Basking in the frame

Peaking the relaxed ambience over the open window of an Italian cafe in Sydney.

坂の多いシドニーではこうした半地下のお店も見かける。特に旧い建物にそれが多い。

このイタリアン・カフェはいつも賑わい、この日も朝から活気に溢れていたので思わず一枚。窓枠の中は今日も美味しいコーヒーと楽しいお喋りで溢れていた。

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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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Snaps at The Grounds of Alexandria

Here are a couple of snapshots I took at The Grounds of Alexandria, one of Sydney’s most famous and successful cafes.

They opened sometime 5 or 6 years ago in the concept of ‘organic fresh from the garden to the table’ ( something like that, I thought…) and became popular quickly.

My lazy character trait and crowd hatred nature, however, took me this long to visit them.  We went there quite early in one beautiful winter morning.  It was still quiet with less people at that time.  Actually, their serving coffee was good and breakfast was delicious.  The former warehouse has good space for them to make the cafe premises the nice farm styled amusement space.  There was no doubt why they are so popular.  The Grounds are great spot for both locals and tourists.  By the time we finished our breakfast, the site was getting much busier with crowd (as expected).  I was lucky to have took some photos before they were filled with people.

For more details about them, here is the link; https://thegrounds.com.au/

Anyway, it was a lovely morning cafe time I had. 🙂

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They seem be very popular for wedding ceremony and reception also.
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There were a few stalls preparing for ‘farm fresh’ products displayed on.   This stall was for fruits.
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This stall was for freshly baked breads and sweets.

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The florist.  They were lovely but the cotton was the best as I had posted in here.

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Resting

This was photographed when I explored path in a park which I had seldom visited.

The main part was made open for sports people that tennis courts and field were available to play. At that time there were people with their dogs unleashed while some others were playing football.

I found some small boats including this after I passed those area and stepped into the path led to a bit of bush. I liked the quiet ambiance produced by the boats and surrounding. It was a good contrast with the ambience at the sports field.

And this is my contribution to this week’s

Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole .

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens 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.

Resting

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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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Leaving foggy Sydney behind

This was caught in the same morning when I took them.

I love watching and photographing fog and haze so I was lucky to get to the spot though it was just before clearing all up.

This photo is my contribution to this week’s

Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole.

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens 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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Catching foggy morning in Sydney

This morning I was completely failed my morning plan.  I was supposed to get up before 5 am for catching sunrise but turned out staying in bed until past 6 am, my lovely two fellas kept banging me and mate in order to wake up.

So I was going to touch and do a little work on my incomplete art work after I fed them, however, once I looked ahead from my balcony, I saw that there was a heavy milky colored blanket covered entire Sydney city.

It’s not hard to imagine that I stormed off from my place next 10 minutes with camera on my hands, to dash out to the spot below.

The heavy fog was getting to be rolled away by the time I arrived.  However, since it was just after the sunrise, the view all over wrapped in soft and mystic mood tinged in pink tone.

On top, it was almost a year ago when I photographed foggy Sydney last time, I was quite excited at this meet-and-greet this big blanket again.

Forecasts say the rain will be back tomorrow through to this weekend.  Although I missed a morning photography as I had initially planned, I thanks to my luck as it ended up having this fantastic shooting time in stead of it!

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Just at sunrise.  It was when foggy morning turning to some hint of pink.
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Sydney Ferry leaving off foggy city behind

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The sun was gone quite high and last note of fog were clearing.

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Townhall in the morning

This was photographed sometime ago on one weekend morning. I like the ambient I felt there; quiet and surrounded in peace, which I would not see on weekday mornings.

Morning light made it clock tower and other buildings behind it outstanding in the scene. QVB was against the light but still blurry shone by the reflection which came from the building taking sunshine at the opposite.  That’s another point I thought of it good.

And this is my submission to Monochrome Madness this week hosted by Leanne Cole.

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

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Aerial view of Sydney

Here are some lucky shots of Sydney city and suburbs I managed from return flight from Japan.

I was on the isle seat but luckily there was no one next to me on the window seat, I was granted to use two seats straight.

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Royal National Park approaching on my right.
Royal National Park is approaching on my right.

I am not that keen for photography with drone, but still it is a big joy to view the world from high point.

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