An another winter morning

… that I witnessed as it began the day with this masterpiece, just spread in front of myself at the balcony.

Beautiful yet overwhelming.

I see this type of complex art painted over sky canvas more in winter season rather than summer.

And that morning assured me that this is why I like Sydney in winter season and I do not mind waking up in the darkness (well, mostly for my cats awaiting for breakfast..).

冬の朝、日の出前に起きるとこんな光景に遭遇する。空いう広大なカンバスに描かれた作品。見とれているその横からどんどん絵が変わっていく。

圧倒されるその美しさ。でもこんな贅沢に出会えるからシドニーの冬が好きなんだ。

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Curves and Straights

To be honest, this was not photographed recently but was taken in Japan 2 years ago.

My friend and I stayed overnight at the hotel.  It was her final night in Japan and my first night there.

It was taken at the balcony of the room we stayed.  The skies turned to blush in early morning which was enough for the hint to thrill me to see the sunrise.

Unfortunately the sun seemed to have popped up behind us the hotel building, however, I still enjoyed the view I caught, as lines of curves of the architecture led to Tokyo Bay, lay ahead in the straight line.

This is my (belated) contribution to Tina Schell’s Lens-Artists Challenge #28 – CURVES.

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Majestic sky

…that I saw this morning.  The world was began in totally grey and heavy and thick clouds, and it suddenly put some pink shades piping the clouds and turned the world to be bright.  This dramatic sky lasted only 10 to 20 minutes ( i do not know the exact length, but it is how I felt), and quickly disappeared in heavy and thick blanket of clouds.

I was really lucky to witness this magical sky in the morning, thank you Bleu and Shiraz for banging me to get me out of the bed (for their breakfast..).  🙂

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This was literally the first shot I took in Gold Coast.

We took a very early flight (departed Sydney at 6:10am) and put our luggage onto the accommodation to head to a local cafe (a particular cafe which my friend loves) for the breakfast.  I caught this on our way to the cafe walking along the beach.

I thought this photo was as good in contrast of bright yellow of Life Guard shed in the bright blue sky.  Then I turned it into black and white, and found it good too.

Can you see the skyline of high-rise buildings?  The symbolic Surfers Paradise skyscrapers never get absent its existence, but it actually helped me to make my photo a little bit unique in perspectives.  Yes, they are caught in frame in number of photos I took in GC.  😉  I will share a few more in later posts…

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Morning photography at Bondi Beach

I did not spend time for photography recently (as I mentioned in my earlier post) and it made me a bit stressed.  The best way to release the stress is to take my camera and get out out of house.  So I did it this week that lazy me got up very early in the morning to catch sunrise.

I chose Bondi Beach for photo spot, because (luckily) I had an appointment first in the morning at Bondi Junction, so why not to start my day earlier to capture morning shots before I showed up for the appointment.  Sunrise in winter time is rather late (and that is one reason I like winter season) so it is not hard to get to the photography point, as long as I enough arm myself for wind protection.

When I arrived, the sky was quite clear but clouds laying in lower sky like sash belt, which I did not expect and a bit worried if all the morning climax was happened behind the cloud.  Soon I realized that it was my over concern, that the clouds started making  morning sunlight more dramatic yet turning the world in lovely pastel tone in the background.

I am in the middle of selecting photos of which I will keep out of 80 shots I took in the morning.  Once I tidy them up (and I was lucky to find my favorites in them), I am back here and share about them with you.

Here are first two.  It was chilly but nice morning.  🙂

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A sky canvas in winter morning

What is good about winter season for me is that sunrise comes in later in the early morning window.

I like summer because day goes long due to longer hours of sunlight yet bright and warm, but often it is hard for me to get up even earlier to catch the beautiful sky art before the sun pops up.  Well, I generally get up not that late, sometime between 0530 and 0600, but it was not enough early if I want to catch beautiful dawn.

Whereas, winter often describes as miserable season that makes people gloomy due to shorter sunshine hours and coldness (and dark, perhaps).

However, sunrise and window of my morning routine fits much better here in Sydney in winter.

My motivation to morning photography is getting to quiet these days but that sky canvas I saw yesterday pulls my chin up for it once again.  🙂

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A hazy sunset in Tokyo

I am glad to have this week almost finished because I am a bit tired already likely due to a ‘bullet’ super short trip to Tokyo I did on past weekend by taking night flight on Friday last week after work, then gone through some meetings on Sat/Sun, then I was already in Sydney by Tuesday morning.

Well, I am not bitching about it because the all on the trip scheduled was worthwhile to do and I am happy to get the all itinerary completed.  I will have to do this once again this month, and I know the only challenge for me to get over on next trip will be the temperature gaps between the two sites; winter Sydney vs rainy sticky Tokyo, that’s all.  Appreciate minimal time-zone difference laid between the two countries  🙂

Anyway, since the trip was short and packed with plans to carry out, I took little chance for photography.  Last day, however, I managed to a short time for it and dashed into Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office on its 45th floor’ lookout.

I wished to catch a sunrise seeing the sun sinking down to the end, but it was hidden in the clouds way before its setting itself down, which was this.  🙂

It’s not my first time to visit there but I have not got the luck to catch sunrise.  Though I could not tick off this time for the photography,  I still enjoyed the view; every sunset is different.  🙂

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Out of water

Boats were disembarked on the ground.  Thick clouds bringing shower behind them got to rolling in.

This was photographed from a view deck of TranzAlipine railway in NZ.  It was a simple snapshot of an ordinary scene, but I like how the clouds behind boats made the shot a bit more dramatic.

This is my submission to this week’s Monochrome Madness by Leanne Cole.

Monochrome Madness is the community she hosts for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos.  Here gives me a great opportunity and challenges about monochrome images.  As it is open community, everyone can participate.

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