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Articles relating to urban and natural seascape photography

Little Austinmer’s Rinse Cycle

Nearly a month ago, I experienced a great dawn seascape shoot at Little Austinmer, where there is an abundance of interesting water and rock features on the rock shelf.

During the earlier part of the shoot, I shot some long exposures in and around the main gorge.

Here is one of them:

Little Austinmer's Rinse Cycle

Little Austinmer’s Rinse Cycle

Here, I opted for a different style of processing, going for a more muted appearance, as for this image, tonality was more important than colour.

Landscape photographers usually try to emphasise the rich colours revealed by low, soft light; but sometimes playing down the colours produces a more interesting result.  Admittedly, this particular morning was quite moody, but there was some colour in the sky.

I’ve processed a few images in this style, and for the conditions I experienced on that morning, it works well.

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The One

A few photography friends of mine, who have shot Little Austinmer before, told me that it can take quite a few attempts to land a cracking good image.

I first ventured to Little Austi just a little over a week before I shot this image, and while I found it a stunning location, the sky was craptacular.

Today, things were different.

The One

The One

Little Austi really needs a moody sky, as well as the right kind of ocean conditions — specifically, an incoming tide and a moderate swell.

Today, all three essential elements were present. Not only that, but an intense red sun peeked over the horizon to add a splash of colour.

On only my second visit, I landed “the one” — the image I had been seeking.

This is it.

I landed quite a few pleasing images this morning, so I am spoilt for choice.

There will be more images to come.

Little Austi Overflow

Little Austinmer, known colloquially as Little Austi, is a location I have had on my list of photoshoot locations for quite a long time.

With my renewed enthusiasm for seascape photography, I headed to Little Austi this morning to capture its pictureseque rock shelf, over which seawater constantly cascades when the conditions of the tide and swell are right.

This is one of the images I captured:

Little Austi Overflow

Little Austi Overflow

I was very impressed with Little Austi.  There are many great spots and compositions to be found along the north end of Little Austinmer Beach.

Today, the conditions in the sky were rather unfavourable, but I came away with a small number of images, including this; and I am very keen to head back there at the next opportunity and land some very pleasing images under a much better sky.

Sunrise at Blackwoods Beach

During the middle of last week, I headed to a spot just south of Blackwoods Beach in Cronulla, and shot this image under a rich yet moody sky, as the sun rose to signal the start of a very hot summer day:

Sunrise at Blackwoods Beach

Sunrise at Blackwoods Beach

I’ve shot along this stretch of Cronulla‘s coastline a few times, but not in this particular spot.

I am pleased to say that the ‘bug’ I once had for seascape photography has returned after being dormant for too long, and I am very keen to get out again.

Very early tomorrow, I am heading to a location I have never photographed before, and one with some interesting and visually appealing features.  The conditions in both the sky and sea look quite favourable, and this particular location has been on my list for quite a long time.

Hopefully the conditions are indeed spectacular.

 

I’m Back, Shooting Seascapes

I’m back, shooting seascapes again.

This image was captured early in my second seascape session of 2016, and my third dawn outing in less than a week.

The predicted cloud cover for this morning looked quite favourable, so I headed to south Cronulla, and found this appealing rock shelf just south of Blackwoods Beach.

Blackwoods Point

Blackwoods Point

While there was not a huge amount of colour in the sky, the cloud cover was very good, and quite moody, which made shooting very easy due to the lack of dynamic range in the scene.

During a low but rising tide, I waited for larger sets of waves to crash into the rocks and over onto the shelf on which I was standing.

My Return to the Ocean

This morning was the first occasion on which I have shot a seascape since June of 2013 — quite a long time.

In the past few weeks I have felt a desire to head back out in the pre-dawn darkness and photograph the ocean and coastline again, a desire which has not been in me for over two years.

I met up with old photography mate Glenn at the break of dawn at Little Bay in Sydney‘s eastern suburbs, and we headed up onto the cliffs to capture the ocean and the morning light.

Here is the one of the images I captured:

Big Waves in Little Bay

Big Waves in Little Bay

This under-rated location is not prominently featured in the galleries of Sydney-based seascapers, but it has some great cliffs and coves where powerful sets of waves collide with the rocks and produce brilliant splashes and water flows.

This morning’s conditions were not the greatest I’ve experienced, but at least I got out and literally got my feet wet again, in an attempt to re-ignite my passion for seascape photography.

I am looking forward to heading out again next week.

Turimetta Swell

This is an image I shot in January of 2012 at Sydney‘s well-photographed Turimetta Beach.

Turimetta Swell

Turimetta Swell

This particular scene is further away from the main gorge and rocks featured in so many images.

The morning brought a few successful images, but this one had sat untouched and unpublished for the past three years.

A moody, rain-laden sky combined with a decent swell made for some pleasing cascades and flows along the rock shelf towards North Narrabeen.