Sydney at Dawn – The Sydney Harbour Bridge

Watching the Sydney Harbour Bridge transform from night into day is quite a sight; in the pre-dawn night, it’s mostly quiet – only a few cars, and the glowing lights on the bridge and pilons stand out against the dark sky. As dawn approaches, the sky brightens, the number of cars on the bridge increase and soon the hustle and bustle of the city take over from the tranquil scene only 30 minutes before.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at Dawn

Sydney Harbour Bridge at Dawn

This first image above was captured on the South side of the bridge on the 5th May, while I was around the International Passenger Terminal taking photos of the Opera House with the Conjunction. I turned my attention to the bridge and loved the colours on display just before sunrise, and love how the Australian flags on top of the bridge stand out against the brightening blue sky.

This next image was captured on the North side on the 18th May, and you can see the blazing Full Moon shining through the steel at the North end of the bridge. I used a slow f/ratio to create diffraction spikes off the bridge and wharf lights.

Pre-Dawn Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pre-Dawn Sydney Harbour Bridge

The last image features the bridge and the city from the North side again, with the Southern Cross (Crux) and Pointers hanging over the city.

Harbour Bridge and the Southern Cross over the City

Harbour Bridge and the Southern Cross over the City

Of course there’s also the panoramas with the Sydney Harbour Bridge, City and Opera House – already featured in Sydney at Dawn: Triple Panorama Treat.

These images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge form part of the Sydney at Dawn series, where I feature some pre-dawn and dawn images captured during the month of May 2011.

I used the great Photographers Ephemeris iPhone app to plan where the Moon would be setting and the Sun would be rising in relation to the bridge and the city. A must-have for all photographers!

Captured with a Canon 40D. Processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

  • Photo 1: 24-105mm lens @28mm, f/4.5, 0.4s exposure @ ISO400
  • Photo 2: Sigma 17-70mm lens @ 17mm, f/16.0, 6s exposure @ ISO500.
  • Photo 3: Sigma 17-70mm lens @17mm, f/8, 3.2s exposure @ ISO500
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