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Sunrise at South Head…

by on Jan.18, 2012, under Life, Photography

It was a very wet, rainy and extremely cloudy morning when I awoke before 4AM for the early trip over to Watsons Bay/Camp Cove on the South Head of Sydney Harbour for another seascape outing.

I’d not been to this location before so was thankful for some useful directions provided me on the way 🙂

I must say it wasn’t looking good – in fact it looked very grim – it was pouring rain in the city when I was driving through on the way and the sky was just one mass of heavy clouds – I really wasn’t expecting much this day other than dark grey.

As luck would have it – it wasn’t raining when I arrived at South Head and since I had packed a raincoat in my camera backpack and carried an umbrella on my walk around to the lighthouse it didn’t rain the whole time we were there and only started to rain again when we were about 100m from the car on the way back out – so that was the good news 🙂

We parked in the carpark near Camp Cove Kiosk and walked across the beach and along the path following the coastline around to Hornby Lighthouse which is at the tip of South Head.

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 slideshow gallery viewer.

On the way out to the lighthouse I took this shot during twilight from the Northern end of Camp Cove looking back to the city

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 15 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

We got a few breaks in the clouds but there wasn’t much of a show at sunrise. We stayed up on the top of the cliff rather than braving the rock shelves below (mostly because we only arrived barely in time for sunrise itself) and it was very windy up top. However we did get to look over the very interesting Red and White striped lighthouse and had a great view out to sea to watch the sun peek under the clouds on the horizon before darting back behind the thick dark mass. We got a few bursts of light and a nice almost God ray effect with the sun shining through the rain pouring down on the far horizon.

A couple views out to see just as the sun hit the horizon which I’m happy with

Dawns Fire

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 3 sec at f/11, ISO 100


NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

and then it was time to try and craft some images of the lighthouse whilst the suns early rays were shooting across the sea to the coast, before the sun moved higher and behind the heavy black clouds

Storms Brewin’

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 100


NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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