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Australia Day Dawn…

by on Jan.26, 2013, under Life, Photography

Headed to Glebe/Blackwattle Bay (directly opposite the Anzac bridge) for a dawn photoshoot with Gerry and Suren.

Another nice early morning with a 5:20AM start at Glebe, instead of having no clouds in the sky like we’ve usually been having lately this time we had too much with a think bank of low fog like clouds hanging over the city. It was however noticeably moving very fast towards us across the sky so it at least boded well for some long exposure streaky skies.

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.

It was pano time today – this first was taken about 30 minutes before sunrise and is a panorama stitched from 8 vertical frames using the Nikon 16-35/4 at 26mm and 60 sec @ f/9

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 26 mm, 60 sec at f/9, ISO 100

Just after sunrise we started to get some nice stringy clouds in the sky (too late) and interestingly we still had the fast moving thick low cloud but had almost stationary high stringy clouds (moving very slowly in a different direction). Another pano stitched from 7 vertical frames using the Nikon 16-35/4 at 24mm and 1.3 sec @ f/11

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 24 mm, 1.30 sec at f/11, ISO 100

With the sun now rising in the sky it was BigStopper time – here’s a single frame showing the low clouds moving towards us from left to right and the high cloud moving slowly from right to left – 120 seconds @ f/11 and ISO 200

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 120 sec at f/11, ISO 200

Happy Australia Day Everyone :)…

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