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A Golden Moment: Capturing Sydney’s Skyline in Late Afternoon Light

Published On: 27 August 2015By Categories: Architectural Photography, Awards, Sydney Photography
Architectural photography by Sydney cityscape

As an architectural photographer, I’m always on the lookout for unique opportunities to capture the essence of a city’s skyline. One cherished moment was capturing a stunning image of the Sydney skyline in the late afternoon light, which garnered a Silver award at the 2015 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA). In this blog post, I’ll share the story behind this award-winning image, focusing on the beauty of the Governor Macquarie, Governor Phillip, Aurora Place, and 1 O’Connell Street towers.

The Perfect Timing

Timing is everything in photography, and this particular shot was no exception. As the day was winding down and the sun began to set, the late afternoon light cast a golden glow on the Sydney skyline. I knew this was a rare opportunity to capture the city’s architectural marvels in a truly spectacular light, so I quickly grabbed my camera and headed out to find the perfect vantage point.

The Silver Award-Winning Image

From my chosen location, I was able to capture a tight shot of the Governor Macquarie, Governor Phillip, Aurora Place, and 1 O’Connell Street towers, all bathed in the warm, golden light of the setting sun. The image showcased not only the impressive architecture of these iconic buildings but also the remarkable interplay of light and shadow that the late afternoon sun provided.

The golden hues emphasised the unique features of each tower while also highlighting the harmony and balance of the overall cityscape. The end result was an image that showcased not only the beauty of Sydney’s skyline but also the transformative power of light in architectural photography.

Recognition at the APPA

Submitting my image to the 2015 Australian Professional Photography Awards was both exciting and nerve-wracking. However, the judges’ recognition of my work with a Silver award validated my passion for architectural photography and the importance of patience and timing in capturing truly remarkable images.

The award also served as a reminder of the power of perseverance in the pursuit of photographic excellence. With so many talented photographers in Australia, being recognized for my work was a humbling and inspiring experience.

The late afternoon light and the resulting award-winning image of Sydney’s skyline will always be a cherished memory in my career as a Sydney photographer. This experience serves as a testament to the importance of timing, passion, and dedication in the pursuit of exceptional photography.

Capturing the Governor Macquarie, Governor Phillip, Aurora Place, and 1 O’Connell Street towers in that golden light not only showcased the beauty of Sydney’s architecture but also reminded me of the magic that can happen when you seize the perfect moment.

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Gavin Jowitt is an accomplished corporate communications and branding professional with over 30 years of experience as a creative director and photographer. Awarded Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year in 2019, Gavin has built a reputation for delivering high-quality photography that enhances stakeholder communication. Gavin works with a wide array of public and private sector clients, guiding them in creating versatile photography libraries while offering extensive corporate, industrial, and commercial photography services throughout Australia.

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