Technical Specs: f/13, 1.3 secs, 24mm, ISO100, 18 January 2011, 7:44pm, canon 5d mkii, canon l series 24-70mm lens, lee soft graduated filter 0.9
My panoramic is finally manually stitched from last night’s shoot. This is a series of 8 shots taken in portrait orientation. Specs: f/18, ISO100, 10 secs per frame, 24mm, 8:13pm-8:15pm, 18 January 2011. I thought I would upload something different from Forresters – I have a few seascape shots as well, but will upload those as they are processed. Hope you like this one.
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It’s about time I got back out on the beaches to shoot some seascapes. I met up with Danny, Tim and Jasiah down at Forresters Beach on the Central Coast to capture tonight’s sunset. The cloud was a bit thick to filter much colour through, so it was an overcast shoot – but still so nice to shoot Forresters – always something different to compose. I found my favourite rock to shoot and this is the first out of a few shots that I got tonight.
Technical Specs: f/14, 10 sec, 8:17pm, 24mm, lee grad filter 0.9, 24-70mm l series, canon 5d mark ii
The first morning in a while where it wasn’t raining and the weather forecast proved right. I ventured up the coast to Forresters (was going to shoot it from Spoon Bay headland, but ended its a bit scary walking down there on a new moon at 5am with no light), so I opted for the safer choice of the beach entry… (by safe, I was referring to my Burleigh Heads experience https://leannedoroszuk.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/burleigh-heads-qld/). I got on location and the waves were just chasing me every time I put my eye to the camera… my jeans were soaked, my gortex boots full of sea water and I couldn’t seem to get an exposure longer than 2 secs without running back 10m with gear in hand… I didn’t want to zoom in with my wide angled lens, so I shot what I could and nearly didn’t process any images and I am not stoked with them… but the colours were nice and i love the lead in lines with this shot.
The colours were so vibrant at dawn this morning, no pink sunrise, but the blues were worth the 4am wake-up! Nice & warm, nearly warm enough for a morning dip!
After researching Forresters for a different angle, I thought I would try out the north end for a different perspective. I hiked all the way up (& it’s a long way compared to the south end from the car park) and when I got up there, I found a tonne of seaweed, a rising tide and a ruined beach, so the water just gushed at you at 100 miles an hour. A disaster zone, so after lugging all my gear to the north end, I looked up and saw the prettiest sunset bouncing off the low-lying cloud line, so I then relocated – pressed for time to the south end where I should have gone to begin with. Exhausted and out of breath, I set up and captured this:
Moonrise was 2 hours past sunset, and the cloud cover was really heavy tonight, I did get some star trails, but will edit and upload them tomorrow. It was a disaster star trails night due to the cloud cover, on my way back down to Sydney, the cloud cover was non-existent and if I wasn’t so tired, I would have set up for an hour-long shoot…. maybe another night!
Oh … for anyone who ventures down to Forresters today, you may be lucky enough to find some photography gear washed up from the swell yesterday. I grabbed my bag yesterday after a massive set came through and totally soaked me, and …. of course …. i didn’t zip it up, out tumbled my Petzl headlamp, some polarised screw-in filters 77m and 82mm, my flash stand, a screwdriver and my self-inflatable thermarest seat, which I use for night shoots (8-min exposures are so boring). Good luck if you find it and happy hunting! I am so mad at myself – lesson learned… zip up or lose it!!!
Comfit Description: Big, angry, white tips, bluish in colour – very loud and dangerous last night at Forresters – otherwise known as the OCEAN!!!
What a gorgeous evening for photography! Last night, it wasn’t a spectacular sunset, but it was pretty and the sky lit up with some nice colours to capture. Check out my last blog re the beach conditions – but it made it all more rewarding, being able to capture this sunset at such a beautiful location. Forresters is definitely up there on my favourite locations to shoot for sunset. I might even try it for a sunrise soon!!!
It’s been a while since I went out for a sunset shoot and thought, since its nearly full moon, why not sunset then star trail at Forresters. I got down to the beach and nearly turned around, the swell was ridiculously rough and an extremely high tide. I took a few quick snaps on my iphone as the beach had been trashed by the waves and i got soaked just walking to the south end near the cliff.
The sunset was pretty but it was difficult to get a good composition, as the waves kept smashing into where i was standing, there was about 2 meters of dry sand left and i had to keep grabbing my backpack, tripod and gear to save it from getting washed into the ocean. I did forget to zip up my backpack and when I picked it up to save it from a massive set, a pile of my gear tumbled out and got washed into the ocean. I lost some filters, my petzl head torch, and still yet to figure out what else got washed away. I found a torch about 20m from where I was standing, so the wash must have been pretty wild to pick that up and carry it – it still works too!!! Stoked about that.
Did some star trail photography til about 7:30pm, but way too tired to edit those tonight. Will upload new blog tomorrow with pics. Got some great shots!