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Sunrise Seascape @ Little Bay in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs…

by on Jun.11, 2011, under Life, Photography

A couple of other fellow enthusiast photographers and I did another early morning dawn seascape shoot – this time at Little Bay (in Sydney’s eastern suburbs). None of us has shot here before so we were taking a bit of a punt but it turned out to be a great location, the swell was awesome and we were lucky enough to have good colour and cloud in the sky with not too much wind nor any rain. All in all a very pleasant morning.

We met at Little Bay (near the golf course) at 5:45AM which gave us half an hour or so to walk down and along the coast in the dark to setup to catch both the pre dawn show and sunrise at 6:52AM.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay gallery viewer.

Five minutes before sunrise at 6:47AM

Edge of the Abyss

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 1.0 sec at f / 14, ISO 100

At sunrise (6:52AM)

Reflections of Dawn

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 0.4 sec at f / 14, ISO 100

Five minutes after sunrise (6:57AM) – I was really happy with how this shot turned out (from the nice water movement at 1 second, the water rushing off the curved rocky ledge out in the ocean, the great stripe of clouds and colour in the sky to the nice highlight which strikes the green grass on the headland across from us) – the photography gods smiled on me for once.

Heavens Glory

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 1.0 sec at f / 16, ISO 100

Whilst walking back along the coast towards the track up to where we parked we walk across a beach (8:30AM) and one end is absolutely covered in interesting things – masses of shells of all sizes, shapes and colours, ground and smoothed pieces of old coloured glass, varieties of seaweed, very interesting stones, moss covered rocks, sea urchin shells and on and on. It was a treasure trove of stuff and I wished I’d brought my macro lens 🙁

Suren got out his extension tubes and off camera flash and gave them a try to good effect whilst I just used my Tamron 17-50mm at MFD (27cm – about 15cm from the front of the lens) and did the best I could with that – not macro but interesting stuff none the less.

Message Lost

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm, 1/60 sec at f / 8.0, ISO 125

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