A gem of Sydney coast, a truly remarkable suit-all-taste location for a variety of photographic activities. I have written a Maroubra Beach Photography Guide to this location.
Found a nice rock platform around 20m in width. I figured it was a dangerous place - in case of big wave I won't be able to run away, it's limited by the heap of rocks on one side, wall on other side and a little ultra slipper rock hill on third size. Not the mention the approaching ocean storm. But again I took my chances and decided to give it a go because I wanted to capture ocean wave texture. In 20 minutes there were 4 or 5 big waves. I stood them all but one. I saw it coming, the wave was definitely 3m+. I didn't have time to run away. So I tried to stand firm. But still it knocked me down with my leg stuck between the rocks. I had to wait holding camera as high as I could before releasing my leg as otherwise I'd lose my shoe. I was all wet up to down. And also heavy rain commenced. But I got some great light, weather, adventure and textured beach waves.
Winding Ways. You'll never know which path takes you to the light unless you see it. The story of this photo goes to one of the Sydney sunrises at the famous Maroubra beach. It was more or less ordinary morning with nothing special happening and eventually I've decided to leave. Something just wouldn't let me go and I've decided to wait 5 more minutes. And it happened. I have never seen such dramatic lighting conditions revealing all the water particle texture on the sand, producing both unrest (in background) and calm water texture on the foreground. And the colours were amazing too. One of the most memorable sunrise images I took.
Dynamic. There is no need to create complex compositions when the nature is already beautiful and majestic. A receding wave done right resembles a river of flowing waters with the only difference of creating various textures and patterns on the go. One could say that river is also ever-changing, but here we also have shifting sand, beautiful sunrise flowing water picture and a bunch of streams. There are numerous water pictures across the internet, but as a saying goes, you cannot really get tired of watching the water.
Honey Twirls. This is a Maroubra Beach again, my favourite spot. On this day I felt like experimenting as I already have a lot of sunrise ocean pictures and decided to explore what else I could do. And so I've chosen a fairly new spot and started to observe. Shortly I had discovered that the amount of water that day was just right to cover the rocks, but not too much to sink them. And due to the rock shapes some of the waves produced interesting water texture patterns. After this discovery it was merely a pleasure and an easy task to photograph.
Energy of Water. Sometimes I look at the classic paintings and ask myself why is everyone doing long exposure photography for water? It didn't even exist in the age of great masters of painting! So I often try to capture the water in all it's beauty and dynamics and energy. This photo is remarkable also for the date - it was done on January 1st, 2017. And the thing that impressed me most was the amount of people on the beach waiting for the sunrise. It happens all over Sydney beaches as far as I heard.
Revival It was a pretty dull morning with no light or drama. I wondered here and there and decided to go back to one of the places I visited earlier that day. And when I came there a gap suddenly opened right in front of the sun. It animated water and rocks and sky. And yes, those rays were produced in camera. Mahon Pool offers a lot of opportunities for cliff photography. You stand on the cliffs overlooking the ocean in all directions (by the way, higher position reveals awesome ocean texture). Crashing waves, light, rock formations - everything you need.
Insight Insight is a brief moment of enlightenment, understanding. It's like Sun in the sky suddenly popping up and painting a dull landscape. It's the moment of total awareness. The only pitfall is that insight is like a flash gone in seconds. One should be ready to concentrate and catch it.
I have a friend who brings me luck. Whenever I take him for the shoot, we are blessed with a beautiful beach sunrise like this one. This particular morning revealed all shapes of serene nature before us - calm ocean, beautiful sky, reflections, warm sand, sun in the sky - everything a photographer needs to revive and feel inspiration. Also, after this session I figured that orange colour is more positive and brings more joy than red.
Wild Expanse. Same day as the Winding Ways photo as you could probably guess by the light and colours. I was struck by everything happening here but managed to run an experiment. Instead of using a wide lens I took tele lens, because I wanted to show the ocean texture and I had to compose the shot this way. I believe it worked out nicely as I consider this photo as one of my best ocean sunrise images.
Bright a full of colours sunrise that happened on Maroubra beach. Low tide opened a flat portion of the beach and made such reflections possible. The amount of clouds was just right to produce general feel of serene nature and all range of colours - from blue to orange.
The nature is beautiful by default, without our intrusion. Even the most simple things are beautiful. So my understanding is that if there is something nice, I'll do the photo without complicating too much. Life was meant to be simple. So, keep it simple ;) On this photo I tried to accent the movement. The flowing water directs viewer's sight into the photo and the ocean storm clouds do exactly same thing. It was almost a supercell cloud, by the way.