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Ferry Day

Sydney has one awful subway system called CityRail. Maybe I shouldn't compare CityRail with other cutting edge networks in Japan or Hong Kong, but it's really bad. The trains are old, staffs are bunch of amateurs, every weekend they replace lines with buses doing maintenance job and still manages to break down during the weekday peak hours. I have many stories on how bad CityRail (sometimes called ShityRail) is but probably I can save it for another time.

Anyway so I don't really like taking train and had to visit the city. I didn't feel like to drive, so this time I decided to take a ferry. Sydney also has ferry network called River Cat :) The departure was from the suburb called Parramatta and I was heading to the Circular Quay where the Opera House is. On the day when I went to the ferry station, there was sign saying due to the low tide on the Parramatta river, they replaced one route with the bus. Low tide... WT...

Long story short I took some photos on my trip to the city. All the photos were taken with X100.

"Bus People"
This one was one of my favourites, people on the bus. All these people were waiting on the queue at the ferry station and were informed that there is no ferry so got on the replacement bus. Due to the nature of the transportation itself it attracts many tourists as well. I didn't notice at first but the picture captured a variety of expressions on people. It feels like a primary school recursion.

"On The Ferry"
Still excited. You have to endure awful lot of wind to sit outside like this, but people seem enjoying it.


"Inside Ferry"
This shot was a bit funny how it turned out. The dirty window on the ferry nicely diffused the sunlight (I think...) and created nice warm atmosphere inside.

If you have a chance to visit Sydney, getting on the ferry is not that bad idea. Probably not to/from the west suburb but taking one from Circular Quay (The Opera House) to Manly beach or Watsons Bay would be really nice.

All the images were published under the "Creative Commons" licence.


  1. Hi, I'm considering buying a Fuji X100, however I'm still torn between the X100 and the X10. The X100 does seem to give better quality image and your lovely pictures are proof of that. I especially love the one inside the ferry, I was wondering if the pictures you post are processed ? Because I really like saturated colors too and I was wondering if I could get that from the pictures from the x100 directly from the RAW files ?

  2. Thank you Claire.

    Most of color photos in this blogs are post processed from the raw files of X100 including B&W photos. Especially to get that high saturation, I found the native settings in the camera is not enough for me, but that doesn't mean that jpeg images from X100 are not good, just not 100% for me, so I do post processing.

    Both of X100 and X10 are great cameras, but for me the image quality and the aesthetic of the camera itself of X100 convinced the price difference between two :)


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