Tuesday morning is one of my favourite days of the week, because I have a spin class at 6:15am and it’s always nice to get my daily exercise out of the way nice and early. So I got up and dressed in my gym kit as normal, got in the car and headed for the gym. However I never made it to my spin bike because I could see some awesome early colour forming in the sky and so, instead of turning right to the gym, I drove straight on to the beach. As it happened it was a cracking sunrise with a great bank of cloud forming on the interface of the land and the ocean which got back-lit by the rising sun. I was going to fly the drone but the wind was very strong and my Phantom 4 has had a few ‘moments’ in strong winds, so I stuck to the Canon. I did however shoot a timelapse on the GoPro which I’ll stick online somewhere at some point. So, definitely worth skipping spin for, but now I’ve got to go and do an hour on the treadmill to make up for it. 🙂


First shot of the day (about 6:10am) and not a soul on the beach. I love the way the colour changes during the course of a sunrise.


First of the morning walkers appeared quite early.


Second morning walker was very well rugged up!


When the ocean turns to bronze. This was approaching peak colour in the sky – about 20 minutes before sunrise.


Burnt gold, bronze, yellow, orange, ochre – you name it – always looking stunning on Seven Mile Beach.


The traditional soft focus dune grass shot – I should really do a collection of these – I have some crackers.


Camera on a tripod down on the shoreline now – getting a few longer exposures of the water movement.


Third beach walker of the day arrived at the surf club just as the sun was about to pop over the horizon.


One of my favourite shots of the morning – nice long exposure really picking up those swirling receding waves.


Cracked out the nifty fifty and set a very shallow focal plane for these low-down shots.


Sun’s up but the colour’s still awesome.


Still with the 50mm prime, focus on the sun this time.


Back up in the dune for a low profile through-the-grass shot of the risen son.


Last shot of the day, just before the sun disappeared behind the bank of cloud.