Week 7 – Australia Day Sunrise

Week 7 – Australia Day Sunrise saw an epic mission unfold! As touched upon in Week 6.. the Australia Day long weekend for 2011 turned out to be epic! Basically a 5 day weekend was formed and myself and a few friends used this to our advantage. We decided to head down south for the first time.. to a little place called Coalcliff which is just south of the Royal National Park. There has been much said about this location for seascapes and sunrises and with Dan suggesting an all night journey.. how could we resist?

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Week 6 – Whale Beach

Week 6 takes us back to Australia Day 2011.. a long weekend which saw me heading out for 2 sunrises, one which included an all night trip down the south coast (not such a great idea.. I recommend sleeping in the car!)

This was one of the most successful sunrises for me yet.. and it came about from sitting on a rock perch above the platform I was resting the camera on. It is a bit wild the old Whale Beach with the headlands not really protecting the rock platforms next to the beach due to the way they have been formed. So I sat on a higher rock with my tripod fully extended on the rock below.. I would then shoot with my cable release and yank the tripod up by the neck if the larger sets rolled through. By the end of sunrise I was drained.. just from the focus and ongoing concentration on not only what the camera is doing but what the ocean is doing around it.

Makes it sound complicated eh? And some people think all you need to do is press a button! I have been doing lots of shooting lately, but less processing… I seem to be moving towards less is more approach and I might need to restructure my blog posts to include less images (i.e post images up as I complete them rather than wait for me to finish processing sunrises). At the moment I have around 5 sunrises which are incomplete, some which I havent uploaded any photos from at all.. it doesnt bother me too much but I am finding I will edit a shot from one sunrise and move to the next.. to keep it fresh. I think this requires some further thought.

Till next time..

Week 5 – The Ten Stop Pool

Week 5 – The Ten Stop Pool visits one of my favourite photography spot’s in Sydney, the Mahon Pool in Maroubra. This great location has so many different faces depending on the day and the weather.. and lots of different features and spots near by.. I havent gotten near to seeing it’s full potential yet but I look forward to sharing more. This morning was a bit difficult as it was a fairly large swell and it comes in over the pool. You can see the swirl on the water where it has been disturbed over the 3 minutes. Not long after I moved back to higher ground a bit set came through and would have easily gotten me a bit more wet than I was when I started. All part of the fun.

Till next time..

Week 4 – Ten Boat Ramp Stops

Week 4 – Ten Boat Ramp Stops. This is a shot of just over 5minutes.. at sunset at the same location as Week 2 in Port Botany. This is a pretty busy hub of boats that come and go.. I had a variety of shots from that evening and this turned out the best. I would have preferred perhaps more cloud streaking and a little less harshness in the light.. but we take what we can get :)

Till next time..

Week 3 – Ten Stop Coathanger

Week 3 – Ten Stop Coathanger. A Sydney icon was my target on this specific week.. I organised a get together with some fellow photographers as I had this in mind. We then headed out for some fantastic Japanese afterwards.. A great way to spend a weekend in summer in Sydney. Unfortunately for me there wasnt really the right cloud that I was hoping for, but I did pickup this lovely glow on the bridge from the setting sun. I would love to head back and capture something similar.. infact this might be my task for one of my exposures over the next couple of weeks.

Till next time..

Week 2 – Port Botany Ten Stops

Week 2 – Port Botany Ten Stops. This was just at the new boat ramp they have built next to the 3rd runway in Sydney. There have been massive developments in the area with the expansion of Port Botany. It is very impressive and I would in fact love to time lapse the area one day. This feels like an eternity ago now.. I think I can improve on this location however :)

Till next time..

Week 1 – The Ten Stop Bus Stop

OK! So I started this project at the beginning of the year.. I have completed 24 weeks of it thus far.. though have a couple to put up still. It is an open ended project, with the idea that ill get out there and do a long exposure each week! So I was sort of putting this into other blog posts I was doing but that seems a bit daft.. I should just do it the same as Stormy Stormtrooper. I think ill put the first 20 weeks up every few days and then slot them into updates every Sunday night.

So this is Week 1 .. at the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. f8 @ 61 seconds

Till next time..

La Perouse Sunrise Long Exposure

This is a rather cold shot from the 31st of March. It is actually Week 12 in my 10 Stop Project and this was taken under the bridge to Bare Island at La Perouse in Sydney. La Perouse sits near the heads of Botany Bay and is pretty much where Captain Cook first landed (Memorial is on the other side of the bay at Kurnell).

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Turimetta Beach in Early May

Turimetta Beach is a rather wild beach in Warriewood on the northern beaches in Sydney. I say wild because it feels rather untamed.. almost like you aren’t in Sydney at all. It is tucked away from houses, lights and almost always has decent sized surf crashing over the rock shelf. It is a seascape photographer’s paradise and every time you head there you are almost guaranteed to see at least 5 – 10 other photographers. I think the most I counted was around 25! It is the taming of the wild beast however as Turimetta is not forgiving and the roughness of the beach means the sandbanks and what is exposed is forever changing

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A Cloudy South Coogee Sunrise

If you follow me on any social medias you might have seen me up and about at ungodly hours over the last week or so.. this has been in trying to kick start my winter drive for sunrises. Why winter you say? Isnt it colder? Yes.. its freezing.. it is so so so so cold in the morning. But historically from my observations the colder months produce some more spectacular sunrises. I personally find however that its getting back into the groove of making consistent returns to the beach in the morning that is key to ongoing early rises. And how does sunrise work as a photographer

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