How to Photograph Vivid (Without Losing Your Mind)

(Location: Sydney, Australia)

I had a work gig in Sydney, so I was up there almost every week for a month. This synchronised nicely with Vivid, the annual light/music/etc. festival.

What we learned

  • Crowds are less at the beginning of the festival
  • Crowds are less later at night
  • Crowds are less on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • It’s REALLY crowded 🙂

That said, we found some great, relatively crowd free locations:

  • The Cahill Expressway above Circular Quay

    Circular Quay from the Cahill Expressway Museum of Contemporary Art Museum of Contemporary Art

  • The southmost pylon on the Harbour Bridge (don’t bother shooting from the bridge, it shakes)

    Sydney CBD from the Harbour Bridge

  • The passenger ferry terminal (take the elevator to the top floor, then walk north and take the stairs to the top of the observation deck)

    Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House

  • McMahons Point (take the ferry from Circular Quay)

    Entrance to Luna Park Luna Park Ferris Wheel Sydney Harbour Bridge and CBD

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