vivid sydney

Monday, June 03, 2013

Guys, I think I may have a damning confession to make. Before this year I've never attended Vivid Sydney, a real shocker for someone who's lived here her entire life... In past years the timing's always clashed with exams and all that other jazz, but guess what! Last week I finally managed to have a look around and catch up with friends in the process. As a first-timer I don't even think I saw half the things I was meant to, but whatever. I must've been on my feet for a good five hours, so if I walked all the way to the Opera House I think I might have died. P.S. you'll have to excuse my lack of night photography skills! Despite the fact that I brought a tripod, I'm still rusty when it comes to using manual settings...







Before doing any physical activity, I obviously had to satisfy my cravings for Japanese. What else is new? Anyway, I've probably eaten udon noodles a million times before but it's impossible for me to get sick of it... especially with that delicious ontama egg on top, oh my goodness.











After aimlessly walking around Darling Harbour, my friends and I realised that all the action was in Circular Quay and caught a ferry there. Best decision ever! There was a really nice view of the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park on the way. On that note, I've always thought the Luna Park face looked freaking creepy and never liked it. I take back everything whenever I see pictures of the Melbourne version, though...








If I had to choose, this display on the Museum of Contemporary Art was by far my favourite. I probably would have watched it all night if I had the chance, it was that mesmerising... Even though it's kind of a shame that the colours weren't as vibrant in real life, I guess that can't be helped!







We spotted this odd couple and their fancy outfits walking around the Rocks. It was pretty comical to watch, they'd both take a step every five seconds or so and ended up creating a following of people behind them. I saw them again ten minutes after this photo was taken, and they must've travelled about fifty metres in that time...







Within that area there were also installations in random museums and art spaces, which I found pretty cool! When you talked into these microphones, brass instruments would mimic you and the lights would flash accordingly. Pretty fun, even though our rendition of the Harry Potter theme song didn't exactly work out as planned...







Failed attempt at creating some fancy long-exposure shots. Anyway, that's it for now! Hopefully the animations weren't too much of a pain to load and you can actually see them... Making them was the easy part, but it was just so hard trying to reduce them to a decent file size afterwards. I hope you're having a great start to the week, and see you soon!

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22 comments

  1. Ahhh Japanese for dinner and Vivid Sydney afterwards, what a perfect way to spend the night! I haven't been to Vivid yet but I am eager to go because from what I have seen, it looks a lot better than previous years. My favourite would have to be the last photo, I've never seen one from that angle before :)

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  2. Last year's Vivid was amazing, but now that I live three hours away I'd have to miss this year's. :(

    Failed or not, I LOVE the long exposure shot.

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  3. Yay for finally getting to go! I'm catching it later this week, from your pictures it looks amazing this year. I love the gifs! I agree, it's hard to take photos, msot of mine come out really blurry.

    I've never thought to catch a ferry for Vivid though, that's a good idea. And haha I definitely agree re: our Luna Park and Melbourne's one.

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  4. What a spectacular lightshow! Its okay to be
    a tourist in your own town :P Love the gif.
    images and oh lord Japanese fooood <3

    Xx

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  5. Oh amazing! What an event that was to attend. So happy to hear you got the chance to go :)
    I think your night photography is great, and I can never resist Japanese food!

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  6. These pictures are absolutely sensational, and for night photography, you did great. What camera/lens do you use?? You are so lucky to be living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I'm so jealous of all the sights and sounds you get to experience!!

    BTW, great blog! Would you like to follow each other?

    WWW.ROXTHEFOX.COM

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    1. For these pictures I used a Pentax K-r and 18-55mm kit lens! Thanks by the way, Sydney's definitely worth a visit at the right time :)

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  7. I've never heard about this festival before, it looks amazing!

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  8. lovely photos and the food looks super tasty :)

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  9. The japanese food looks yummy! Ahh it's such a shame Brisbane doesn't have something like Vivid :(

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  10. not to worry, last year was my first year seeing vivid (i actually went 3 times though, haha) but i missed it entirely this year! it's great for something a bit different and exciting to do after having dinner with friends. and of course japanese food is always a winner in my book.

    little henry lee

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  11. Your photos are amazing! Everything looks pretty surreal there. Cool blog!
    Sybil

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  12. You've got me craving Udon Noodles now :(

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  13. I have experienced Vivid through blogs I follow for the last three years, but this year looks incredible. And the one on the Museum of Contemporary Art looks astonishing. I'm glad you had a good time, if I'll ever visit Australia/Sydney, I must (!) go here.

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  14. Omg. So hungry now.

    This is so great! Love the pictures. We have something similar in Durham called Lumiere but obviously not nearly as impressive as this. I get to Sydney in a month, too bad I'm missing this!

    xx

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  15. That food looks so good! xx

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  16. mmh the food looks ah-mazing! lovely pictures, visting Australia/Sydney in particular is on the top of my want-to-visit-list.

    check out my blog?
    www.paleshadows.blogspot.com
    xo

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  17. Ah what a great city
    check out my blog?
    jessillesilv.blogspot.com

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  18. beautiful photos, love the lights and the food looks so good !

    xx ifoundmysoulmate

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  19. love the post!
    pretty pics!
    kisses!




    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

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  20. Ooh I love udon noodles. Looks like a really fun night! Your photos are great - Sydney looks so pretty. (:

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  21. I should probably tell you this on fb but I'll forget sooner or later so :)
    But why did we not look at the MCA from the Opera house, cause it was even more epic from across the quay

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