Pink Flush in Cronulla…

The rapid change in light and colour during our sunrise session at Cronulla Beach was nothing short of amazing.

The change from deep blues, through various shades of purples and pinks through to bright fiery yellows, oranges and reds and then back to deep purples and blues tinged with pink fire was as quick as it was fantastic. In the space of ten minutes we’d seen everything.

Cobalt Flush

Cobalt Flush

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 15 sec at f/13, ISO 100

This was not the morning to be fumbling with camera settings, camera setup or compositions. If it was working you’d stay there, if it wasn’t you needed to move and work quickly and surely.

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.

To finish off my morning session I tried a few different things in the changing light…

Up top the surreal colour and reflections at 6:45AM and just a few minutes to “sunrise” (not that we’d actually see the sun with that very heavy band of cloud out to sea).

Two minutes later and I’d moved to try a composition with these cratered and pockmarked rocks with tiny pools of reflective water.

Moonscape Visions

Moonscape Visions

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 15 sec at f/13, ISO 100

and finally over to the pool to chat with the others right after “sunrise”. I wanted to use a long exposure to smooth the water and give this pool a more soft surreal feel to go with the rest of the conditions. I dropped the ISO down to 50 and amazingly our swimmer rested still enough against the wall of the pool long enough to get a sharp image even at 13 seconds.

Waiting on Ice

Waiting on Ice

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 13 sec at f/13, ISO 50

and just like that our morning session was over – the others had packed up and we’re off to a local cafe for some well earned sustenance.