Photostream #008: Sydney Harbor, The Rocks and Vintage Editing.

Welcome to PhotoStream Number 08, it has been a while  since the last PhotoStream post (November 2012), sure that has been some posts about photography since then but nothing that specifically focuses on a particular type of photography.

We have a bit to catch up with here, I recently went out to take some photos around the City of Sydney, more so because I am asked why I always take photos at night or at sunset, never during the day.  Well there is a simple reason for that, to get good landscape or architectural shots, you don’t go shooting during high afternoon when it is sunny because you get harsh shadows from your subject.

This set is from around the Sydney Harbor, The Rocks – one of the older parts of Sydney City, and as a result, some areas lend themselves nicely to a spot of editing to make them look like vintage photographs.

So without too much more rambling, here is the photos for this stream.  I hope you enjoy them, and I will put a little history about the areas I shot at the end for those of you that want it…

Vintage Photo Editing.

A little creativity of the building found around The Rocks.


The Rocks is an urban locality, tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney’s city center, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbor, immediately north-west of the Sydney central business district. The precinct and its immediate surroundings are administered independently of the local government area of the City of Sydney, by a New South Wales state government statutory authority, the Sydney Harbor Foreshore Authority.

The Rocks area borders on the Bradfield Highway, leading to the Sydney Harbor Bridge, with the localities of Dawes Point and Millers Point, to the west. It is immediately adjacent to Circular Quay on Sydney Cove, the site of Australia’s first European settlement in 1788.

Many of the photos you see here were taken from atop of the Sydney Harbor Bridge South-Eastern Pylon Lookout:

Climb 200 stairs inside the south-east pylon to the Pylon Lookout for sweeping views of the World Heritage Listed Sydney Opera House and Harbor surrounds.

The Bridge’s four pylons are primarily aesthetic. It took 250 Australian, Scottish and Irish stonemasons to prepare the granite for them. Now home to the Pylon Lookout Museum, the south-east pylon has been open to the public since 1934.

The Museum contains a comprehensive collection of displays that celebrate the construction of the Bridge, and shares the challenges of our forefathers.

General Admission to the Sydney Harbor Pylon Lookout costs $13.00 at the time of writing this article.  Check out their website for up to date prices.