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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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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Sunset at Centennial Parklands

These were photographed sometime beginning of summer last year.  I headed down to Centennial Parkland after work.  I arrived at the park a little late and I had only an hour and plus a bit minutes to the dusk.  I trotted across the park trying to photograph as much as I could.  A couple of photos (here and here) I had introduced in my old posts were taken at the time.

Luckily I caught scenes at sunset.

It was breath taking minutes.  It stopped me from making move and my feet were stuck on the ground completely.

I came back to myself and I trained my camera to the scene, then, I noticed that there were two ducks near me who were busy with pecking the ground for dinner.  One of them stopped from pecking and stared at the sunset for seconds.  This coincidence brought me smile to the face, because we certainly shared the moment witnessing the sunset, even though the duck would have not recognized at me watching the sunset together.

It was a nice little episode and was made a nice memory.

The duck on my left stared at the sun setting in (well, to me, it looked like doing so..)

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Chasing reflection on the morning stroll in the Park

I took a morning stroll in the nearest park from my mother’s house.  It was pleasant warm morning that a mild cool and dry breeze stroked my cheeks gently yet you could feel early summer that was being right next to you.

The park has a pond in the center of the premises. It’s being busy with boats and swan boats ‘cruise’ around by visitors during day time.

The one I saw in the morning was incredible, the surface on the pond was sleek smooth as if a mirror installed on the pond. 🙂  Sometimes the mild breeze stroke raised small ripples on the surface of the water.  Evert ripples produced different touch on the water and objects of which were reflected on were seen with various effect.

It was the morning making me proud of myself for catching up this beautiful world of fresh green, on the last day with the perfect weather.

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Boats off duty

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Parked swan boats that will be busy later.

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Muttering at departure gate

It’s 8:25pm and final call for boarding will be called soon.

It’s already long day today and I am going to take a 9 hours night flight for to be landed at my destination.

See you Sydney in two weeks. I will miss you 🙂

Hello Japan, stay still and here I come.

I will stop mumbling as moving toward the gate for boarding, with the beautiful morning shot at Manly beach, NSW.

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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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End of blue hour

This photograph was one of the earliest shots I released at sunrise photography on Sunday, while the previous photo was taken end of photography time.

I saw twilight along horizon and I was thrilled.  Dawn till sunrise is always special for me as it ensures me feel new energy of ‘beginning’, which makes me easy to release anything annoying / negativity that occupies me in the mind and reminds me a new start.

Well, generally I wake up fairly early in the morning and spend a few minutes viewing the sky at balcony (and greet).  Being so, seeing the moment of the sun popping up from horizon is somewhat different.

Anyway, here is one for today and I hope this photo is ok to tell about what the serene Sunday morning I felt was like.

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Dramatic clouds

Today is the last day of Daylight Saving Time in Sydney and I kicked my bum to start my day a bit earlier to photograph sunrise at a beach, because this is last chance for taking advantage of sunrise seen in ‘late’ time (now it’s at past 7am, but from tomorrow it should be at past 6 am).

So I went to Manly beach for it but unfortunately I could not see the moment where the sun popping up from the ocean as it was a little cloudy.  In stead, however, the sun showed me its face between layers of clouds lied over horizon, which produced beautiful ray of lights followed by.

This is why I can not stop photography.  There is always something to happen out there.  In the very beginning at the beach, I certainly did not see sunrise as I had wished, but it ended up because I saw another form of beautiful morning sky like below.

Well, usually I do not submit my participation twice for one subject of the challenge, but I will exceptionally allow myself to break my rule and make them my second entry for this week Weekly Photo Challenge:  Rise/Set (first entry is here).

I think these photos deserve it, and I hope you will enjoy them too..

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