Hi friends I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I would like to wish everyone a very happy and productive 2019! I thought I would start the year with a blog about Summer and just a few of the things I have been up to. So Christmas was spent in my home town of Newcastle and I got to visit some of the iconic locations that I know and love. Getting to go for a walk to the Bogey Hole one morning was a highlight as I have always wanted a shot from above looking down on it. I managed to get 2 different perspectives of that! One with my drone and one with my Olympus camera standing above the pool. Swimming everyday in the ocean while we were there is one of the joys of growing up and living near the ocean. I have also had a couple of great sunrise sessions in the last week especially one morning at Tamarama that started off all foggy and moody and when the sun was about to rise there was some beautiful clouds to start off the day. A couple of days ago we had my good friend Sophie over for lunch and we went for a great walk in the National Park at Maroubra. Even though it was a hot day we had a great time walking around the coast and looking at the amazing vegetation and the awesome views! I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer 🙂
Well it was a moody old morning this morning in Sydney. Mahon Pool is my go to spot and you can see why! There are so many different shots and angles that you can shoot under all types of conditions. The council is currently building a new amenities block to replace the old one and that will be a great new addition to an awesome place!
“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude”.
So lately my friend Anthony and I have been spending a lot of mornings in and around Cape Banks and Little Bay. It is such an amazing place to go and explore with so much to see. It is actually probably the one place I have been drawn to the most since moving to Sydney. You could pick a different spot everyday for a year and still not get shots of everything! There are a lot of fisherman who frequent the area too and some of them are daredevils getting into the spots that they go to. It feels like I am out of the city when I am there maybe that’s why I like it so much. It’s also nice to be able to chat and laugh with a mate who is also there because of his love of photography but also for the love of nature.
GOOD TIMES 🙂
So last week I decided to go and explore somewhere I had never been to but had heard a lot about. Cathedral rocks located just outside of Kiama was the location after seeing some beautiful images from there and also this painting. It was painted by Augustus Earle in 1827 while on his journey around the world painting the landscapes, people, shipboard life and documenting the aboriginal culture while here in Australia. I find the painting and the theory behind it intriguing as I like to think that I am documenting the places and scenes I travel to ! In the painting you can clearly see the columns formed by lava flow and left there by the erosion by the sea. These rocks are known as Columnar basalt and owes it’s name to the way the vertical columns are formed during the unique cooling process of this type of lava.
So off I went leaving home at 3:30 in the morning armed with my camera gear a torch and a fair idea of where I was heading! I arrived at 5am and started the walk down Jones Beach to the southern corner where the Cathedral rocks are located. It’s not an easy walk when you are carrying around 10 kg’s of mozzies on you as well as all of your gear! I arrived and negotiated the tricky climb to the best vantage point to capture the rocks just as the sky started to light up with some beautiful colour. There were only 3 of us there which was also a real bonus. I shot the sunrise from a few different angles and decided to get my own take on the cave just like Mr Earle did nearly 200 years ago. I climbed into the cave and the first thing i realised was how hard it was to shoot with the dark cave and super bright sky so I drew on my experience and Mr Earles inspiration and got a shot I was happy with. As I walked back to the car I was thinking how lucky we are to be able to visit these amazing places and the thrill it must have been for the early explorers to find them in the first place as I know how excited i get when i go to visit them!
Please click the link below to see some of the different angles i shot while at this magical place 🙂
I am really missing the westerly winds and the nice waves! I thought this morning i would just go down on the beach for sunrise just so i can get my feet in the water! The water was nice and there were a few nice clouds around too. Anyway i hope everyone has a great weekend and please be kind to each other 🙂
So I decided to go on a little adventure last week out to the Blue Mountains. I packed my gear the night before and left home at 4am to give myself plenty of time to get there before the sunrise. When I got there I got myself setup and took some shots of the beautiful sunrise over the mountains. There was some beautiful cloud and a light fog in the valley which just added to the morning. But this wasn’t my main reason for the early morning adventure. It is the start of Spring and i really wanted to get some macro shots of all the plants with all of their new growth and flowers in bloom. So after the sunrise i drove to Govetts Leap in Blackheath around 10 minutes West of Katoomba to do some more exploring. Wow what a beautiful place! There are walks you can do that go past amazing scenery and lookouts too. Just another one of the beautiful spots there are to explore in this incredible area. I managed to get some nice macro shots while i was there but more importantly i got out in nature and enjoyed all that it has to offer. I have put a link to some of the other shots that i took on the day so that you can check them out!
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The other morning I headed over to Malabar to shoot the sunrise at this awesome pool. At this time of year the sun is rising between the heads. The pool was originally built in the late 1890’s but looked nothing like it’s current shape. The real rock pool with proper walls that came later was at first over 150m long and must have covered a good part of the southern side of Long Bay. But this pool suffered from poorly regulated sewage outlets even up to the early 1990s, when a new outfall was finally built. This is a great pool have you ever been there?
So i got up early yesterday and went out for a quick sunrise even though i knew there was some rain on it’s way. When i got up and looked out the window it just looked grey and gloomy but i thought i could see a small hint of light over the hill towards the horizon and so i got myself ready and raced out the door. I got to Mahon Pool and set up looking for a good perspective and i thought i might take the chance to shoot the pool from down low with no one in it on a still morning. Just as i set up i managed to get off a couple of shots before the rain hit and i had to abandon the shoot! On the way back to the car there was an amazing colour display with light popping out one side of the sunrise and the rain on the other. 🙂
It was a great start to the day this morning. I headed over to Coogee beach with my friend Anthony for sunrise and it didn’t disappoint. We got the right tide with some nice waves and some spectacular clouds. Topped off with a good laugh and a coffee how can you have a bad day after that 🙂