Martin Place - Sydney Festival First Night - Australia by Bryan Freeman

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The Sydney Festival kicked off with a bang the weekend before last. It happens every January and the opening night is a feast for the eyes and ears.

Many streets in the Sydney CBD were closed to traffic and there were bands, light shows on buildings, acrobats, and DJ’s scattered throughout the CBD and Hyde Park.

It was a typical balmy summer evening for Sydney and it was fantastic to be able to walk down the streets without worrying about cars.

We went from one venue to the next, checking out the sights and sounds. By the end of the night we were so tired and were walking back down through Martin Place when we heard some ENORMOUS sounds coming from the main stage. We walked down to the stage then stopped and listened to an awesome band that had come all the way to Sydney for the opening night of the Sydney Festival from sunny California. The band is called Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and they are simply fantastic. If you’re lucky enough to live in California then go see them, you won’t be disappointed.

There were many great Aussie acts as well, far too many awesome acts to list. Suffice to say I’ll be uploading some more photos from the night during the week.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon Lens 18-55mm
Timelapse exposure

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See Big Bad Voodoo Daddy below:

Another photo from Sydney Festival First Night is below

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I live in Sydney, Australia and love to travel. I enjoy creating landscapes scenes using my Canon DSLR cameras and lenses.

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  • Soaps
    Soapsover 4 years ago

    Hey this is nice, reminds me of the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics, the streets were pack and happy and the song Absolutely Everybody rang out for all to sing along. Awesome capture! Really accentuates the absence of cars.

  • Thanks Soaps, yes, I was reminded of the Olly-limpics too on the night and also when I was uploading this photo. It also had a similar good vide to the night as well. I’ll definitely be going again next year.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 4 years ago


  • Awesome way to start the day, thanks Virginia

    – Bryan Freeman

    BLYTHARTover 4 years ago

    Cool – I can see now why our son was reluctant to come home after his four months in Sydney.

  • Thanks Dave, yes, Sydney does have its moments! ;-)

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Claire Tennant
    Claire Tennantover 4 years ago

    Great shot, I love how you can see the movement of the people!

  • Thanks Claire, I appreciate your nice comment.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Albert Tsui
    Albert Tsuiover 4 years ago

    Nicely done! =D

  • Thanks Albert.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Amazing capture Bryan. Love the sky and the night life in this scene. You’ve captured this at just the right speed too. Movement and life. Don. A FAV for me.

  • Thanks Don, I appreciate your nice comment and fav, mate.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Gail, that’s wonderful news.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    cheers excellent work!

  • Thanks Scott, appreciated mate.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosover 4 years ago

    Excellent!! Congratulations on your featured work.

  • Thanks Richard, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Rafferty-Evans
    Rafferty-Evansover 4 years ago

    awesome use of long exposure!

  • Thanks Lee-Anne, appreciate your lovely comment.

    – Bryan Freeman

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