Golden Trees

Never have I seen
A tree or lake
That could not take
My breath away

Beautiful light on the Newcastle foreshore last Sunday afternoon. I was heading to the ocean baths to shoot the sunset and stopped quickly to shoot this scene on the way. The light was amazing… I was definitely lucky to be in the right place at the right time!

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2018

Sunset 28/5/18

Sunset 28/5/18

As the sun sets
On another day
I find myself
Thinking of you

Beautiful sunset from earlier this evening. The sky had clouded over during the afternoon and I didn’t think we were going to get much of a sunset at first but for a few minutes the sky opened up and turned this gorgeous purple and pink. Glad I stuck around to catch it.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2018

Sydney Sunset

Lights, sirens,
Cars, music, skyscrapers,
Laughter:
This is Sydney to me

I’ve been in Sydney for the last couple of days. The sunsets have been really beautiful and I managed to catch this shot yesterday. Simple but I like how it came out.

After 5 years in Newcastle, a part of me still misses Sydney. My friends. The culture, social life. So much of my life has been here that it will probably always feel like home to me.

I don’t miss it as much as I used to though. I guess I’ve moved on but then Sydney has moved on as well. A lot of my favourite places, the cafes and shops and bookstores and galleries I used to go to are gone now or rebranded. Sydney is changing. Which is both good and a little sad but it makes moving on a little easier.

This view never seems to change much though. I used to walk past this spot, near Queen’s Park, on my way to school twenty five years ago and the view still looks much the same now as it did back then. I wonder if it still will in another twenty five?

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2018

The 4th Awakens

CJ and the Stormtroopers

Sometimes I wish
I was a child again,
Seeing magic
With new eyes

The Stormtroopers

I was out shopping earlier and passed some of the Southern Cross Garrison outside The Empire Coffee Co at Charlestown Square.

One of the cafe’s lovely staff took the photo with me in it and the stormtroopers were kind enough to pose for a quick snap afterwards too.

It was was great fun seeing them there and fantastic seeing so many kids going up and chatting and taking photos. Definitely brought a big smile to my face.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Stormtroopers in Black and White

Photos and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2018

Belmont Lakefront

Belmont Lakefront

Blue sky, blue waters
A warm breeze
Caressing my face:
I feel at peace

This photo is from a couple of days ago. I’d gone for a quick walk along the Belmont lakefront to stretch my legs and I really liked this scene when I came across it… the light was so lovely and the water such a beautiful blue that I knew I had to take a quick shot.

Ironically we had very heavy rain for the next couple of days, so much so that some parts of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie were flooded. I guess it shows just how quickly Mother Nature can change.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2018

Autumn Sunset

Belmont Sunset 28/2/18

Day fades to night
As Summer fades
To Autumn –
Time marches ever on

A lovely sunset over the lake in Belmont from a couple of weeks ago. The colours in the sky were stunning and I wasn’t sure how well they’d come out in the photo but it captured the scene well in the end.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2018

Busker on Eddy Avenue

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Cars, trains, voices
A city screaming ~
His guitar
Carries me away

I took this photo a couple of months ago while I was in Sydney briefly. This spot just opposite Central Station on Eddy Avenue is very popular with buskers and I often stop to watch them for a minute or two. Some of them are pretty good, others, well, could use a little more practice.

I was very impressed with this busker though. His guitar playing was excellent and he seemed genuinely lost in the music at times. I enjoyed listening to him.

I gave him a couple of dollars and took a quick snap before moving on. I like how it came out, particularly in black and white. It captures the mood nicely.

Photo © CJ Levinson 2017, haiqua © 2018

Black Swans on the Lake

Swans on the Lake

Black swans on the water
A warm sun and gentle breeze
On my face:
Peace

I took this a couple of days ago down by the Belmont lakefront. It had been a lovely warm day and the light was beautiful as the sun started to go down.

I was lucky enough to be there just as these swans came into view and I took a quick shot. We get quite a lot of black swans around Belmont and I always enjoy stopping to watch them for a minute or two. They’re so graceful – and make excellent subjects too.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2018

Sunday Afternoon on the Lake

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Another weekend
Comes and goes
With the setting sun –
Time marches on

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It was quite cool and a little overcast yesterday, the perfect kind of weather for black and white photography, so I went for a walk with my camera down by the lake to see what I could find.

The water was lovely and still and I was quite happy with how these two shots came out. I like how they look in monochrome and I particularly wanted to capture the relaxed feeling out on the lake and I think that comes across well. I can imagine far worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon! 😀

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2017