Mona Vale Pool Revisited

Before dawn this morning, I met up with Brent for a seascape shoot at Mona Vale pool.

It’s been quite a while since I photographed one of Sydney’s ocean pools.  A few years ago I was working on a project to photograph all of Sydney’s ocean pools.  I shot 23 of the 30 pools before I became disinterested and shelved the project.

Mona Vale Pool, which I photographed only once before in 2008, is one of the most interesting of Sydney’s ocean pools, as it sits on a sand bank a good distance from the shore, and has beaches and breaks on both sides of it.  Consequently, in the right conditions, waves crash into the pool and water flows over the edges, producing lovely cascades which are great to photograph.

This is one of the images I shot:

Mona Vale Pool Revisited

Mona Vale Pool Revisited

This morning’s weather was quite patchy, and the sky wasn’t great, but was better than a cloudless sky.  In the time I was there in the darkness waiting for Brent to arrive, I saw cloudy skies, clear skies, cloudy skies again and everything in between.

Rain also hampered our efforts for a while, as did the horrid sodium vapour light adjacent to the pool, which illuminated only for a short while before it automatically extinguished, freeing the pool from the hideous orange colour cast with which it was previously inflicted.

I did manage to land this image and a few other compositions.

It was nice to be standing in water as the torrents spilled out of the pool and gushed past me.



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