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Google Photowalk - Sydney, Cockatoo Island

Published April 7th, 2012

On 31st March, 2012 at 6:30am, a couple of fellow shutterbugs and I joined up with 250+ photographers to participate in the Sydney Google+

photowalk, (#thewalkdownunder on Google+). The walk was held concurrently with photowalks around various Australian cities.

For the Sydney itinerary, Michael N Sutton and his Google+ team had organised a trip around Sydney Harbour, on Mathilda II (a large tourist vessel). The harbour tour was followed by a Google supplied breakfast on Cockatoo Island (The main photo destination for the day.) Cockatoo Island is the largest island on Sydney Harbour. In the past Cockatoo Island had been used as a penal colony and during World War II, it was the largest shipbuilding yard in Australia.

On a personal note I had just received my new Canon SLR as a birthday present and this was my first chance to use it... Unfortunately, I never got to take as many pictures of Cockatoo Island as I would have liked, to my dismay, I had been double booked to go to a Duran Duran concert in the Hunter Valley vineyards and had to leave the island earlier than planned... but that's a whole other story :(

I will go back one day...

A great many thanks go to Michael N Sutton and his team for putting on such a great day... cheers!!

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge silhoutted against a rising sun.

Taken from the Mathilda II during Google+'s #thewalkdownunder

King St Wharf

The Sun was just starting to rise, with some light beams showing their way through the cityscape on Darling Harbour, as we made our way from Darling Harbour to the Opera House

Taken from the Mathilda II during Google+'s #thewalkdownunder


Sydney Opera House

The arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge frames the Sydney Opera House.

Taken from the Mathilda II during Google+'s #thewalkdownunder



The rising sun reflects upon the buildings at Circular Quay

Taken from the Mathilda II during Google+'s #thewalkdownunder

Sydney Opera House

The Opera House and supporting skyline...

Taken from the Mathilda II during Google+'s #thewalkdownunder


The Pylon

The 90m high North East pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This shot is a 3 shot HDR, using the new HDR feature of the canon 5d mark iii.

(Considering the 3 shots were taken, hand-held, on a wobbly boat, I don't think the shot worked out too badly :-)

Taken from the Mathilda II during Google+'s #thewalkdownunder


Bridge pix

Daniel, a fellow shutterbug, snaps some pix on the Mathilda II, during the #thewalkdownunder


Sydney, from the west

The Sydney skyline, taken from the west, in Port Jackson, as the boat passed between Balls Head Reserve and Ballast Point park on the way to Cockatoo Island.

Taken from the Mathilda II during Google+'s #thewalkdownunder


The Photowalkers

Fellow Google+ photowalkers line up, upon their arrival to Cockatoo Island, to wave to the Sunrise TV team.

Taken from the Cockatoo Island ferry dock during Google+'s #thewalkdownunder


Cockatoo Island Crane

Google+ Photowalkers gather under the Cockatoo Island crane before embarking on their #thewalkdownunder adventure


Aussie Cranes

Don't actually know what this engineering equipment was used for on Cockatoo Island but they appealed to me aesthetically :)

Taken during the Google+ #thewalkdownunder

  • March 31st, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 50mm / f/6.3 / 1/320 sec

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Jim Vouden  over 5 years ago

Mik, this is the first Photo Story that I have loked at, it is excellant, I will have to get to Cockatoo Island to check it out.

Mik Love  over 5 years ago

Thanks Jim, I had a lot of fun putting it together :-)

I definitely recommend a visit to Cockatoo Island, take your tripod though, there's a lot of great indoor stuff that I missed out on coz I didn't want to drag my heavy tripod around on the day (in fear of accidentally whacking one of the other 200+ photographers who were on the #thewalkdownunder with me :( . Have a look on Google+ (search for #thewalkdownunder, for some amazing pix from the rest of the people on the photowalk)