Sunday, 13 May 2012

Another beach sunrise

We caught the flu travelling overseas a couple of weeks ago and have all been in bed. It is the first time in years we have been so sick with a virus and I had forgotten just how long it takes to recover. The good news is that we are finally all on the mend. I have postponed our mothers day lunch out at our favourite restaurant until next week (as a courtesy to the other diners lol).

The worst part of the flu is being confined to the house with no energy or motivation. This morning the dogs woke pre dawn to be let out, so I decided to jump in the car and drive to the beach to photograph the sunrise. So pleased I did. Not a great sunrise as it was too clear but there is always something uplifting in watching a new day dawn. A wonderful start to the day.

Photos were taken with a graduated neutral density filter which I have just purchased. Great idea except that my camera was on spot metering so exposure was all over the place. Definitely need a clearer head to try out new camera techniques. I can see greater depth to the sky in the shots, which brings it closer to how the scene actually appeared. Will need to experiment more.

First light.


Cormorants with wings catching the warmth of the rising sun

Enjoy your Mother's Day Ladies!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Beach sunrise

Finally managed to get out of bed early enough for another beach sunrise this morning. There was some colour pre dawn which soon disappeared. Still beautiful and worth the effort.

These are some of my photos.

Have a wonderful week and I hope that you are all safe from the floods.

Monday, 27 February 2012

A weekend in the clouds

We spent the weekend away living in the clouds (Bunya Mountains). It rained most of the time and when it didn't we saw the mist and clouds billowing down the street. It was wonderful! Cooler and a welcome break away. Bushwalking was limited, however we did manage a short 4 km walk on Saturday afternoon between showers.

Magnificent scenes to photograph but the most difficult conditions to get good photos. Low light with high contrast. I set my camera at ISO1000 and shot at low apertures at anything from 1/15 second. Lightroom has helped somewhat but I definitely have an incentive to return in better weather.

Here are some of the better photos:

Tree roots as art.

 Moss on rocks.

 Pristine rainforest.

The walking track deviated through the roots of this wonderful banyan tree.

 Bunya nuts, the size of watermelons, were falling from the trees. The trees set cones every 3 years. Does anyone get hit by falling cones. I wonder.

Looking up. Treetops are in cloud.

The girls loved the Red Necked Wallabies and especially the mothers with babies in their pouches. Such fun to stand on the balcony watching the Wallabies.

Have a wonderful week everyone.