Been a bit slack with my sunrise photography lately, so I resolved to set the alarm and head out with my camera. The forecast showed some promising high and medium level cloud and, for once, it was absolutely spot-on both in terms of the type of cloud and its location. I missed the early dark reds in the clouds, but was around for the oranges, yellows and golds. Sunrise was at 5:50am and, from when I got to the beach at 5:15 to when I left at 6:30, I didn’t see a single person on the beach or anywhere near. Which, as guys know by now, was totally cool because I’m always happiest in my own company. My friend the eagle flew by en route to the estuary for a bit of fishing and, after the sun had risen, I headed down to the wharf to get some golden hour shots.


First shot of the day, handheld at 6400ISO, not ideal but I couldn’t be arsed to get the tripod out.


Early colour in the clouds picked out with the zoom at its full 250mm extent.


Colour building as the sun starts to emerged behind the horizon.


Beautiful pinks in the clouds looking north towards Saddleback and Gerroa.


Just passing by, don’t mind me.


Your classic Andy Hutchinson ocean sunrise shot.


Touch of the old Apocalypse Now about this one I thought. Just need a dozen Hueys and we’ll be set.

Sun up from the rear of the foreshore.


Here you go – the soft focus dune shot with the 50mm.


Your classic honeyed golden hour light.


Spying on the sunrise through the dune grass.


Patrol season isn’t far off and the surf club building will be busy once more.


Stopped off at the wharf on the way home. Not a breath of wind and no long exposure required to capture the glassy water reflections.


Somebody had moved a lounge up onto the wharf. Hope it doesn’t end up in the river.


Last shot of the day as a pelican goes about its business and the sun heads into the offshore banks of cloud.