Dee Why

The area around Long Reef is one of my favorite places for sunrise, I’m going to have to get there for sunset one day too.

The area i like is everything around the Long Reef headland this extends down into Dee Why (northern end of the beach) and over to collaroy pool.
There is so much variety to this section depending on the tides and light that I have never been bored here and I’m always surprised at new rock formations, patterns and compositions even after many visits this last year.
A few weeks back I got down to the northern end of Dee Why for dawn and the colours in the sky were amazing, here are a few photos from that morning.

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Victoria Falls

Victoria falls, January 2012

Getting down to Victoria falls is a massive effort, its further into the mountains than I usually go (12kms past Katoomba), has 5kms of dirt rd to get to the start of the path and then 2kms of steep descent. But…

It’s worth it.

We even went on a terrible day for photography, full sun, no clouds and really hot. But once down at the cascades and waterfall it was great, we had the entire place to ourselves and the scenery was beautiful.

Will definitely be visiting this location again.

Panorama of the view from the lookout and the top of the trail and below some images from the day.

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Avalon

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Avalon Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches.
A beautiful spot and well worth the extra time it takes to get there (for me anyway). Avalon also has such a great vibe its like being on holidays up the coast in a little beach side town, there are some fantastic places for breakfast too, which is well deserved after a early morning shoot.

2011 Review

Wow what a year…
2011 has been a massive year of photography for me, I’ve been out on a beach for sunrise most weekends since April when i met Gareth Kelly while in Cairns and became addicted to early morning seascapes.

During 2011 I have broken cameras (salt air is not too friendly to electronics), been drenched in icy cold downpours with no wet weather gear and been soaked in salt water too many times, broken tripods, taken some terrible photos, taken some fantastic photos, seen the most magical sunrises and sunsets, missed some amazing sunrises, met some fantastic generous inspiring photographers, completed projects and achieved goals.
All in all it’s been one of the best years of my life, so what did I learn?

Always be prepared
Wet weather gear, windproof jackets and warm clothing is worth more than a few more lenses or another camera when you are on location, comfort is key to being able to think on an icy cold windy night on the NSW south coast (learnt that the hard way), keeping fresh clothes in the car is also a good idea.

Plan
Scouting and googling the location is a must, knowing where you are going, what the tides, sun and weather is doing for a morning shoot is so important when you’re arriving somewhere new in the dark.

Inspiration
Find other photographers to talk to, bounce ideas off and critique you’re work, online or face to face.
Photo books are sometimes a better investment than new gear.
Inspiration also comes from everywhere, movies, tv, books, people, it all stimulates your creativity.

Projects
Have multiple goals and projects going all the time so there is always something to do or think about. Give yourself deadlines.

Wake up Early
The earlier you arrive at the location the more time you get to setup and find a composition rather then scrambling for any shot you can make before that perfect light disappears.

Don’t wuss out
Going back to bed when its raining etc is always a regret as the sunrises are usually better, and if not, just being up early on an empty beach (or forest, or at a waterfall etc) is the best part of the day.

And the most important thing ive learnt this year is to take more photos, doesn’t matter where or when, just keep at it and enjoy.

Here are the highlights of my 2011 photographically.

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Christmas 2011


Sawtell beach dawn 25/12/2011