Vivid Festival: Sydney Opera House Sails


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A little over a week ago, this years Vivid Sydney Festival kicked off in earnest. If you’re not familiar with the event, Vivid is a celebration of Light, Music and Idea’s and has become an annual phenomenon that attracts 800,000+ visitors to the city. The centrepiece of the festival would have to be the light projections that transform many of Sydney’s landmark buildings into wonderful and surreal canvasses of colour and movement. According to the Vivid website, this years Sydney Opera House light show was created by ’59 Productions’ and takes viewers on a journey through time, art, architecture and human achievement. The shots in this post don’t really capture the storylineΒ as its a flowing animation that runs for some 12 minutes. That aside, I hope you get a sense of some of the spectacle that we’re currently being treated to down at the harbour. Fingers crossed, I hope to get back there to capture some of the many other displays over the next week.

Canon 5D MIII | EF 24-70L f2.8 | Tripod

(Don’t forget to click on an image if you’d like to see them larger).

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  1. ashokbhatia says:

    An innovative idea. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      It’s really quite impressive to see. They play an audio track that accompanies this show from locations around Circular Quay which adds to the effect too. Thanks for visiting and posting; I appreciate the interest.

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  2. E A M Harris says:

    Fabulous pictures. I wish I could see that.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you very much. Yes, I’m sure you would fall in love with it if you could see it with your own eyes. Have a great weekend and thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      1. Wish i could be there on that day. it’s

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Its very cool. They are so clever the way they map the light shows to the architecture of the building.

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  3. Thanks a ton for your post ! I’ve never heard about this festival πŸ™‚

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Oh you’re welcome. It’s only been going for about 5 or 6 years now but has steadily increased in popularity. I wrote that the festival attracts 800,000+ visitors but that was last years figures. I think they were anticipating almost 1MM people year. We’ll see, I guess…

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      1. That will be awesome ! Hope you will get your best clicks πŸ™‚

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  4. befaniyablog says:

    Oha! It is great! Love these photos!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks heaps, much appreciated.

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  5. Wonderful images … but I’m betting they’re not doing it justice in person. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Spot on. Its great to see whole the vista and all the city high rise lit up too. Its a shame that it doesn’t work so well in a static photo. Thanks for commenting; appreciated.

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  6. The photos are stunning, I hope to travel to Australia one day.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you; I hope you make it here too one day. I think a lot of people are put off by the distance really. Australia can seem so far away from everything; especially if you’re in the northern hemisphere. I think its worth it though πŸ™‚

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  7. cris_viero says:

    Its amazing πŸ˜€

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you; yes, the whole light show is pretty special.

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  8. segmation says:

    I didn’t know that the Sydney Opera House sails were so full of color. How beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Hehe. When it first started it was pretty amazing. We’re all so accustomed to seeing the white sails and then to see them lit up via these projectors was terrific. It takes on such a different beauty. Very clever.

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  9. viettrinh says:

    wow, really cool. I’d like to be there oneday. So beautiful

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Hope you make it some day soon too. I think we’re quite spoiled sometimes – Sydney Harbour really is beautiful; even when the Vivid festival isn’t on.

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      1. viettrinh says:

        yeap, i agree with you, it’s still and always beautiful without the Vivid festival

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  10. freddy9haan says:

    I hope to travel australia one day… it’s so eonderfull

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      I wish you luck. It always nice to share one’s home with visiting travellers. Thanks for stopping by too; much appreciated.

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  11. Unc D says:

    Our World is full of beautiful colors that we can and cannot see. I love that shot!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Pretty, isn’t it.

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  12. Unc D says:

    Reblogged this on Unc D's Talent Showcase and commented:
    Our World is full of beautiful colors that we can and cannot see. I love that shot!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you for the reblog.

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  13. fangtales says:

    Beautiful…..

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks for that; the Opera House really is a beautiful piece of architecture.

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  14. David Woods says:

    Reblogged this on Michael Woods – Theatre Technician and commented:
    Always great to see theatre technology employed in these large scale events. I will be looking for a video of this now to see how they use sound and light together. Thanks for sharing your excellent photographs.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      I’m sure you’ll find a video of this show on YouTube or via other bloggers. I went back to Martin Place (a little further into the CBD) and took some more photo’s and video of one of the installations there. Its quite an interesting building as its mushroom shaped so the animations was of trees growing up and into a canopy. Its not nearly as speculator as the Opera House but it was interesting nonetheless. Will post it over the next couple of days.

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  15. kah1981 says:

    Thanks for sharing some of your Vivid images.
    I am taking my family tomorrow so it should be a wonderful day/evening. (We tried to go last weekend but rain meant we had to go home earlier than usual.)

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      I know what you mean about the weather last weekend. It stopped me and my troop as well. I still haven’t made it over to Darling Harbour where they’ve got the water and light show. Fingers crossed, I might get an opportunity tomorrow. We’ll see…

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      1. kah1981 says:

        I was told Darling Harbour is a 10minute light show each hour (on the hour) with not much else on in between that time.

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  16. lawrencereid says:

    absolutely love your blog can’t wait until the next post!! visit my brand new photography blog http://www.livingwithphotography.co.uk/

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Oh, thanks so much, what a lovely compliment. Much appreciated. I look forward to checking out your site more closely. From what I’ve seen so far its looks pretty great.

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  17. David says:

    I was just in Sydney last week. The Vivid show was spectacular! These pictures are wonderful–much better than my iPhone-captured ones. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Cheers David. As good as the iPhone camera is, it doesn’t cope so well in low light situations (actually, its challenging for many standard camera’s too). Thanks very much for visiting and taking the time to comment too. Appreciated.

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      1. grazue buona serata

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      2. bianca says:

        grazie πŸ™‚

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  18. swo8 says:

    Wow, that Sidney Opera House is something else.
    Leslie

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      It really takes on a different character bathed in all those lights, don’t you think? Thanks for visiting and commenting too, Leslie. Much appreciated.

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  19. jon says:

    Fantastic loving the pics, went to Sydney a few years ago and these photos are making wish I was back there. The colours are so vivid many thanks for the blog.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Cheers Jon; much appreciated. I know what you mean too. When I see photo’s of places I’ve been I can’t help but feel the travel itch again. So many things to see and places to re-visit, and yet so little time (and money). Many thanks for taking the time to comment as well.

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  20. Therese Lu says:

    Your photos tell a story in itself. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      That’s very kind of you. Thank’s for taking the time to drop by.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks for that; appreciated.

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  21. louisesharie says:

    Reblogged this on louisesharie's Blog and commented:
    Amazing

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you very much.

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  22. Harsh(H.V.S) says:

    Reblogged this on VIEWS Accumulated ….(h.v.s) and commented:
    πŸ™‚

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  23. mithriluna says:

    Wow, beautiful images! It looks almost unreal.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      It does, doesn’t it. Thanks for much for stopping by and commenting too.

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  24. hannahph7 says:

    Reblogged this on hannahph7 and commented:
    So cool!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      That’s exactly what I thought. Appreciate you stopping by and thanks for the reblog too.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      They did a wonderful job with the projections didn’t they? Thanks for visiting too.

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      1. rashidim868 says:

        I don’t know about it .

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      2. rashidim868 says:

        welcome but you also need to visit my site…..ok

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  25. wish i could be there on that day. It’s amazing.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      It is indeed. I’m sure you’d love it. Hopefully you’ll make it one day soon.

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  26. aviseurinternational says:

    Reblogged this on Aviseur international.

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  27. twothumbph says:

    Beautiful photos! Amazing Architecture. Hope to travel to Australia one of these days πŸ™‚

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you. Hope you make it here soon one day. I think we’ve got some pretty sights to share with interested travelers πŸ™‚

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  28. bianca says:

    buongiorno buon lunedi bellissima paggina πŸ™‚

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  29. Kate Vista says:

    I love Vivid! Every year I look forward to going. Great photos. Hope you like mine too http://katevista.com/2014/05/25/vivid/

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Its great isn’t it?! You had some really nice shots too. It’s really grown into a wonderful event. Thanks for stopping by too, Kate. Appreciated.

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  30. I thought Vivid was fabulous. I also blogged about it!!! http://wp.me/p4snth-2Z

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Like minds think alike. You had some nice shots too!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks very much. I really do enjoy the Vivid festival every year.

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  31. Reblogged this on Technomania and commented:
    Trying the reblog feature in WordPress Android app… found it interesting to reblog.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Many thanks, Anurag.

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  32. legendcmix says:

    that what its all about

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      The Opera House looks great as a canvas to those lights, doesn’t it.

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  33. mrthomas16 says:

    So cool. Which I can see in person. I never saw this building look like this before even though I been here before.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      You’ll have to visit again next year at the beginning of winter ;-).

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  34. Kitty Smile says:

    Reblogged this on Kitty's and commented:
    This is art ❀

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks for the reblog, Kitty. Very kind of you.

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  35. I just love your photo of opera house. Great photo indeed!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you, Mari. It really is a sight to behold.

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  36. ditchthebun says:

    I haven’t made it in to see Vivid unfortunately, but you have captured it beautifully!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Too kind. Hopefully you’ll get there one day soon.

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  37. Cathy says:

    We didn’t make it in to see the lights 😦 but hoping to be better prepared next year! The Opera House looks AMAZING!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Something to add to the 2015 calendar already. Hope you make it down there next year; its always interesting isn’t it?

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      No, thank you! πŸ˜‰

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  38. Too bright, methinks.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      As Elvis once said: “Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire.” πŸ™‚

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  39. These photos are to die for! *drools* Truly free advertising of Australia at its best. Thanks much for sharing, sir! πŸ™‚

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      What a lovely thing to say Edith. Much appreciated.

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  40. Reblogged this on Glitch.net.au and commented:
    Vivid Sydney light up the city one day I will see this with my own eyes, one day perhaps my images will grace the walls of the city of sin

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  41. Very impressive and great post. It’s very similar to the Titanic light show in Belfast back in 2012 that I photographed from start to finish. πŸ™‚

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      That sounds really interesting. I’d love to see that show one day too. It’s been many years since I last visited Belfast. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment as well, Steve. Appreciated.

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      1. your very welcome. belfast is small but interesting. come and visit it some day! πŸ™‚

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  42. A Van Ryan says:

    Very impressed with your photos! I love vivid every single year, can’t wait for next year!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you so much. Like you, I also love the Vivid festival and can’t wait for it each year. As soon as the weather starts to cool down and Winter is knocking on the door, I think of Vivid now.
      Appreciate you taking the time to visit and look around too.

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  43. So beautiful…..

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      It’s easy to take things like the Sydney harbour foreshore and surrounds for granted when you live there. I like Vivid because it makes me appreciate (and visit) the area more than I otherwise would; the Opera House is quite beautiful; particularly when it lit like this through the festival.
      Thanks for checking out the post. Appreciated.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you, Leeann. Appreciated.

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