Todays ritual sunrise was Chalky Beach, im not actually sure if this is the official name, or a name that we know it by. It is a bit of a secret but not a secret spot at Swansea, NSW. The area has a beautiful small sandy beach/cove with a brilliant rock platform that works on both low and high tides. Today the tide was incoming with a high scheduled at about 8am – well after we would be finished.
As usual we arrived about 45 minutes before sun up and already there was some colour on the horizon, so it was looking promising for a decent sunrise.
Its always a bit interesting at places like chalky walking around the rock platforms in the dark trying to work out where you want to shoot from, wondering what the swell and tides might be bring and what will happen with the light. After a few visits to the same spot its a little bit easier to read these factors, but nature at its best will always teach you to be aware and expect the unexpected.
I like to try and shoot from different angles and different spots each session to try and maximise the variety of shots but also my knowledge of the area.
Following the recent bush fires once the sun started to come it it was clear the smoke, dust, ash and haze hadnt cleared off just yet – a bright red sun made its appearance on the horizon and didn’t dial down until it had climbed well above the horizon.
Here are a few of my favourite shots from today:
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