Sydney May 2017 (15 photos)
This is part 2 of my Vivid Sydney 2017 series of posts.
Yes, Vivid Sydney has returned for its 9th year and this is the 6th consecutive year that I have photographed it. Running from 26 May until 17 June, it is now in its final week for 2017. This free festival has become a major travel and tourism event for Sydney with an estimated 2.3 million visitors to last year’s festival.
Once again Vivid returns to Taronga Park Zoo, on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour.
The light installations here are all devoted to Australian species and 10 regional endangered species that the zoo is committed to save and conserve. These are the lights for the wild, and they ask guests to become a light for the wild and support these endangered species.
The light installations continually change colours and several of them feature movement.
They do a great job of creating a totally immersive environment for visitors to become a part of and learn from.
“Port Jackson Shark”
It is the only precinct that visitors pay a fee to see. The fee goes towards Taronga Zoo’s conservation efforts. I overheard more than a few people say they were going to return to the zoo displays a second time.
The 10 species listed as critical and near extinction are:
These night photos were all taken handheld. I manually set a wide aperture and selectively focused on the most important subject in the frame. I also manually set a shutter speed of 1/100th second or faster. Generally, I allow the ISO to float as high as my camera is comfortable with. Most digital sensors preserve little detail in the shadows but good detail in the highlights. Therefore overexposing gives more details to play with and in post processing the exposure can be reduced to return to a correct ambient level of exposure. In this way, you get good exposure, limited noise and good detail in the shadows and highlights.
This is Part 2 of my VIVID Sydney 2017 series.
All of my photography from this series and previous years of VIVID Sydney going back to 2012 can be found here:
VIVID Sydney page