Alien Body snatcher

watch out for the giant the hand

those paying attention would have noticed that this feature, dubbed Mirador, is a repeat from the Sculptures by the sea a few years back ( )

Check it out here :

Designed by University architecture graduates Ivana Kuzmonovska and Rachel Couper. Each part was modelled in Rhino 3D – just for all you CAD junkies out there ;)

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm Aperture: f/16 and Shutter Speed: 2.5s
ISO 100
out front – crazy alien dome

Vivid Sydney University

gif-a-holics unite

Be patient with this one, its a pretty large file and over 200 frames, but I reckon its worth the wait :) – I think this is probably the best set of projections for the festival, the combination of the building and also the length/diversity of the projection really made it standout.

Alot of it is themed around Aboriginal Reconciliation with some great imagery themed around Aboriginal culture – and there is some really cool classic building crumbling style projections here too.


Its pretty amazing how a just a bunch of different coloured lights can change the way something looks.

Many years ago I walked through that arch after graduating, never would have guessed it would have ever looked like this :)

Zoom in to check out the details and standby for some gif-age

Eye of the Tiger

Somebody put some tigers in the Argyle Arch…. then all these people came down to have a look :)

Luckily the projection sequence is relatively short because I tell ya what you get pretty cold sitting on road looking up at this!

h/t to +Samyang UK – UK Digital and the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens, this is one stellar little lens – even shooting at f2.8 and taking a educated punt on the manual focus results in pretty sweet results. This thing craps all over my Nikkor 16-35 f4 lens, even looking at low res files between the two lens the results are quite apparent.
My only regret is not getting it sooner …

Techie love:
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/15s
ISO 1600
out front – some happy couple ;)

Parallel Universe

Damn street light shadows make me look like I got man boobs.. ahhh wait.. dammit…

I had to do something to amuse myself while waiting around, this light sculpture seemed fitting and also the moon phase actually changed quite regularly…

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 14mm Aperture: f/5 and Shutter Speed: 1/6s
ISO 200
out front – some clown in a hoodie :)

Bringing new life to a 1845 circa building

Customs House Sydney

Another TDC production item at the Sydney Vivid Festival 2015, the focus has definitely been on animation and 3D this year and the Customs House display does not disappoint in that regard.

To the average punter it does look awesome but looking deeper into there are quite a few intricacies to really make it stand out, the detail and complimenting animation with the building structure is actually quite well thought out and also the way the scenes utilise building structure is clever, h/t to the content providers and TDC.

This one is a contact sheet of some of my favourite scenes from this display, nice sharp and high res, zooom on in to check it out.
Vertical goodness just for google plus.


Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f/5.6 and Shutter Speed: 2s
ISO 100
out front – Customs House

Customs House

264 frames culled down to 150 odd and its still pretty large.
Check out the clown who walks out and stands face first in front the camera, some people have absolutely no situational awareness – don't fret, i was polite in asking him to move ;)

Colour Explosion

well, you would not want to be an introverted person wearing this right ;) ? Certainly a crowd pleaser and attractor!

I remember way back when.. at the start of the vivid festivals there was a similar concept but with a couple of people in all white which worked really well, hence its great to see another incarnation of this..

Exif love:
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f/3.2 and Shutter Speed: 1/100s
ISO 800
out front – lady in a million colours..

Pull da Lever

no need for mind altering drugs when TDC are on the job

TDC are responsible for a large number of the projections at Vivid Sydney this year (and previous ones) and once again they have pulled some great displays out of their top hats.

This one was a particular favorite of mine and is sure to be a real hit with eh punters on opening (and subsequent nights) – its fully interactive with sensors so that a number of people can control the display, including the levers :)

This is a couple of shots after the pull the lever sequence that really work well, the 3D nature and clarity to the animations and images is quite amazing and its great to see the content provider's and TDC really stepping up to plate in terms of new and innovative displays.

Be sure to get down there and visit Vivid Sydney, the best nights are typically mondays since its a bit quieter, but don't tell everyone ;)

Exif love, 'cause I know you wanna know ;):
D750 coupled with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 24mm Aperture: f/5 and Shutter Speed: 1/5s
ISO 250
out front – Cadmans Cottage

Australian Manufacturing

Congratulations to Myles Tomkins and team Airwork Helicopters for achieving CASA (APMA and STC) approval for the manufacture of advance Composite Tail Rotor Blades on the Bell 206 Helicopter.

Whilst there is plenty of negative press about manufacturing in Australia its great to see innovators and people like Myles dedicated to pushing Australia into a new realm of manufacturing, high tech and advanced.

The Bell 206 TRB (AMT-206-1) is a replacement for the standard Bell TRB option and provides an improved life (twice the OEM blades) with a 30 percent cost saving not to mention using less power for equivalent thrust values, oh also, its heaps quieter too :) it looks great too by the way :)

So next time you see a Bell 206 fly overhead, or jump in one for a joyride, tour or charter, remember, Australian Manufacturing is alive and well thanks to companies like Airwork Helicopters!(

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