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Coledale Sunrise… Almost…

by on Apr.06, 2012, under Life, Photography

Headed out with some friends for a sunrise photo shoot at Coledale. With sunrise due to arrive around 7AM we headed out early (I got up around 3:30AM) for the long drive through the city and down the coast almost to Wollongong where we stopped at the small sleepy township of Coledale.

We ended up arriving early but this allowed a darkness rece of the area to scope out some potential locations – we decided the ocean pool was the best bet. In the darkness of pre dawn it was looking promising with an array of lighter looking clouds in the sky which we’d hoped would bode well for a colourful sunrise. Unfortunately whoever ordered the clouds that morning hit “Buy Now” a few too many times because more is just more and definitely not better in this instance.

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.


NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 2 sec at f/9, ISO 100

Sunrise came with no fanfare and heavy clouds blocked just about all the colour in the sky – twilight was a non event and I managed to snag a few less than stellar images just as the sun hit the horizon. I’ve taken a ‘few’ liberties with the colour and white balance to add a better mood…


NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 1.3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Out to Sea

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 1.3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

as luck would have it just when all was lost we were given a second chance… we had god rays beaming down through some gaps in the heavy clouds and they actually lasted for quite some time which was handy for trying different compositions with different lenses even

Lit by God

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 98 mm, 1/640 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Golden Nucleus

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 1/15 sec at f/13, ISO 200

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