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South Curl Curl…

by on Aug.16, 2014, under Life, Photography

Another day, another sunrise session… not quite…

I wasn’t actually planning to shoot sunrise this morning – my camera gear was all packed for a trip away but I was actually planning on a good nights sleep. However for some bizarre reason I woke early – very early – I tried to go back to sleep but I was probably thinking about shooting sunrise since I was awake well before dawn. After about half an hour I gave it up as a lost cause and got up and headed out to see what sunrise brought

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.

Having not actually planned somewhere to shoot I decided to try somewhere I’d never shot sunrise before – South Curl Curl on Sydney’s Northern beaches

There’s a nice tidal pool there at one end of Curl Curl beach with some nice rocks beside the pool

Early on it wasn’t looking all that promising – there was a nice band of rich red on the horizon with deep blue skies above but no clouds to be seen. I was on the beach and setup at 6:15AM (about 45 minutes before sunrise) – this one at 6:25 using a little light painting on the foreground rocks

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 103 sec at f/11, ISO 200

I headed over to the pool itself to try some shots there – it was very quite and peaceful at this time of the morning – it’s part of what I really enjoy about sunrise photography – a fantastic time of the day

Out of nowhere some clouds started appearing out to sea – we could get lucky I thought – bring it on…

Morning Silence

Morning Silence

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 10.00 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Headed back to the rocks and was searching for some nice composition with great array of green moss covered rocks in the foreground with the water rushing around and over them just as the sky began to light up. Awesome – about 15 minutes till sunrise and just what the doctor ordered

Pink and Green Curly

Pink and Green Curly

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 13 sec at f/11, ISO 100

ten minutes to go and we’re getting fiery red clouds and more of them

Reflections of Fire

Reflections of Fire

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 17 mm, 2.50 sec at f/11, ISO 100

the tide was rising and the sun was going to hit the horizon soon – the colours and textures changed – it was just enough time to move to a new spot and setup some interesting compositions of clouds, stones, swirling water and sand

Candy Curls

Candy Curls

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 1.60 sec at f/11, ISO 50

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