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A Lazy Winter Sunset @ Clontarf Beach…

by on Sep.08, 2013, under Life, Photography

It’s the last day of winter (tho you wouldn’t know it given the glorious weather we’ve been having here in Sydney for weeks) and I was heading to Clontarf on Sydney’s middle harbour to take my daughter to a late afternoon/evening birthday party. Since I had a couple of hours to kill I figured I’d take my gear and see if sunset on the beach was going to be viable – TPE showed that I’d have the sun setting directly opposite behind The Spit over the other side of the bay.

I grabbed myself some grilled fish and chips from a local eatery and headed to Clontarf Beach to sit and eat on the sand as the sun set. It’s a popular place with nice sand on a protected beach in the inner harbour so there were many families out enjoying the great weather. Once the sun neared the horizon I setup my gear and set to work.

Note: These photographs (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 sun dips over the ridge, the children are still swimming and fishing – it’s a good day to be enjoying the outdoors

Sunny Daze

Sunny Daze

NIKON D7000 + 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 18 mm, 1/15 sec at f/11, ISO 100

I tried some BigStopper long exposures for a while but nothing was really grabbing me. Half an hour after sunset however, we still had great twilight colour in the sky – oranges and deep blues – and the lights on the houses and buildings had come on across the bay. It was dark enough now to do the long exposures naturally

Masts in the Bay

Masts in the Bay

NIKON D7000 + 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 18 mm, 44 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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