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Sunrise @ Bombo Quarry…

by on Jul.08, 2012, under Life, Photography

Having seen some photos from others around this location I’d long wanted to try the spot myself – it is however a two hour drive south of Sydney :(. I was staying the night at my parents house in the Shoalhaven over the weekend so decided to get up early on Sunday morning and make the 30 minute trip to Bombo Quarry (near Kiama) on the south coast.

I arrived about an hour before sunrise and parked in the parking area overlooking Bombo beach on Panama street – a couple of rock fisherman were also arriving at around the same time and one of them gave me some directions to where I wanted to go.

As luck would have it I ended up with a nearly cloudless morning again with just some heavy cloud on the horizon which just delayed the appearance of the sun so no brilliant coloured clouds and skies for me again 🙂

Still this location is a treasure trove of interesting rocks, pools, formations, colours, textures and lines and you could literally spend days exploring and photographing this small area. I think summer would probably be a better time to photograph the main wall of extruded rock since the rising sun might hit the face of the rock from a more southern angle rather than rising behind as it does in winter. A sewerage treatment plant is also on the headland with the outflows into the water which might explain the abundance of crazy vibrant things growing in the pools of water.

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.

The following shot was actually looking south down the coast to catch some morning light hitting the rocks

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 21 sec at f/11, ISO 100

This was taken (looking north over the main rock wall) right up on top of one of the rock formations where I found this interesting lone plant gripping on for dear life in this harsh environment amongst these great textured rocks

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 3 sec at f/16, ISO 100

After sunrise I spent some time behind the rock wall photographing some interesting rock pools with the rocks silhouetting the rising sun

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 2 sec at f/16, ISO 100


NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 1/6 sec at f/16, ISO 100


NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 1/5 sec at f/16, ISO 100

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