjoy the scenery. Many a selfies has been taken here.
Some scenic points along the coast on the Bondi to Bronte walk
Several people seemed to enjoy finding a quiet spot on the cliffs to read, write, and take pictures.
I can think of worse places to journal
Brown rocks, waves and blue water make for an interesting layering of textures
The rocks and waves can be hypnotic to watch
The dramatic cliffs make this walk ideal to take photos
The scenery along the Bondi to Bronte Coastal walk is quite a stunning backdrop. There are a few staircases along the way, which make for good photos.
A touch of green along the coastal walk near Bronte Beach
The walk is easy, save for a few staircases. I’d suggest stopping by restaurant of the moment Bondi Hardware for a bite and a craft cocktail after taking this walk. They have far better food than Icebergs.
Cloudy morning view from the Park Hyatt Sydney, looking towards the Opera House
Traveling to Australia, where it’s currently the middle of winter, during what is one of the longest weeks of daylight in the USA is really strange. While Sydney’s weather is temperate year round, winter’s shorter days can be kind of cloudy and rainy. Much like Los Angeles (during a non-drought year), it’s pleasant, but not the stuff postcard views are made of.
The Park Hyatt Sydney has amazing views of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House. My room, an Opera King, had two small balconies overlooking the Opera House. I shot one time lapse from each of the room’s balconies.
Sydney Harbour awakens at Sunrise (iPhoneonly video)
The moody winter clouds made for some dramatic, if not particularly colorful skies. I love watching the color temperature shift as the sun rose. I also like how this video has the jogging path in the foreground for some additional interest on the ground. Both time lapse videos in this post were shot using the native camera on my iPhone 6.
I travel with a portable clamp called an In Your Face Viewbase which I use as tripod. It’s small enough that it fits into my bag or purse and is easy to travel with. It works as a tripod if you can clamp it to something.
Winter Sydney Sunrise overlooking the Opera House
The second morning there was a little more action on Sydney Harbour, so while the colors still don’t massively pop, the boats are fun to watch. I can’t resist shooting time lapse videos wherever I’m staying here. It’s so much fun watching Sydney Harbour come to life in the morning, even if the weather isn’t the greatest.
Enjoying a flat white on a winter morning at the Park Hyatt Sydney
This image of Namibian elephants won 2nd place in the Nature category of the 9th annual IPPAwards
I’m excited and honored to announce that two images I shot on my iPhone 6 in Namibia both won iPhone Photography Awards (also known as the IPPAwards).
My winning images, both shot while on safari in Namibia, each placed 2nd in their respective categories, Nature and Animals.
This elephant family image placed 2nd in the Animals category of the IPPAwards
It’s fantastic to have these photos included in such an amazing group of photos, all shot and edited on iDevices.
A screenshot from the IPPAwards Winners site
Mobile photos I shot on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and in Jaipur both received Honorable Mentions in the Travel category.
This image was taken on the Roaring Dunes of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park
Sweet Ride in Jaipur also received an honorable mention in the Travel category
I was especially excited to see that one of my favorite images, of Emms, my safari guide at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, received an Honorable Mention in the People category.
Emms on the Roaring Dunes
This image below, of a piano in Paris, also was awarded an honorable mention in the iPhone Photo Awards Still Life category.
I also received an Honorable Mention in the Panorama Category, with another image I took (this one on my iPhone 5s) in the Skeleton Coast.
Skeleton Coast Park panorama, Namibia
I’m thrilled these images were recognized by the IPPAWARDS. The award winning galleries are incredibly impressive and I find the Architecture images especially awe-inspiring. Check out the Gallery of Award winners on the iPhone Photo Awards site. Congrats to all the winners and honorable mentions– they are all spectacular. I’m glad to see so many names I know from the global mobile photography community listed, as well discovering new photographers worth following.
The famous and often photographed oceanfront pool of Bondi icebergs
If pools were supermodels, the Bondi Icebergs Club oceanfront pool would be either Miranda Kerr or Elle Macpherson. It’s pure Australian, often photographed, and does not have a bad angle.
I shot this fun time lapse using the native camera on my iPhone 6 from the bar at Icebergs
If you’re visiting Sydney, you should know that Bondi Beach a little out of the way, and a little bit hippy dippy. But Bondi has a fun surf scene, great dining spots, and great people watching. But it’s the incredible pool located at Bondi Icebergs Club that is one of it’s most photographic sights.
Waves and sand splash into the Bondi Icebergs Club pool regularly
Pool or ocean, swimmers take their pick
I just had a brief layover in Sydney and decided to make a point to fight my jet lag and go to Bondi Beach in an attempt to get a decent shot of this supermodel swimming pool without going in it. It’s winter in Sydney and this pool is cold. That’s why so many of the swimmers wear full wet suits while doing laps.
Into the blue at the Bondi Icebergs pool
I have an irrational fear of sharks in swimming pools. As much as my husband likes to tease me about this fear, even he agrees if there were ever going to be a shark in a swimming pool, this would be the one. I am much happier shooting photos.
Bondi Got Back
If you’re in Sydney and want to see the Bondi Icebergs pool for yourself, take an Uber not a taxi. It’s less expensive and a far more pleasant experience. I’d also suggest skipping dining at Icebergs and instead head to nearby Bondi Hardware. Pop into the bar at Icebergs for a drink only (and a great perspective of the pool).