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Dawn Seascape @ Ivo Rowe Pool, Coogee…

by on Mar.09, 2011, under Life, Photography

Having been invited to a dawn seascape shoot to Ivo Rowe Pool at Coogee in the eastern suburbs of Sydney I got up around 4AM and eventually made my way over to Coogee for a 5:30AM start. It wasn’t looking good to begin with (it was raining on the way) and after arriving, the other mad photogs and I did a bit of a reconnoitre and the signs weren’t all that promising – the sky was completely filled with cloud (which would mean no colourful sunrise) and it was very windy with lots of seaspray (not good for camera or lens), not to mention the light drizzle.

Just before sunrise we saw some gaps in the sky and the rain had stopped so it was on…

This first image is a pre sunrise long exposure at 6:20AM

NIKON D90 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 25 sec at f / 16, ISO 200

There was a nice river of “green stuff” which I attempted to get a good composition of without a great deal of success, here I’ve combined two images into a diptych

NIKON D90 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 19 & 25 mm, 6 & 2.5 sec at f / 22, ISO 200

Finally about 10 minutes after sunrise we got some good breaks in the clouds and some colour in the sky – 6:52AM

NIKON D90 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 1/6 sec at f / 22, ISO 200

About 35 minutes after sunrise @ 7:20AM and moments before my (and my poor D90’s) dunking, after a large wave crashed and splashed over us – I ended up drenched from head to toe, luckily the camera seems to have survived relatively unscathed.

NIKON D90 + 8.0-16.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 12 mm, 1/13 sec at f / 22, ISO 200

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