Sydney Harbour in Lights

If you were ever in any doubt that Sydney possesses the world’s most beautiful natural harbour, adorned with the world’s most innovative architecture, this year’s Vivid light festival would surely have reassured you. Now in its 5th year, the Vivid festival encompasses music performance and an ideas forum, but the real drawcard for the visitors in their millions is the light display. Designed and choreagraphed by artists and technical wizards, the lights are breathtakingly projected onto the city’s most prominent landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Customs House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I rarely need an excuse to check out Sydney Harbour so I thought I’d get on down with my DSLR and take a good old gander.

If you’re interested in viewing my camera settings or seeing any of the photos large size, you can click on any image that takes your fancy. There’s even a video at the end.

Overseas Passenger Terminal, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
The Overseas Passenger Terminal

 

While the atmosphere was generally good around Circular Quay, I thought I’d check out the Opera House first so as not to miss it.

Sydney Opera House, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House with Leopard Skin, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House with leopard skin
Sydney Opera House with Streamers, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House with streamers
Sydney Opera House with Speakers, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House with speakers
Sydney Opera House with Pinball Game, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House with pinball game
Sydney Opera House with Pinball Machine, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House with pinball machine
Sydney Opera House with Luna Park Motif, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House with Luna Park motif and passing ferry
Sydney Opera House with Stars, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House with stars
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Pleasure Boat, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge and pleasure boat

 

Sydney’s historic area of The Rocks was done up in its finest colours too.

The Rocks and Circular Quay, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
The Rocks and Circular Quay
The Rocks in Green, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
The Rocks in green
The Rocks in Colours, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
The Rocks in colour
The Rocks in Red, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
The Rocks in red

 

Some more Opera House pictures from a different angle. You can see the projection beams in some of these.

Sydney Opera House in Blue and Pink with Passing Boat, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House in blue and pink with passing boat
Sydney Opera House with Fiery Red and Yellow, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House with fiery red and yellow
Sydney Opera House in Fiery Colours, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House in fiery colours
Sydney Opera House in Pink and Purple, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House in pink and purple
Sydney Opera House in Purple, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House in purple
Sydney Opera House in Pale Blue, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House in pale blue
Sydney Opera House in Blue and Red, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House in blue and red
Sydney Opera House in Red and Green, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House in green and red
Sydney Opera House with Record, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House with record

 

After this, we walked under the bridge and towards Walsh Bay to get a cool view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park
Sydney Harbour Bridge with Blue Lights, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge with blue lights
Sydney Harbour Bridge with Blue Shimmer, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge with blue shimmer
Luna Park Panorama, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Luna Park panorama
Sydney Harbour Bridge in Blue and Purple, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge in blue and purple
Sydney Harbour Bridge Draped in Purple, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge draped in purple
Sydney Harbour Bridge in Purple and Rainbow, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge in purple and rainbow
Sydney Harbour Bridge with Rainbow Reflection, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge with rainbow reflection
Sydney Harbour Bridge with Rainbow Lights, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge with rainbow lights
Sydney Harbour Bridge with Turning Boat, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge with turning boat
Sydney Harbour Bridge with Boats, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge with boats
Sydney Harbour Bridge in Rainbow, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge in rainbow
Sydney Harbour Bridge Rainbow Lights with Boat, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge rainbow lights with boat

 

Finally, after dinner and drinks at Darling Harbour we hotfooted it back towards Circular Quay where despite the late hour, the Customs House lights were still dancing. I mean this almost literally- the lights warp and change in time to a person dancing to the beat on special sensor pads. Interesting. For some people, Customs House is the big highlight as the lights are so well designed to make the building look like it is morphing, warping, even crumbling.

Customs House in Chequers, Vivid Festival, Sydney
Customs House in chequers
Customs House, Vivid Festival, Sydney
Customs House
Move Your Hands. Customs House, Vivid Festival, Sydney
Move your hands. Customs House

Finally, if you want to have a look at how the visuals morphed and changed, here’s a video:

 

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Australian solar power scientist travels the world for 15 years, takes photos, writes stuff, has toothpaste confiscated. I like adventures that involve art, history, science, music, technology and partying. Sometimes all at once...

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  • August 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm
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    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing! Visiting Sydney for the first time next spring, can’t wait!

    • August 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm
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      Thanks Rob! You will absolutely love it. Look out for more Sydney tips coming soon.

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