Downtown Sydney from the Rocks

FlatBooks Author Recap!

We had a fun show recently with all FlatBooks authors! We decided to make a special bundle at 50% off all their books! You can get the whole Author Bundle at

Here are the people that joined me (and a the books included in the bundle!) in the video below.

Daily Photo – Downtown Sydney from the Rocks

The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney, and it’s down by the harbour. I have to make sure I get the “u” in there to appease local sensitivities. Anyway, it’s a cool area full of a lot of old-world charm. Now there are a lot of restaurants, bars, and little hotels that are sprinkled around the area.

I took this one from the top of a 3-story salsa bar. I didn’t even really go into the bar, except for the way to find the top of it! I looked quite strange walking around the salsa dancefloor to get to the other side, dancing with my tripod!

Downtown Sydney from the Rocks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 15:26:33
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length19mm (19mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Casper van Zyl

    Like the shot and the crispness of it.

  • susan ratcliff

    beautiful Trey – love all the bronze tones – this reminds me of a photo you took in Houston a few years ago. 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Casper van Zyl

    Trey 1 question for you or your readers,will be flying down to the Antarctic and will be in the air for12.5 hours of which 4 hours will be over the ice, then returning home, (hopefully). Is there any recommendation on lenses I should be using as we can only shoot through the windows of the 747. I feel the wide-angle is out as we are flying at 2,000 above the highest point ,so feel maybe 70-200 with 1.4 may be ok. What are the thoughts of all you photographers out there,love to here from you guys.Thanks Casper.

  • gavz

    Great shot Trey, love the mix of old and new.

  • Mike Salmon

    Great shot Trey. Love the colours. I really battle with HDR photos at night – do you cover much night time HDR in your workshops? Which other programs besides Photomatix would you use for a night time HDR like this? I know you suggest Topaz plugins as well – did you use any of them for this specific image? I just love the pop factor in the image. Keep them coming!!

  • Great Photo! Nice to see a photo of sydney that isnt the front of the opera house. Strangely enough I was in Sydney a few days a go too, I took this photo just a stones throw away from where you took yours

  • Very beautiful photo, Trey. They featured google headquarters in CA on CBS THIS Morning today, very interesting. They sure focus on making their employees happy!!!! Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    This is a very interesting photo Christian ! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    70-200 is the way to go I think! You are right – wide-angle will do no good 🙁

  • Glad you like it, learnt a lot from your ebooks 😉

  • Casper van Zyl

    Thanks Trey.

  • Paula Maidl

    I really like this shot. I want to stand on that balcony and look out over the harbour. 🙂

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