A tiny, but surprisingly photogenic place perfect for the crashing waves and rock hopping. Can be dangerous during the storm. I have mentioned Clovelly Beach in the guide to Sydney Beaches Top Locations.
Eye of God Sun is a symbol of Spirit in our world. So sunrises are very symbolic - rise of Spirit it is. I dreamed to create such a photo for years and couldn't find a proper place. But then suddenly today I was shooting in one of my regular places not far from home and it appeared that it has been always there, right behind me. This is how it happens in our lives - sometimes we just have to stop and have a look around, maybe the things we were looking for are right there within an easy reach. Clovelly beach.
Ocean Storm. There is a famous saying stating that there is no such thing is bad weather. I disagree, because obviously tropical cyclone is bad for those affected. But bad weather has its charm and beauty, the storm is beautiful for it's raw power and might. And so was this one - truly spectacular and powerful with black clouds, dramatic sky and huge crashing waves. The important thing to consider is safety. If it is dangerous to be there, don't go. It is not worth your life! This photo is also from a Clovelly Beach in Sydney.
The Storm. There is a beauty in the storm. With all its violence and destructive force, it's beautiful for it's power and for it's passion. Another storm, another story. I made this photo from a distance with tele lens as I wanted the sizes of the wave and the cliffs to match. The crashing waves were really huge and dramatic with lots of action happening. Also, attentive viewer could spot a low flying seagull, right above the waves.
Dragon Island. One of my most memorable sunrises on the oceanside - it was during one of my first months in Australia. Everything was great that day - temperature, clouds, light...Clovelly Bay, Sydney, Australia
Palette of Power. On Saturday I was fooled my the weather forecast (97% cloud cover) and missed a beautiful sunrise. So on Sunday I rushed away like a whirlwind despite of the rain and vague perspective. I went to one of my fav spots – cliffs and rocks near Clovelly Beach. I’ve been there a hundred of times but I knew this place still had potential, which could be revealed during small or surf and not too high tide. Because otherwise on high tide or with big waves I couldn’t reach some distant rocks – it would just wash me away.So I went there and decided to explore. Forecast was showing 40-50% or rain all the time, which was good – it meant some dramatic clouds with some amount of luck.I’ve set my old camera to do timelapse on the rocks and ventured forth with my main camera.Tried a few compositions here and there and then it all began. I didn’t know which way to shoot. Drama in the sky over Coogee and Maroubra, waves and rising sun over the ocean, golden light painted cliffs from behind…I did many shots and few panoramas.I’m so thankful for the weather. Heavy rain started only 30 min after the sunrise. This is when I had to flee.Rocks near Clovelly Beach, NSW, Australia
You need certain conditions to get something like this. Pick a day with clear sky and as little light pollution as possible. You can find light pollution at numerous sites across the internet. I use "PlanIt! For photographers" app on my phone for all Milky Way - related planning as it has all the data. It shows light pollution and Milky Way position for any given time and day and same info for the Moon. So if you play around with it for some time (or watch tutorial videos), you'll be able to quickly figure out when and where to go shooting. So, for this particular shot - pick a day with clear skies and less than half Moon. Full Moon would be too bright, it would have impact even stronger than the light pollution. I did 2 exposures here for greater depth of field - one shot with stars focused and the other one with foreground in focus. For the stars you should keep shutter speed below 30 seconds, otherwise they will produce star trails instead of points. There's a "500 rule", which states that if you divide 500 with your focal range (don't forget the crop factor if you use non-full frame), you'll get the maximum exposure time. This ruls is a simplified version of the real rule, but it works pretty fine. Don't be afraid to raise ISO - 1000, 2500, 3200 etc. You will clean up noise later and still get great results for the internet. There are techniques out there which help you to reduce noise in post production, but I find them too cumbersome (you need to some shoot photos on same high ISO with lens covered use them for noise reduction or shoot few shots of the Milky Way and then combine photos). If you don't plan to print it big, you can just raise ISO and do photos. Bonus tip: Avoid very windy days. Even on tripod, then can shake your camera on long exposure or even trip it over, like extremely strong wind gust did for me just after this photo was taken.
Boundless Imagine that the world is truly boundless. And you are in the middle. Whichever way you go, the world is there, eagerly giving you an unlimited number of possibilities and options. Just pick your way and never look back.