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Precarious Position: First Seascape of 2018

This image of Turimetta Beach was captured during my first seascape session in nearly a year, and this was the first time I have returned to Turimetta since 2012.

Precarious Position

Precarious Position

The conditions were a lot more dangerous than this image would suggest, with a strong south-easterly wind, medium-to-large swell and an incoming tide.

Large waves were crashing near this small part of exposed rock shelf and causing splashes and surges which made standing here dangerous.  I had to be quick about composing and capturing images in between sets of larger waves.

It was good to be near the ocean again, but having been out of the seascaping scene for quite some time, this morning’s shoot had its challenges.

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

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 spoiled 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.

Tel Aviv Twilight

On our last night in Tel Aviv on this most recent trip (the second to Israel in 2013), I was determined to capture an image of Tel Aviv during the evening twilight.

We headed to Yafo earlier in the evening before golden hour, where I captured a number of images in the warm light, before waiting a while longer for blue hour.

This is the image I captured of Tel Aviv at twilight:

Twl Aviv Twilight

Twl Aviv Twilight

After I finished, we headed off for a walk around the old city of Yafo (Jaffa), which I had not seen before.

Golden Tel Aviv

We have visited Tel Aviv twice in 2013, and I had been wanting to capture an image of the Tel Aviv skyline against the Mediterranean Sea from Yafo.

On our last visit, we ran out of time and decided to give it a try on the next, which was already being planned.

On our last full day in Israel, and after a big night of celebrations, we drove to Yafo in the early evening where I positioned myself for some golden hour and blue hour cityscape images.

Golden Tel Aviv

Golden Tel Aviv

This image is a view of Tel Aviv during the golden hour.  Later in the evening, we got to witness a beautiful sunset over the Mediterranean Sea.

Dusk at The Entrance

We have just come back from a few days on the Central Coast of NSW.

While we were there, I managed to get some dawn and dusk seascaping and some location recce done.

I shot Norah Head, The Entrance, Soldiers Point, and also did some recce at Forresters Beach and Spoon Bay just to the south. I was not fully equipped to shoot Forresters, and my plans to shoot Spoon Bay this morning were abandoned in favour of sleep after a long day yesterday.

I will have some fresh images over the coming week, but in the mean time, here is one from the main beach at The Entrance, a mere five-minute walk from where we were lodging.

Dusk at The Entrance

Dusk at The Entrance

While photography was not the main reason for the trip, it was nice to have the opportunity, some decent skies, and the desire. It is always good when those three elements align.