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Sneaky Sunday at Lurline Bay…

by on Dec.02, 2014, under Life, Photography

Headed out for what Gerry likes to call a “sneaky sunday” to Lurline Bay in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

Lurline Bay is in the Local Government Area of Randwick. It is located about 3km north from Boona Point (near Mahon Pool) and about 2 km South of Coogee Bay.

Lurline Mood

Lurline Mood

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 151 sec at f/11, ISO 200

Gerry had been planning to shoot this location for about four months – I spied this nice channel right in the corner of the bay on Google maps and Gerry assured me that Nov/Dec was the right time to shoot because the channel would line up perfectly with the rising sun. I met Gerry in a nearby street at 5AM and we made our way down to the bay.

On Maps the channel looks for all intensive purposes to be a natural occurrence. However it wasn’t till we’d ventured down the coast and onto the rocks that we discovered that it was in fact man made. It looked live very old work and we suspected it was once a poo channel out to sea – how wrong we were…

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.

Up top is the second shot of the morning and I’ve had to bump the ISO to 200 so I didn’t have to hang around all morning for the exposure to finish :). We’ve added some light painting using torches mostly at the bottom and I’ve really lit the rocks under the water in the end of the channel to emphasise them. Even still it’s a 150 second natural long exposure to start the day at 5:10AM (half an hour till sunrise).

We were a bit worried about that heavy band of cloud on the horizon when we were walking around the coastline in the semi darkness but the colour was shaping up very nicely. A slight location and compositional change and it’s another natural long exposure ten minutes later at 5:20AM. For this shot I’ve taken the image into photoshop for a little extra work including cloning out that post.

The Lurline Motion

The Lurline Motion

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 86 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Ten minutes to sunrise and the fire in the sky has come in force – it’s great when you get some nice intense colours in the morning – doesn’t seem to happen all that often for us lately. We’re still shooting down the channel towards where the sun would rise soon – if it could make it’s way through the heavy cloud right on the horizon. I’ve left the post in this shot because I felt it balances better with this horizontal frame.

Sun Channel

Sun Channel

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 8 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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