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Sydney Gold || The Glory Of Sunrise

Post-processing before and after here: http://goo.gl/Hnc9S

When I first started blogging about photography, I really hated getting up for sunrise shoots. I mean, what’s to love about it, right? It’s f@#king way too early and you have to wake up before the birds do when it’s full dark outside, just to stumble groggily towards your destination, hoping that the sky produces something beautiful and worthwhile... Wait, so where am I going with this? Oh yea, that’s right…

Now, I love getting up early for sunrise shoots. After visiting so many world destinations I now understand that it’s the absolute best way to experience a place. Even excluding the (brilliant) photography opportunities, it’s a chance to be all alone in some of the most beautiful and visually stunning locations in the world. From Belem Tower in Lisbon, to The Colosseum in Rome, to The Mountain Top Spires of Meteora, all these places are best experienced on a personal level, when you’re all alone with just the sounds of the wind, and the soft bustling melody of the waking day.

As the sun rises over these stunning locations, all the aggravation of waking up at 4am disappear and you’re left with a perfect moment that’s almost spiritual in nature. Even if you’re not a photographer, I strongly suggest that you try it sometime. Go to Park Güell in Barcelona just as they open the gates at dawn. Experience the brilliance of Gaudi’s Architecture before anyone else gets there. You will never forget it, I promise.

This particular shot was a specific goal of mine while I was in Sydney. The weather was very uncooperative while I was there so it took 3 (very groggy) 4am wake up calls in a row before I captured this beautiful sunrise. I can tell you that it wasn’t easy pulling myself out of bed at 4am and walking 30 minutes through the rain 3 mornings in a row but on the 3rd morning, the sky opened up just for a few moments to produce this beautiful scene. I would have forgone a weeks worth of sleep to experience Sydney’s Opera House in this golden light. Was all that effort worth just this one, fleeting moment? I certainly think so because for me, it's all about getting the shot.

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waking up early in the morning or late in the night is not the best thing i do, but the picutres you shot then are unique.
 
I've found that the only other people up that frickin' early are the Asian tourists...but usually you can get the shot before the bus pulls up! :)
 
LOL, exactly! As long as you get there before the tour busses do, you're good.
 
love this shot +Elia Locardi the colors are amazing, I'm jealous.

Also, I feel your pain with having to wake up early. My alarm goes off at 4:45am... granted I don't always get up then... but I'm conscious enough to be angry about it. Today was particularly early... grumble grumble
 
Well, the doctor told me to take more vitamins to cure my time zone imbalance. Maybe that'll cure the sleep thing?
 
Compliments! For the picture, of course, but also for the waking time! ;-)
 
interesting... I've never heard of using vitamins for that. Maybe I should also try going to bed earlier lol but I have so many better things to be doing than sleeping (at least at night time... in the morning that is my #1 priority)
 
Very beautiful picture with beautiful colors! Like it!!
 
Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the before and after.
 
I hear ya +Elia Locardi. I'm more of a night person, but when I go to new places I make it a point to be up early before the crowds. Everything is new and fresh. Very often the best and only light of the day is right at dawn. The one hiccup I run into is that I process photos much better at night. So I end up being up early and up late ... and sleeping very little.
 
You know what they say Elia - all good things come through pain! ;-)
 
+mark waslick, I used to be a night person myself but now as a constant traveler, I've thrown my internal clock out the window. The cool thing is that With constant jet lag, early doesn't really exist. It's strange but it actually works. 
 
Hehe, I don't know about *all good things, +Tomasz Szulczewski. A bowl of soup for example. I prefer that to be as painless as possible. Especially here in China. ;)
 
I know what you mean - we went adventurous once in some small Chinese roadside restaurant in Singapore. I should've realized my mistake when locals started pointing their noses at us... Tears were flowing... twice (if you know what I mean)! LoL!!!
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What a shot! So Lovely
 
You're right. It's always worth it. I spent 3 months in Sydney and never got a shot like this. Very nice job!
 
Amazing wish I could with my own eyes, thanks for sharing!
 
Wow, thanks for the effort this took...awesome
 
Elia, do you use Photomatix for these or typically just manual blending?
 
I still use photomatix but sometimes I just use manual blending. It all depends on the shot. 
 
evn i also want to be a photographer ... but i m very poor.. so no camera.. i want a digital SLR :(:(
... i also want to have shots like...
 
Wow how beautiful. You have capture all of the beauty
 
Absolutely beautiful photos, can't decide which is my favourite!
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Tks for your par excellent photographic art :) Thru yr skills, you make the places come alive with beauty and vibrance - far better than reality. Absolutely fabulous! Tks for sharing!
Wes Lum
 
This is fantastic Elia!
 
wow i wld like to visit there oh MY its so beatiful i like it
 
the way you take pictures is like you select the things people there normally see almost every day, and create the colors and the shapes and the light and the reflections and the shadows, in a whole different way. This is stellar work. Kudos!
 
Thanks so much for all the comments everyone! :) This one was worth all the early mornings. 
 
I have only just come across ur amazing work. You are very inspiring, I wish I had the courage to do the same before settling down and having a family. I was fortunate enough to travel for one year through Europe, so at least I've had a taste and one day will get traveling again. We'll keep an eye out for when ur next in our beautiful Sydney and maybe catch up for a coffee and chat. Happy traveling ;)
 
Cheers Angela! I appreciate the compliment. :)
 
I have "never" saw images so beautifully captivating - wonerfully breath taking. I love it.
Luc Suy
 
Magnificent shot!
 
If anyone ever asks "why", just show them this. 
 
Having worked in Australia and fortunate enough to see a couple of performances at the Opera House, I found this pic to be captivating.  Thanks!
 
My lord that's just ridiculous. Absolutely stunning.
 
All these pic.& paintings are the best I've seen. ( Beautifull:Amazing)
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