Sydney Opera House at night


Last night I went with a friend from work to get few photographs of Sydney Opera House from up close. The VIVID Festival lights are still illuminating the Opera House sails and we were hoping for some original abstracts, rather then typical whole building shots.

I faced a major challenge as I have left my tripod at home, and hand holding a camera at night is a near impossibility. Also, there are very few pylons or other elements I could use for support. In short I had almost no chance for any good photos. However, I have managed to capture a couple of exposures from a set of steps opposite the Opera House and I liked this one in particular.

Sydney and parts of NSW shrouded by orange dust


Sydneysiders, and in fact most of NSW residents, woke up this morning to a world shrouded in a thick orange dust. Severe winds and unseasonably warm temperatures carried the dust as far as Moree, Dubbo, and Canberra.

The dust has triggered numerous fire alarms, including one at North Sydney station, where the attendants were hard at work calming the public and ensuring the commuters do not panic as it was only a false alarm.

You can smell the dust and taste it and many people choose to wear some forms of mouth and nose covers so they do not inhale the dust.