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Diamond Bay Reserve… Rocks, Ocean & Fishermen…

by on Aug.13, 2012, under Life, Photography

Straight after our sunrise shoot at Macquarie Light House we headed to nearby Diamond Bay Reserve on the coastline on South Head to see what the location was like.

We followed the path around the clifftops above the bay to check out what we could see. Just off the boardwalk at the southern end we followed a small trail down onto the cliff and found a fisherman on the rocks on a cliff ledge way below. The old path down was about as precarious as it could be, with narrow exposed steps and some rotten looking logs bridging a gap where the cliff had likely fallen away followed by some more steps and then a ladder down to the ledge where a small stone hut perched above the raging waves. Not for the faint of heart – and yes those fisherman are certifiable 🙂

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.

This isn’t the best composition but was taken lying down and hanging slightly over the edge of the cliff looking down…

Fishermans Hut

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 1/100 sec at f/9, ISO 100

From here we could also see some fishermen on lower ledges of the cliff on the other side of the bay along with some ladders and ropes along the bottom of the cliff. We headed back around the top of the cliff with a view to finding a way down. After scrambling down a narrow gorge Gerry and I made our way to the bottom and took some shots from the rocks (which were getting nicely submerged (and almost me along with it) as some waves came crashing in)

It’s amazing the sorts of buildings they allow perched right on the headland cliffs – I’d be interested to know if you like the mono or colour (or neither) view of this composition…

Raging Water and Skies

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 1/6 sec at f/11, ISO 100

The Block

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 1/5 sec at f/16, ISO 100

I wasn’t really sure this image using the ten stop ND has worked but I’d be interested to see (the original in colour is also pretty interesting – with really blue skies and turquoise water and slightly aqua fog on the rocks)

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 60 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Lastly for kicks – there were two wrecked cars in the gorge crying out for some HDR treatment…

Your Car

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 12 mm, 4

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