Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Sail of the Line


" ... the finest harbour in the world, in which a thousand sail of the line may ride in the most perfect security ... "

Captain Arthur Phillip, January 1788


Above: The city in the early morning looking west from Darling Point
Below: Looking east from Darling Point toward Clarke Island thence Port Jackson
Centre: Details from the harbour between

31 comments:

brattcat said...

Julie, you make every sense tingle with these images. I can almost taste the air. Beautiful.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Wonderful photographs. An enormous sky over a fine skyline resting on the deep blue harbor. Sydney is a beautiful city and one I long to see.

Olivier said...

de belles lumières du soir. une belle carte postale sur la première photo

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful!!!

Jacob said...

Okay, you've made your point. And I agree - Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Gonna have to visit some time...and look up some of Lois Anne's Australian relatives!

Rob and Mandy said...

Starts looking a lot like Singapore or Abu Dhabi, or even Barcelona. Must be such a thing as seafront globalization.

Birdman said...

Nice work with these Julie. Lots of pirates, I bet, hung around this harbour in the day.

Nancy C said...

I can smell that salt water and feel the warmth of the sun.

Julie said...

Rob, I will be in Barcelona in October, so will gather material for a first hand comparison. Much of the harbour shoreline is a National Park and covered with trees.

Birdman, Not in a glamourous Caribbean way I would hazard. More in a Dickensian downtrodden petty thief way!

Jo said...

Beautiful Julie.

Bill said...

Great pictures of one of the greatest harbours in the world

Pat and Bruce Caspersonn said...

Julie, you have hit the nail on the head!
One of the best things you can do in this life is to sail around Sydney Harbour on a yacht,with no motor, on a beautiful day. The Whitsunday Islands comes 2nd, somewhat further back.
Bruce.

Julie said...

I have done both those, Bruce. The Whitsundays is more peaceful whereas Sydney can be quite majestic. Much less traffic up in the Whitsundays, sailing along Whitehaven ... bliss!

Ann said...

The colour in the top one is wonderful, although I thought it was a late evening shot. Barcelona? Is this with the France trip or did you decide to book the Spain historic houses one?

caughtbymycamera said...

The sky line has changed since we lived in Sydney but it is still the most beautiful harbour in the world.

Julie said...

Ann, this is with the France trip. I go to the information evening for the HHT trip this coming Friday evening, although I have since found two more very similar tours of Spain for much less cost!

Jouir la vie said...

What a great shot! The first picture is my favorite!
Thank's für showing so beautiful pics.
Servus, so long and have a nice day
Kvelli

bitingmidge said...

Same as all of them above!

I like!

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ρομπερτ said...

Guess that the line of the coast did change much during all these years, yet unchanged the beauty of your photography.
Please have a nice Wednesday.

Virginia said...

J,
They are all lovely, but I think my favs are the details. You do it all so well.
V

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Sydney Showboats said...

Wonderful photographs Julie!Great job.

Sydney harbour is really amazing with no words to say about it.
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Vicki said...

Amazing colour in the top photo, Julie.

Did you "tweak" the colours or are they au naturel?

Julie said...

No tweaking in Photoshop or similar, this is straight from the camera, However, the camera is set on 5 for contrast and 3 for sharpness. In addition to that, I lowered the exposure two stops to squeeze the light out. The images ere about 8am one Sunday morning early in January.

Vicki said...

That makes it even more stunning. It's almost ethereal.

Mirela said...

Wonderful! I love the details... even that wire is transformed into a piece of art.

Jilly said...

Oh yes, Capt. Phillip was absolutely right. Sydney is the most beautiful harbour and you show it to us so amazingly in these stunning photos. The light is fabulous.

Julie, I left an answer to your query for you on Menton DP.

diane said...

Jilly stole my comment. I was just about to write the same. Great colour, great harbour.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I have to say it again, the harbour is a beautiful thing and you make it look as wonderful as it is ... in the early morning light it takes on a different character to its brash sparkling midday hue.

ELK said...

julie the skyline is stunning...then the close up the mosaic provides is a window into harbour of peace and light

Lindz said...

you take such good pictures