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Sunrise photo expedition

On Friday morning I got up early (before 5:30) and headed to Sydney’s Balmoral Beach for a sunrise photo session. I planned to do one of these last weekend, but on the day I had set aside it was raining heavily that morning, so I changed plans.

This time I got to the beach and headed down to a small exposed sandstone rock platform, jutting from the sand into the water. The tide was low – at high tide these rocks would be covered with water. The sky was just beginning to lighten, but unfortunately the cloud cover was not great for sunrise photos:

Edwards dawn

There was a dark, thick band of cloud right on the horizon, and barely any cloud in the nearby sky above. This is exactly the opposite of what you want for shooting a sunrise: a clear horizon for the sun to shine through, and lots of cloud above for the golden and red light to bounce off and set the sky ablaze with colour. Early morning swimmers and joggers appeared on the scene, providing small points of interest for photos. After a while the tide started coming in, so to avoid being stuck on the rocks and having to wade back, I moved back across the sand and took photos from the path behind the beach. You can see the rocks I had been standing on in the middle of this next photo:

First light at Edwards Beach

As the sun continued rising, it became light very quickly. I ditched my tripod (I’d been taking exposures up to 30 seconds long), and walked around, taking some handheld shots.

Morning kayakers

With the sun up and the day beginning, I packed up to head off for the rest of the day. I love getting up early and seeing the world wake up!

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