Great looking mixture of cloud last night, so I decided to head over to Shoalhaven Heads to photograph the sunset. It being the spring long weekend, pretty much every pitch in the tourist park looked like it was full and so it wasn’t a huge shock to discover I wasn’t the only person out exploring the estuary at dusk. The sun dropped below a bank of high level cloud fairly early and I was hoping for some back-light, but it fizzled a bit. I knew the southerly change was due to hit us soon so, despite the fact that it was still pretty warm, I put on my hoodie and wandered out over the sand flats with my camera and my drone. Just as I rounded the corner the southerly arrived, the wind blew and the temperatures dropped quickly. Suddenly little groups of people started appearing from all over the estuary, walking hurriedly back to their chalets and caravans in t-shirts and shorts. And then I had the place to myself again! Despite the fact that it was pretty windy, I put the drone up knowing I could fly it into the wind and then back home with the wind to ensure maximum battery usage. As it turned out I didn’t send it far because the view was so nice from over the old river mouth. After sunset the colour fizzled out pretty quickly and, save for a blush of pink at the end, the day ended with a chill in it.

First shot of the evening, looking out towards Cullunghutti.


The sun sets and Virgin Australia 872 from Sydney tracks south towards Melbourne.


This is a drone shot too. Kind of hard to see it from the perspective because of the angle. You don’t have to climb to 120m to get good drone shots.


The opposite of a drone shot – a mud shot.


Sun rapidly dwindling in the west.


Awesome sunset colours through the zoom looking towards the moorings at the public wharf.


River grass and the sun’s nearly gone.


Sun well and truly down now. This was from about 50m up. Drone had to really lean its shoulder into the wind to stay stable.


Some pinks coming through down at ground level.


Wide shot of the estuary. This is directly over the old mouth of the river, which is currently closed. The river silts up very easily due to the canal cut through 150 years ago by Alexander Berry to the Crookhaven River at the other side of Comerong Island. Bonus marks if you can spot me.


Last shot of the night, a mellow long exposure with the late pinks in the sky reflecting in the river.