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Malabar Rising…

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

Joined Gerry for another impromptu early morning session – this time at Malabar – another location I hadn’t been to however Gerry had visited some years ago. Suren was supposed to join us but he messaged me at 3:40AM indicating his battery was bust 🙁

So it was another very early start with a 4:30AM meetup at the carpark near Long Bay.

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.

We were originally intending on shooting from the cliffs facing north along the coastline at the next set of cliffs being lit by the early morning light. However there were almost no clouds to the north (and the wind was blowing those inland). There were heavy clouds where the sun was going to rise out to sea and around to the south so we quickly headed further north along the coast and around the bend till we could shoot south along the coast.

Before 5AM and about 40 minutes to sunrise – the view looking north towards Malabar and the city along the coast in the distance – those cliffs just to the left of middle are where we headed to next

What comes Before

What comes Before

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 82.00 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Found this lovely patch of colourful succulent right on the cliff edge to use as some foreground interest as well as this small spindly shrub.

Looking south along the coast almost 20 minutes to sunrise with a natural long exposure

The Little Tree

The Little Tree

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 30 sec at f/14, ISO 100

With fantastic pastel tones out to sea our succulent made for an ideal set of leading lines in this view a little north west along the clifftops – a couple minutes to sunrise

Clinging to Life

Clinging to Life

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 8 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Sunrise itself was pretty much a bust but we were both surprised how quickly that red ball lifted above the horizon and then back under the clouds on the horizon

Almost 15 minutes after sunrise the sun was still struggling to get through the heavy cloud on the horizon and it was just starting to peek above to light the cliffs along the coast

Racing out to Sea

Racing out to Sea

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 23 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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