The cloud forecast was excellent and I was fairly certain that we were in for some awesome sunset colour. So I headed out a bit earlier than usual to capture the build-up and chose to photograph the scene on the Shoalhaven River in Shoalhaven Heads. As the sun set, the colour built and it kept on building until the whole landscape was tinted deep oranges and then reds. It was an epic display of sky colour by any stretch of the imagination.

The clouds had looking promising a couple of hours before sunset, with that metallic sheen you get that promises either rainbows or sky colour. So I headed over to the Shoalhaven estuary and photographed the sky over Cullunghutti.

We have a Gymea Lily in our garden that has grown tall - about 8m tall in fact. At the top is a large flower that has proved to be really popular with all of the local birds. I noticed the birds tend to feed there later in the day and so I monitored the plant with the camera ready to go should any birds show up. I got lucky about a week in when a group of nine rainbow lorikeets rocked up and all got stuck into the lily.

In lots of ways, visiting somewhere like Gerroa on an early autumn evening is like being an outside observer of the scene. I look for moments through my lens and when I see one, I capture it. I was photographing the gulls on the beach as they were gathered in much larger numbers than usual, as I was lining up my shot I saw a little girl running down the beach to chase them. And I thought to myself, you know what, I’d rather she got to chase the birds than I got my shot. So she ran around and through them having a great old time and then she and her parents wandered off and the birds returned to almost exactly the same spot and I got my shot anyway. The universe has a way of working things out.

The hangover from CovID reached into the Australian summer and made it something of a muted affair. So I must admit I felt a bit sad that we had arrived at the official last day of summer and I made a point of heading out to capture the landscape at my favourite spot on Seven Mile Beach.

Now that it seems like we’re coming out the other side of the pandemic and travel (at least nationally) is starting to return to normal, I’ve started work on a new series of videos for my Barefoot Geek channel on YouTube. While I was shooting video in Huskisson I took the opportunity to spend some time photographing the location. 

Owning a new camera (my X-t4) meant my drone hasn’t had much of a look-in lately. So with the weather looking awesome at the weekend I decided to fly it and take some photographs over the river at Shoalhaven Heads. The cloudy skies added greatly to the ambience and also made it much easier to stitch these panoramic shots together.

I just upgraded my iPhone and got myself the amazing iPhone 12 Pro Max. This phone has a trio of lenses on it to cater to most situations and yesterday I decided to put it to the test shooting landscape photos. And so I got a clearer picture of its capabilities, I shot half the photos at the beach and half the photos in the bush.

Yesterday I check the cloud predictions and was convinced it was going to be a cracker of a sunset. So I was on the beach 90 minutes before-hand, which is actually a bit excessive, but I was excited. The early cloud-cover was awesome and then the sky started to colour and it lasted and lasted. I left a full hour after sunset, having been out there for two and a half hours, with a memory card full of magic.

I always make a point of heading out for sunrise or sunset when the conditions are changeable or stormy because often that’s when you get the most dramatic light. And so it was down at Gerroa last night as a line of thunderstorms passed over the coast and off out over the Pacific Ocean.

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