One of the joys of living in Sydney is that you have a magnificent city scape, a beautiful harbour and many beaches and bushlands to explore.
When I arrived on this morning, I was a little disappointed about the low cloud covering the horizon, but the pre-dawn glow was just right to cast some beautiful pinks and reds into the sky. This was also a good hour for minimal boat traffic on the harbour, which my long exposure also dealt well with.
I can’t imagine tiring of taking this exact shot time and again, and know that chasing the perfect image is a worthy quest.
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- C: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
- L: Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4
- E: Lightroom Classic
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Sunrise at Mahon Pool, near Maroubra in Sydney’s east.
The chain fence around the pool was the key feature for this image, and I used it to form the basis for the composition. The chain fence is a leading line through the photo, and the key linking feature—the link between the pool and the ocean, the link between night and day (sunrise), etc.
The ‘golden hour’ before sunrise is generally a magic time for photography. A site like Mahon Pool is magic on a slightly cloudy day at sunrise, with the intense redness being reflected into both the sea and the pool.
Not only is Mahon Pool a great spot for sunrise photography, it is also one of Sydney’s best shore dive spots, but only in a calm sea, due to the rather exposed entry and exit point.
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Cronulla Pool at Sunrise
The pools around the beaches on the NSW coastline are stunning locations for photography—especially with the east coast sunrise.
There are dozens of these pools along the Sydney coast, with several picturesque ones at the southern suburb of Cronulla.
This image was made in April 2014 and really brought out the sunrise colours, and the contrast of the smooth waters in the pool with those of the ocean.
This was one of the first sunrise expedition with my Panasonic Lumix GX–7, with the one lens I am currently using—the 20mm non-zoom. I decided to learn the camera first before jumping into a variety of zooms.
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Clovelly New Years Eve Sunset.
This is a monochrome version of a HDR image created from three exposures on New Years Eve, at Sydney’s Clovelly Beach.
I love the look that monochrome images can provide. I feel that in this case the extra tonal range provided by HDR adds a load of texture and character to the image.
This image is part of my Photos of the Day album, which can be viewed in high resolution at http://photos.desparoz.com.
I plan to blog a bit more in detail later, and post some images, but Belinda and I visited the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre yesterday.
It was a beautiful summer-time Sunday in Sydney, and we were perhaps two of less than 10 visitors at the centre for the entire time we were there.
Getting there involves a short ferry ride from Circular Quay to Garden Island. There is no land access (except for tourist buses).
It’s truly one of Sydney’s hidden gems, with magnificent vistas for photographers.