Mahon Morning Sunrise

Wave Watcher

Wave Watcher

Hello All,

As promised the rest of the shots from that sunrise morning. The Mahon Pool is just north of Maroubra Beach and you can find a big carpark just on the north side where you park and walk down to the pool. It is an ocean pool, fed by the water at high tide (not sure about fishing in there tho). There are some interesting rock formations in the area, along with a lovely rock shelf which at high tide all of the water cascades off.. I believe someone has named them the cathedral rocks. Just behind them there is a natural rock bridge.

Tired Eyes, Tired Tides

Tired Eyes, Tired Tides

Dad came down (thanks for the first photo pal) and had scouted around a bit further than where I normally travel. This found a great spot, a little place in the rocks that has obviously been carved out over a long time.. it has a shallow section and has some great wave effects.

Water Slide

Water Slide

I mainly headed to the Mahon Pool due to the tide being right on first light. Unfortunately Sydney has been void of much cloud cover on weekends in recent weeks, and this has caused the sky to not colour up like one normally desires for a sunrise. Never the less, still a great time of the morning.

It is getting much warmer, and before I know it im sure ill be in my board shorts and up to my waist in water again :) I think the Jumpin Jack theme is catching on… something I will probably try and execute on every shoot I get out too in the future. Could make for an interesting book one day.

Mahon Jumpin Jack

Mahon Jumpin Jack

I would recommend a visit to the Mahon Pool (even in the afternoon). With a big swell the pool and the surrounding rock structures create many opportunities for seascapers.

And with that I will leave you with 2 more shots from that morning, that I popped on here earlier this week. I am looking to get out for another Sunrise this Saturday so lets hope the weather remains as forecast!

Emotion Sickness

Emotion Sickness


Under the Waves

Under the Waves

You can view the full flickr set here.

Till next time..

Emotion Sickness

Emotion Sickness

Emotion Sickness

A little similar to yesterday, ive done some editing but not doing a bulk upload yet. This shot really just turned out fantastic in my eyes.. because its how I saw it in the morning, it has multiple elements to look at as well as what I would call some easter eggs.

I think this is something I would like to have printed on Canvas, if I ever get an amazing colourful morning I want it to be here.

I promise the whole set will come soon.

This goes out to Silverchair – Emotion Sickness.. a song I cherish still and from a time where I still really loved Silverchair (bring back the angst lads)

Till next time..

Sneak Peek… Under the Waves

Under the Waves

Under the Waves

Hey All,

Shot a sunrise at Maroubra on Saturday morning but have not had the time to process, so I thought I would upload a sneak peek of one shot I loved from the morning and couldnt resist making the time to edit. Been listening to the latest Pendulum Album of late so decided to name it after one of the tracks, one that I enjoy very much.

Pendulum – Under the Waves

I lie still as the water
But my visions are broken
Head caught in the tide as
Cruel as the ocean
Dreams are made in the distance
I will not be among them
Silence is killing me
And I can hardly touch the ground

I am deep in a river
Waves above my head
Held with no spirit
We descend
We reach the end

I am deep in a river
Waves above my head
Held with no spirit
We descend
We reach the end

I am deep in a river
Waves above my head
Held with no spirit
We descend
We reach the end

We descend
We reach the end

Should have the rest up early in the week.

Till next time..

Anniversary Sunrise

AS promised :) A visit to 1 year after my first sunrise at the same beach. Coogee Beach in Sydney is a lovely beach, with some natural and man made ocean pools available for swimmers. On the south side of the beach there is a surf club with an ocean pool which has these strange castle like pillars, that make for great subjects in the morning light.

Sun Jumpin Jack

Sun Jumpin Jack

Everytime i visit Coogee the ocean has changed the shape of the land. With the built up area being filled to the top with sand, or massive holes have been emptied out. To my delight this time the ocean has swept clear some rocks next to the ocean pool, which I havent shot before.. and it had a magical layer of moss that just picked up the light beautifully.

Eyes on Fire

Eyes on Fire

A great spot, one I think ill have to go back and visit often in the coming years. If you want to head there yourself, I recommend a visit to by parking along Carr St, then checking out the weather on www.willyweather.com.au to see what it will be like. I quite like low and high tide, low tide gives the opportunity to shoot a longer smooth pool, where as high tide gives the opportunity to crash waves over the ocean pool.

Flood

Flood

So whilst I was there I wrote a message in the sand, perhaps something I can continue where possible.. a where’s wally approach perhaps.

Outside in Pixels

Outside in Pixels

And ill leave you with one of my favourites from the morning.

It was warm enough I hope to get out for a few more, a jersey and a jacket was enough.. tho the water was bitterly cold and I got very wet.

Till next time..

First Sunrise

First Sunrise

First Sunrise

Tomorrow marks a small milestone for me, 1 year since my first sunrise in terms of photography. It is an important date as gives me a measureable time, to see what I have done and where I have gone in the last year. I have changed some gear, I have travelled specifically for photography (not just taken a camera) and I have learnt a lot about the hobby and myself.

Surf Club

Surf Club

Where will the next year take me? I do not know… tomorrow I will write about my celebration of this date, with a trip back to the original beach.

Ocean Pool

Ocean Pool

Back then I was sporting a small Lowepro bag, D40, 18-105mm VR, National Geographic Plastic Tripod and no Filters… I think I did pretty well.. apart from sleeping in.. getting there late and feeling very out of place! My my how times have changed (although I still feel out of place)

Ill leave you with some more shots from that first sunrise, I hope you enjoy.

Beach Tracks

Beach Tracks

Shoes in the Sand

Shoes in the Sand

Till next time..

Amsterdam. Trams, Dams, Frites, Mayo.. All things DUTCH!

Lone Bike

Lone Bike

Stop number… six on Euro Trip 09 is Amsterdam.. known for it’s colourful history, architecture, culture and people.. this amazing city had been very well hyped up.. and it didnt fail to deliver. Unfortunately in terms of photography, I was inspired but I think I failed to capture what I saw (whilst i retain all my memories, unlike most people’s visits to Amsterdam).. i certainly did find it to be a magical place.

Bikes, as indicated by the first photo is definitely one major part of Amsterdam life and culture.. they are everywhere.. they have right of way.. they scare the bejebus out of you! We headed around on one of the bike tours offered by New Europe and it was a great way to see a lot of the city in a short amount of time. We actually chose a beautiful day as well, which was handy.. but I decided against taking the camera due to logistics, and boy I was sorry after wards :(

So what to do in Amsterdam? Well everyone says go visit the coffee shop.. and what does that look like? Well here is one method of coffee.. Amsterdam style (wow it is really coffee ;) )

And what do you eat? Well Chips and Mayo of course!.. ok well we were on a backpacker budget and food in Amsterdam is certainly not cheap! One of the best (and also claims to be the best) Chip shops in the world we found on Damrak between Dam Square and the railway station. Infact.. i think we ate there twice in a row (within an hour of each other).

Chips & Mayo

Chips & Mayo

Of course.. I should say Frites but im sure you can overlook that part of this article. There is just so much to do and see.. Amsterdam has beautiful parks.. the Vondelpark and Flevopark as well as the gorgeous canals that surround the center of town.

We ventured into the Heineken Brewery Tour, Van Gough Gallery, Windmill Brewery & Bar and we walked past the Anne Frank Huis.

Downtown

Downtown

So why did I leave the red light district to last you might say? Well.. what more can be said.. what an interesting and colourful part of the town.. but one I certainly wouldnt take my camera to. If you actually were able to manage to take a decent photo between the drunken bucks parties or people sniggering at the talent in the window.. then the bouncers might jump out and kindly relieve you of that burden you call a camera.

All in all a very photogenic place, and somewhere I would like to spend time to really capture some amazing photos in the future. I leave you with a shot from the platform, around 6am .. the day we left for Berlin.. and the place I will write about next.

Depature

Departure

As usual you can view the full set here.

Till next time..

Cold Wash

Cold Wash

Cold Wash

I was sitting here tonight.. cold.. thinking about how I havent been to the sea for a while and revisiting some past explorations.. found an old shot I am quite fond of. Taken on a cold, wet and very windy afternoon at the Mahon Pool at Maroubra in Sydney… it reminded me that infact.. I am warm inside here tonight! A great place to visit, and another place ill go to for a sunrise again soon.

If you want to join, drop me a line :)

Till next time.. stay warm.

P.S – Remember to wash in cold to avoid running colours.

The Story of the Snow Igloo

Snowy Pano

Snowy Panorama

So.. you think I am crazy? Well no not really.. just have an enjoyment of getting out and doing things that not many others do! So i have a great friend Neil, and he has taken me canyoning and to some great parts of Australia I had never been before. He says to me, lets build an igloo and sleep in it overnight.. coming from him.. its a totally right thing to do!

Unfortunately, Australia isnt really known for it’s great snow seasons and this is the case this year.. well until we get home.. but ill save that for later.

Jumpin Jack

Jumpin Jack

We planned over a few weeks to head down on a Friday night to just south of Canberra to a place called Adaminaby. Where we would stay the night and get up at sparrow fart to head down to Dead Horse Gap near Thredbo, to hike up the hill and build an igloo to fit 4. Unfortunately the snow wasnt on our side, we didnt stay in Adaminaby and we ended up spending 2 nights in Canberra.

The friday we headed to Canberra and stayed with friends, getting up early and heading down to Thredbo. I had never been to the snow before, but having heard some good things i was really very excited. Before I knew it we were driving down the Alpine Way and past the slopes.. urgh.. are you sure? I asked.. as i see people skiing but the road was bare.. there was no snow on the road, near the markers and I could see most of the terrain around the village. Anywho we persevered along to Dead Horse Gap and much to our dismay the situation didnt get much better. Simply not enough snow, around 20cm or so? We needed around a min of 50cm so we could cut the blocks out to form the igloo. Anyway we decided to head up to the spot to see what it was like, albeit hiking up without our gear.

Snowcave Trooper

Snowcave Trooper

The hike up is around 1.1km and you climb up to about 1725m (from ~1500m). So it is a decent walk, we headed up and made a snowman, an ice cave for Stormy Stormtrooper and a good old snow ball fight before heading back down. We returned to Canberra via Cooma (to drop off gear) and then the back way through Adaminaby which was great it gave me a chance to take some photos. So.. an explore to a degree.. the Southern Highlands are a beautiful part of Australia and I think we scouted some spots to camp this coming summer.

Southern Highlands Panorama

Southern Highlands Panorama

Our luck shows that perhaps this weekend would have been more fruitful, with > 55cm of snow dropping in the last 24 hours.. the biggest fall of the season and one that would make for awesome igloo making!

Magic Hours

Magic Hours

As usual you can click for the bigger on flickr.

You can view the full set here.

Till next time..

Hunter Valley.. wine, vin, vino, vinho, wino.. ?????

Audrey Wilkinson Panorama

Audrey Wilkinson Panorama

Last week/weekend I took the better half on a trip to the Hunter Valley staying at a lovely placed called Talga Estate. We decided on a quick get away, that wasnt too far a drive from Sydney and having never visted the hunter for wine itself.. it was a great choice. One of the best things about the area is that everything is in fairly close proximity.. so whilst there is a little travel between you still feel like you are in a rural area. We had penciled in a few places to visit from limited information before we left.. this was namely the Mt Pleasent & Tyrrells Wineries. They offer cheap tours ($5 each) which covers the process of wine making and then the tasting (which I think everyone looks forward too).

Tyrrells Wine Barrel

Tyrrells Wine Barrel

A tip: If you visit, try and land a Thursday in the mix! We were the only people on the Mt Pleasent tour (11am), and only a few more people were in our Tyrrells tour! (1:30pm). The times suit these two, as you have time to relax inbetween attending the next one (and try before you buy). There are numerous wine tours of the region, which would be great to do.. but would be a big day where everything just blends into each other…. visiting only a handful in a day was a great way to remember what you liked and what you learnt.

Now you cant go past the fact that the valley also has a couple of beer breweries :) So inbetween wine tasting we headed up towards the Bluetongue Brewery.. we also had a tip that Mistletoe Lane (opposite the brewery) could be a good spot for photos.. it was nice but it didnt quite capture what I wanted… alas driving back to our estate we headed down a new road (deasey’s road) and i found a great fence line, with the sun setting to take the shot below.

A Sunburnt Country

A Sunburnt Country

Being very pleased with what I had found, I decided to try for some Star trails that evening.. away from lights.. check… new moon .. no check :( .. no clouds.. no check :( .. but a cool dreamscape effect was achieved due to this. The cloud cover was low, and moving quite quickly and this lit up the land on a long exposure. Unfortunately.. i slightly stooged it up by forgetting my IR remote at home.. this meant no long exposures in bulb mode and I only had 30 sec exposures to play with. This was quite a bit of fun, as most of my star trail attempts thus far had remained on ISO200 (min on D90). This time i played with ISO1600 and ISO3200.. great stuff. I think I will make an effort to finding some more star trail locations close to Sydney in the future, I just love them.

Night Vines Dreamscape

Night Vines Dreamscape

We were set to stay with friends on the Central Coast on Friday and Saturday night.. so headed off from the valley about midday on Friday. With time up our sleeves we decided to head north of Newcastle, to Stockton beach. Stockton beach has some amazing natural sand dunes which havent completely eroded away (unlike Kurnell in Sydney :( ). Unfortunately there isnt much access to these dunes unless you have a 4wd! None the less it was nice checking out some spots in Newcastle, I think with a bit of local knowledge there are some great photo opportunities in the region. After our visit and relax, we headed down to Gorokan where we were staying (but our friend wasnt going to be home till 7pm). On our way through Belmont we noticed a fantastic colourful sunset in the distance, and unlike Sydney.. the area has lakes and things that make sunsets pretty (i.e – foreground interest not just colours). The shot below is a longer exposure to smooth the water, and capture the reflections on Lake Maquarie.. i also just liked the look of Pete.

Pete

Pete

After a night of a few beers and an interesting sleep on a futon, our friends decided to show us a nice beach on the coast, before heading to The Entrance for fush and chups. This saw us head north from Gorokan to a lovely spot called Catherine Hill Bay… this bay has a lovely beach and nice looking surf. The jetty has been decommissioned and closed off, but it must have loaded goods from the nearby mine in recent times. Below is a shot from the beach, in the set there is also a panorama of the area.

Catherine Hill Bay

Catherine Hill Bay

And then that is it for this little exploration. I had a great time (and seemingly so did the better half). I have tagged the location of most of the images in Flickr if you care to check.. if you would like some further information about where we stayed, what we did and where we ate im sure I can remember most of it. Ended up with a few decent bottles of wine too! I leave you with a shot of the better half, standing in a fantastic light on the Wednesday at Tatler’s Winery in Lovedale (same winery where Stormy Stormtrooper got a drink on last week).

Better Half

Better Half

As usual the full set can be seen here.

Till next time..

Munchen.. Tall Beers, Hall beers and the Disney Castle

Paulaner Beer Garten

Paulaner Beer Garten

Next stop on my alphabetical european adventure is Munchen! Set in the heart of Bavaria, this beautiful city which is home to events such as Oktoberfest offers a wide variety of drinking and photo opportunities. Munchen has many different beer halls and gartens, scattered around this well laid out city. It oozes european style with architecture and garten design making for a great place to visit.

Englisher Garten

Englisher Garten

We spent the most part exploring most of this town, and infact lots of walking around in circles looking for schnitzel and bier. The Glockenspiel is one of the most (if not the most) overrated attractions in Europe.. infact I would skip it altogether if Marienplatz wasnt in the middle of everything. The shopping is great too, with a wide variety of stores and styles.

Personal favourites for Beer visits was the Englisher Garten and the Hofbrau Haus… the Paulaner Bier Garten was nice as well, however a bit out of the way (tho we did wak there, should have just got the tram!). Well within day trip reach of Munchen is also numerous places.. including quick trips into Austria to visit places like Eagle’s Nest (near Salzburg).

So on the train we went… we saw some cool stuff… amazing views from the train window of the snow capped mountains..

From the Moving Train

From the Moving Train

We decided to head towards Neuschwanstein Castle.. which is what Walt Disney used as a design element for his classic animation Fantasia.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

This is a beautiful and classic building and one of the most breathtaking vies I had in europe. There is a draw bridge on the opposite side of the castle, unfortunately that side of the castle is under restoration (much like the rest of europe) and this meant a whole lot of scaffolding.. unfortunately I feel this just takes away from the building itself so have not included further shots of the castle. Definitely recommend a visit at one stage if visiting Europe or Munich itself.

The view as i mentioned was fantastic, as there are beautiful lakes filled with crystal blue water from the snow capped mountain tops.. it really feels like im talking about a fairy tale! This is the Alpsee lake with the view from the castle… it was gorgeous and I will leave the story of Munchen here. As usual click below for the full set.

Alpsee Lake

Alpsee Lake


The full set can be seen here.

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