One Perfect Day by Neil Ross

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City icons caught in the morning light on an absolutely gorgeous Autumn day on Sydney Harbour, April 2010. It’s one of those perfect days where the cares of the world are put aside, even if only for a day. Come to think of it, the weather was like this all week, and I was on holidays. Oh bliss! A dear friend and I did the bridge climb later this same day, and it was an awesome experience!

My inspiration for this photo came from a similar photo taken by an Australian artist of international renown, David Moore. I’m fairly certain his was taken from Blues Point Reserve, NW of the bridge on the city’s Lower North Shore. It’s a photo I have always loved because it captures the essence of the city, and is in his book “Sydney Harbour.” Here, his photos range from 1947-1992 and is a real time capsule of awesome documentation and photography. I was on the ferry approaching Circular Quay this particular day, so when I saw the same view I just had to take a shot.

Photo taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!

Original Image:

A leisurely ride on the Rivercat ferry, bound for Circular Quay.


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I love anything that is unusual, unique, or just plain odd, and that’s the sort of image I try to capture. I’m so far from being the world’s best photographer it’s not funny, but I do have the photographer’s ‘eye’ and am more than proficient at capturing the images I see in my world. Thanks for taking the time to view my portfolio. Feel free to leave a message and say G’day.

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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Such wonderful clarity and light in this – great shot!

  • Thanks very much Shulie :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work Neil, the contrasts are wonderful.

  • thanks Andrea. I changed the crop a bit, but yeah, it came out rather well :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    Perfect is right! What a beautiful work, Neil!

  • Many thanks to you Mike. I’m so glad that you like it :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • anisja
    anisjaalmost 4 years ago

    Very good work.

  • Many thanks to you Anisja :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot!!! Love the light in it, as well as the clarity!!! Great POV, too!!! THE BEST!!!!

  • Cheers Deborah. I’m really happy with this one. I worked on it a while, but I think it was worth it. So glad you like it :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Klaus Bohn
    Klaus Bohnalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful image so well done!

  • Many thanks to you Klaus. I really appreciate your comment :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    G-WOW Neil!
    I thought this was the original lighting at first & was about to go on & on about it..
    now that I see you’ve edited it, I will go on & on about what a great choice you made with editing the lighting this way!
    Stunning work…
    Sydney looks so alive & blissful!
    Excellent choices on the reflection eiditing as well! & this picture is cropped so well!
    I love everything about it!
    Really great & extremely realistic editing there!

  • Another cool comment Lacey. Thanks for that. It does my confidence wonders. For us, Sydney’s a big city (5 million people) so it’s got a pulse. I wouldn’t call it blissful, but parts of it a very natural and relaxing. Just gotta get away from the people :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    C-grats, Lacey!
    I hear ya! :)

  • Thanks Lacey. I appreciate the feature. This photo is very special to me, so this feature is the cherry on the cake. Cheers for that :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

  • vigor
    vigorover 3 years ago

    This would be something to see, and you saw it so wonderfully so I could see it too! Love the nice contrasts in this!

  • Thanks Viv. It was an excellent day, and this is the photo that reminds me of it. Glad you like it :D

    – Neil Ross

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