I decided to head out for sunrise and, as I always do, checked the forecast to see what the likely conditions would be. Based on them I decided to go to Bombo Quarry. However when I woke up and checked the satellite image it showed the only high cloud much further south. So instead of heading north from Berry, I headed south through the interminable roadworks on the Princes Highway. I weighed up my options for beaches on the journey south and eventually decided on Sailors Beach in Hyams Beach.

The car park was empty when I arrived at about 6:15 and, if you’ve ever been to Hyams Beach, you know that such a situation is a rare occurrence indeed. The beach was completely empty too – maybe because it was 6Âșc when I got there, maybe not. The early light was great, back-lighting a bank of high cloud that stretched to the horizon. I enjoyed taking lots of shots around the rocks at the boundary between Sailors Beach and Hyams Beach and then, once the sun had come up, tried some different angles nearer the mid-point.

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Found this cool little gully and put the camera down low.

Early colour was good, back-lighting the high cloud on the horizon.

Early colour started to die back a bit but I had a feeling it would all come good in the end.

And indeed the colour did bonce back. Super-low for this shot – had to wedge the tripod right down into the sand or it moved as the waves came in.

Capturing the colour to the south looking towards the naval base.

One of the navy’s ships was heading out into the bay for exercises.

The second burst of colour started to weaken as the sun approached the horizon.

Sunrise over the top of the Beecroft Peninsula and the Beecroft Weapons Range.

Last shot of the morning, looking north up the beach.