New Years Eve 2005, Sydney

We parked ourselves on Henry Lawson Drive in McMahon's Point for Sydney's NY celebrations. A friend of mine from our Menlo Park office had come over with his wife <it>just for the fireworks</it> so we made sure we got a <a href="http://www.multimap.com.au/map/browse.cgi?client=public&X=16832000.3046603&Y=-3984500.43916125&width=500&height=300&gride=16831962.3046603&gridn=-3984303.43916125&srec=0&coordsys=mercator&db=AU&addr1=&addr2=&addr3=&pc=&advanced=&local=&localinfosel=&kw=&inmap=&table=&ovtype=&keepicon=true&zm=0&scale=5000&down.x=279&down.y=327">good spot <img src="http://mc.multimap.com/cs/psma042//M67/Y-1/M67328Y-15939S5W500H300.gif"></a>.

The downside of course was that since the <a href="http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au">local council</a> had road closures we had to be there before midday.

It was a loooong day!

Still, we had a good time, were there with friends (both local and international), and I also learnt something about my <a href="http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Nikon/nikon_cp5400.asp">Nikon Coolpix 5400</a> so after the 9pm fireworks my pictures improved dramatically. (Thankyou Nathan!)


Here are some of the photos I took:

<img src="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/resources/jmcp/nye_sydney_01.jpg">

<img src="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/resources/jmcp/nye_sydney_02.jpg">

<img src="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/resources/jmcp/nye_sydney_03.jpg">

<img src="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/resources/jmcp/nye_sydney_04.jpg">

<img src="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/resources/jmcp/nye_sydney_05.jpg">


That girl in the last photo ..... we politely asked her to sit down when the midnight fireworks started (there was also a 9pm set but she was canoodling for those)...all her friends asked her to sit down as well but she insisted that it was her right to stand up. I think she assumed that everybody was going to stand up as well --- a completely nuts idea actually, because everybody around us had been there for at least 9 hours (if not longer) by that time and we couldn't be bothered! There's also the wobbly camera shot issue to take into account.

Oh well, image cropping with <a href="http://www.gimp.org">The Gimp</a> will save my photos.

We had a great night. Our friends from the USA thought it was most definitely worth the 13.5 hour flight from San Francisco.


NYE 2005/06 rocked.

Hippy Moo Ear to everybody!





Comments:

Hey, nice photos! My brother was over there in Sydney for New Years as well, looks like it was a pretty good night! I had a go at trying to fix that last photo to see if I could get rid of the not-so-innocent-bystander: results here - not perfect, but not too bad, aah the wonders of The Gimp :-)

Happy New Year from us folks in Dublin!

Posted by Tim Foster on January 01, 2006 at 11:12 PM EST #

Tim, that looks fantastic! Could you email me the details on how you made those changes please. Thanks, James

Posted by James McPherson on January 03, 2006 at 12:16 PM EST #

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