My first trip with Jon was way back in 2007. He took me to his favorite city in the world, Sydney, and ever since we’ve been looking for a chance to return. Seven years later we were excited to finally have the opportunity to head back down under! Unlike our previous vacation, which took us out of the city and on a road trip up the Gold Coast, this time we settled in the Sydney area. We stayed near Circular Quay, giving us easy access to points all over the city and surrounding beaches. It also gave me plenty of opportunities to shoot the iconic waterfront skyline.
During our eight-day stay we visited Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, and Watson’s Bay; enjoyed a symphony at the Opera House; watched an IMAX movie at Darling Harbour; spent a day meeting wallabies and koalas at Featherdale Wildlife Park; and explored Sydney’s parks and shopping malls. Of course, all that exploring made us hungry! Luckily we found some absolutely amazing places to eat including: Trio (at Bondi), Din Tai Fung, Doyles on the Beach, Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, Longrain, Tetsuya's, Momofuku, and Quay. Awesome! We got on the plane to head back to the States with full tummies, terrific memories, and the hope that it wouldn’t be another seven years before we would get to visit again.
My full-frame D600 and five lenses made the trip to Sydney with me this time, which was a big upgrade from the D70 that I took previously. I used a 16-35mm f/4 for the wide shots, a 24-120mm f/4 for walking around during the day, a 70-200mm f/2.8 for koala and Opera House close-ups, and 24mm and 35mm primes for food and handheld shots at night. A tripod helped with nighttime scenes and a new 10-stop ND filter made a few daytime long-exposures possible.