It is the time of year when Sydney literally lights up with the Vivid Festival. From the 24th May, 2013 until the 10th June, 2013 Sydney comes alive with colour and light with buildings and iconic structures brought to life by an amazing laser show.
If you are thinking of heading in there I suggest that you arrive early (the lights are turned on at 6.00pm) or catch a train. I have driven in there twice in the last week and the traffic and parking were a nightmare.
Vivid has their own Facebook page where you can obtain more information.
It is the 5th year that the Vivid Festival has been in Sydney and I have been to 4 of them. Be aware though that it usually seems to rain a bit during the festival and the you may need to bring an umbrella.
One of the scenes projected onto the sales of the Opera House is that of a pinball game. The scenes take you through a game on the pinball machine from the launching of the ball, through hitting the bumpers, scoring points and getting the multi-ball feature. When you take your time to watch it you will be amazed at what they have achieved.
A lot of the lighting displays are interactive allowing the crowds to create the light by pressing buttons or making movements. The Sydney Harbour Bridge lights are created in this way with people on the Milsons Point choosing a colour and location so that they can light the bridge. There are 100,800 LED lights used on the bridge.
A great place to view the Harbour Bridge is Observatory Hill. Not only during the Vivid Festival but at anytime as you can see different eras of Sydney at the same time. You have the historic terrace houses in the foreground, then the Harbour Bridge and then the skyscrapers in North Sydney. You can also throw the iconic face of Luna Park into the mix too!
If you do head up to Observatory Hill at night make sure that you take a torch and someone to keep you company as it is very dark and you can never be sure who is around.
On my third visit to Vivid I explored the area around Walsh Bay.
A bit of fun with the fish-eye under and around the harbour bridge
Walsh Bay with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background.
An interesting technique to use for different photos is to move your zoom during the exposure. This is what I did with the mirror balls below.