Sydney Twilight

Sydney Twilight

Oh harbour city
Look how your beauty sparkles
As the night sets in

I took this a few weeks ago, looking toward Sydney Tower and the Sydney CBD from near Queens Park. It was a beautiful clear evening and I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

Just a quick note as well – my domain name seems to be down at the moment so if you’re having problems with any of the cjlevinson.com links, that’s why. I’m hoping to get it fixed today so it should be back to normal soon.

Photo details: Olympus E-P3 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6
1/60 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800

Photo and haiku © CJ Levinson 2014

Drifting Clouds

Cloud in Black and White

How would it feel
To float like a cloud
In the sky?
Could I see heaven?

Clouds drifting in the sky. I’ve always found clouds interesting and can watch them for hours sometimes, just sitting and thinking, watching them go by in the sky.

There are some more photos on my Facebook but I like this one the best. I thought these formations were rather interesting and I like how they came out in black and white – it reminds me of ink in water or smoke drifting in the air.

Photo details: Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6
1/500 sec @ f/5.0, ISO 200

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Branch in Black and White

Branch Against the Sky

We are all branches on
The tree of life;
We blow with
The winds of change

This is from a tree just outside my flat. It’s quite a small tree with very fragile, spindly branches and I noticed it blowing madly in the wind a few days ago while taking some sunset photos. I really liked the silhouette it made against the sky and thought it would make an interesting black and white image. I find it quite striking in a minimalist kind of way.

Photo details: Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6
1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 200

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Sunrise 31/07/2014

Sunrise 31/7/2014

Goodbye grandmother
Thank you for your love
And laughter;
We will miss you

Beautiful sunrise this morning. My mother and I stayed with my grandfather last night and I took this from his balcony.

My grandmother passed away on Tuesday morning. It was a big shock to all of us and very sad but it is a bit of a blessing as well as she had terrible dementia and we’ve found some solace knowing that she is finally at peace.

She was cremated this morning. She would have loved this sunrise.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

The Black Swan

Black Swan

Oh! To be like
A swan on the water
And let time
Just drift away

I was in Sydney for a couple of days this past weekend and took this in Centennial Park while I was there. I’ve always loved swans; they’re such graceful creatures and I enjoy photographing them. One of my very first photographs was of a black swan in fact. It’s nice to still be able to find new ways to photograph them after all these years.

Photo details: Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 17mm f/1.8
1/8 sec @ f/13, ISO 100

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

Moonrise Reflections

Moonrise Over Jesmond

The moon hangs over
Houses, trees, grass -
I am home
But feel far away

The Moon

A couple of shots of the moon from my back veranda.

I took the first photo yesterday evening as the moon rose and the sun set; I loved the colours and the way the birds were beginning to nest. I was lucky to catch a couple of them in flight.

The second photo I took this evening. It’s fairly heavily cropped as I don’t have a long enough lens to do this kind of thing properly (hopefully one day!) but still came out reasonably well I think.

After being here for eight months, this place is starting to feel more like home now. I’m starting to get to know my way around Newcastle and once you get used to the noise, it’s not too bad.

Some days I still really miss Sydney though, particularly my friends – one of my best friends just got engaged and I’m sad I’m not there to share it with her -, and I guess that’s what the haiqua was about… how sometimes even when you feel at home, your heart can still be far away.

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2014

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