The Customs House is an historic heritage-listed Sydney landmark located in the city’s Circular Quay area. Constructed initially in 1844-1845, the building served as the headquarters of the Customs Service.

This image, showing the clock lit and with patterns on the sandstone building, was captured during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Lights.

Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Canon G12, as is.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsabout 3 years ago

    A curious image Mike!… this is the customs house down at the Quay? I think I just worked it out from your text!

  • Yes, that’s the one. It looks a little like it is cracking up, due to the lighting effects!

    – Michael John

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 3 years ago

    Oh, well captured, Michael! Love it!

  • Thank you very much Donna, and for the fave.

    – Michael John

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    It is a curious image; nice and spooky.

  • Thanks Judy

    – Michael John

  • sedge808
    sedge808about 3 years ago

    nice one.

  • Thanks Gav

    – Michael John

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 3 years ago

    Good to see more of the Vivid festival Michael great capture.

  • Thanks Julie

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 3 years ago

    That was a great light, special effects & music show at Customs House. Nice shot Mike.

  • Sure was. Thanks Michael.

    – Michael John

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 3 years ago

    Nice one Michael …Lovely capture !

  • Thanks for that Gail

    – Michael John

  • myraj
    myrajabout 3 years ago

    Great capture Michael and very interesting reading

  • Thanks Myra

    – Michael John

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks

    – Michael John

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 3 years ago

    Good to see something a bit different mate.

  • lol – yeah! Thanks for the fave Wazza.

    – Michael John

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