Posts Tagged ‘Sydney’

Sydney’s Best Coastal Walks: From Bondi To Bronte Beach

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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.

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A tidal pool near Tamarama Beach

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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.

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A surfer starts his day at Tamarama Beach

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 Watching the surfers at Tamarama Beach

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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.

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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.

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I can think of worse places to journal

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Brown rocks, waves and blue water make for an interesting layering of textures

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The rocks and waves can be hypnotic to watch

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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.

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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.

More info here: Bondi to Bronte 

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Australia’s Most Photogenic Pool: Bondi Icebergs

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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.

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Waves and sand splash into the Bondi Icebergs Club pool regularly

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Icebergs #jumpstagram

Bondi Icebergs POOL & Swim Club

1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

info@icebergs.com.au (02) 9130 3120

Mon – Fri: 6.00am – 6.30pm

Sat & Sun: 6.30am – 6.30pm

Sauna Closes 6.20PM

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Clouds and Sky: A Global Photo Essay

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Clouds and sand in the Hoanib River Valley, Namibia

It’s April and spring is in the air. That often means rain and cloudy skies. As a photographer, I much prefer a little dramatic cloud action to bright blue skies. Here are some of my favorite recent images to show why clouds can be a good thing. Namibia has the best clouds I’ve ever met. They add drama and softness to the often beautifully desolate landscape.

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Cloud reflections on the River Derwent

I recently visited Tasmania for the first time. The landscape reminded me a bit of Scotland, only the Southern Hemisphere’s version.

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#shotoniPhone6 unset panorama of the River Derwent 

The island had some gorgeous wispy clouds. This made it fun photograph landscape on the River Derwent at sunset. I liked framing the scene both vertically and shooting in panorama mode on my iPhone 6.

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Dramatic sunrise in Sydney

Clouds make all the difference when photographing sunrise and sunset. They are nature’s own filter, changing the color and mood of the magic hour.  I liked the way their texture complemented Sydney Harbour when I took this shot of the Sydney Opera House at sunrise.

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Blue hour clouds over the Olympics in Seattle

Seattle has too many gray days for my taste. But when the cloud cover is just right it can make for some fantastic colors during blue hour after sunset. I thought the Olympics looked particularly stunning bathed in pastel light this week.

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Where to Eat in Sydney: Mr. Wong For Dim Sum

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The house special: pork and asparagus wontons

Sydney is one of my favorite cities to visit and I always enjoy checking out the food scene when I’m there. But unlike New York or LA where reservations are essential if you want to dine a hot foodie spot, many of Sydney’s of-the-moment restaurants don’t take reservations at dinner. The last thing I want to do when I’m traveling is wait in a line for over an hour for a meal.

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Solo diners can eat at the counter at Mr. Wong

Fortunately, Jonathan Fambart, the amazing concierge at the Park Hyatt Sydney, pointed out that many of these same restaurants do take reservations for lunch. So my husband and I switched our plans to make lunch the primary meal of the day. Jonathan got us a table at Mr. Wong, the contemporary Chinese restaurant run by the Merivale group.

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Craft cocktails at Mr. Wong focus on Shochu and fresh ingredients

While we had a table reserved, we opted to eat at the bar downstairs because it was slightly quieter. This is not a restaurant for serious conversation, as the brick walls and loft-like space make it rather loud. I started with a Yin martini made with shochu, vodke, Aperol, apricot brandy and fresh peach. It was not overly sweet and not Mad Men-strong, making it a nice choice for lunch.

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Dim sum being prepared in the kitchen at Mr. Wong

Dim sum is only available at lunch, and we ordered a few different things to share. I very much enjoyed the pork and prawn shumai (AUS $12). The duck spring rolls (AUS $12) were also a nice alternative to an entire Peking Duck.

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The oysters at Mr. Wong go for AUS $4 per piece

My husband very much enjoyed his rock oysters served drizzled with a ginger rice wine vinaigrette.

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Duck Spring Rolls at Mr. Wong

There are also a wide variety of roast meats and live seafood on the menu at Mr. Wong, should you be in the mood for mud crab, rock lobster or a whole roast duck.

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The Yin Martini at Mr. Wong

The atmosphere is stylish and the Central Business District location make Mr. Wong a popular spot for business lunches as well as dinners.

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The decor is Cantonese contemporary chic

The standout dish of the meal was the special pork and asparagus wontons (I can’t remember the price). They were exceptional and had the right amount of smokiness and heat. I was expecting the duck to the highlight of the meal but I can’t stop thinking about those wontons!

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The downstairs dining room and bar at Mr. Wong

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Mr. Wong exterior tucked away on Bridge Lane

If you don’t want to wait for a table for dinner, head to Mr. Wong for lunch. The pork & asparagus wontons are not to be missed.

Mr. Wong

Address: 3 Bridge Lane, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone:+61 2 9240 3000

Hours:

LUNCH Mon – Sun 12:00pm – 3:00pm
DINNER Mon – Wed 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Thurs – Sat 5:30pm – 12:00am
Sun 5:30pm – 10:00pm
YUM CHA Sat – Sun 10:30am – 12:00pm

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Sydney Harbour Time Lapse Comparisons: iPhone 6 vs. TimeLapse App vs. Hyperlapse

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Rainy morning in Sydney

On my recent trip to Sydney, my room at the Park Hyatt Sydney had a killer view of the iconic Sydney Opera House. I’ve shot some of my favorite time lapse videos here. The backdrop is especially stunning at sunrise, when the harbour come to life and starts buzzing with activity.

Since I knew I was going to be in this spot for a while, I decided to compare a few different #shotoniPhone6 time lapse options. I shot videos using my iPhone 6’s native camera time-lapse function, another using the TimeLapse app, and the third I made with the Hyperlapse app.

First up, the iPhone 6 Native Camera’s Time-Lapse feature: The iPhone’s built in time-lapse function:

I am happy with the  results I got using iPhone 6’s built-in Time Lapse function. The pacing works well for the clouds and rain and the traffic on the harbour. The downside: there is only one time lapse setting. So the results might not be as idea for different shooting situations like capturing crowds or night traffic.

Next, I tried shooting a sunrise time lapse using the paid version of TimeLapse app‘s Sunrise/sunset preset feature:

Morning Sunrise time lapse from my room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

I’m really happy with the resulting time lapse video and love that the app offers presets for different shooting situations. I think if you’re going to shoot time-lapse videos in a variety of different scenarios, this app is well worth the $4.99 as an additional tool for serious shooters.

Next, I shot a bit later in the day using the Hyperlapse app from Instagram. What Hyperlapse has going for it is image stabilization. It’s probably your best option when shooting a time lapse video handheld, if you don’t have a tripod or mount handy.

Sydney Harbour Hyperlapse

I think the resulting hyperlapse video is fun, but not substantial because the app’s default resolution is too low for my liking. Turns out there are “secret settings” you can unlock in Hyperlapse which are shown in this YouTube video.

My issue is that the secret settings are tricky to access, especially if you have cold fingers. But accessing them allows you to unlock an expanded range of options including higher resolution and more speeds. While I currently think Hyperlapse is your best option for handheld time lapse videos, and I’ll have to review my thoughts on as a serious tool for time lapse options after I use it with the unlocked range of functions, and the higher 1080 pixel resolution.

Park Hyatt Sydney

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia2000

Tel: +61 2 9256 1234

Fax: +61 2 9256 1555

Email: sydney.park@hyatt.com

 

 

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