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Back on the Sunrise saddle

Well it’s been awhile, aside from that crazy summit sunrise in the Warrumbungles at Easter, i really cant recall when i last shot a sunrise. Well today i got back on that saddle as they say.

The location – back at the Ocean Baths. I arrive just before first light and it was already clear there was a lot of cloud on the horizon, so it wasn’t looking good for the sunrise, but the swells whilst not as big as last night were still there so all was not lost.

I chatted to a few mates before setting the camera up – i was up now, may as well try and capture a few shots 🙂

The pool was still pretty full.
Out she flows
Still some decent size waves pushing their way through the pool
Through the blocks
Through the rails
The swell behind the pumphouse

No matter how many times you shoot at the baths, you just get drawn to the canoe pool, and this morning was no different.

The swell had started to soften but it was still coming over the edge
and back came the swell

At this point i was ready to pack up and head home, as there wasn’t much happening until i looked North and there was some lovely golden light shining on down, so i hot footed it back to the baths.

View to Nobby’s from the baths
Look at those rays
Golden Light
The wind on the waves was pretty cool
By the time i came around, there were already two surfers in the water
These two considered their options for a while
before making the treacherous path out over the rocks and into the water
The waves weren’t for the inexperienced
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‘bungles to Brissie – #2 – Grand High Tops.

Some where between Happy Hour and Good Friday drinks at the Pub we agreed to do sunrise on top of the Warrumbungles. Trev managed to suck us in real good on this one!

Grand High Tops

So after getting to bed at about midnight, we awoke to our alarms at the allotted 3am time slot and got ourselves dressed and into the cars.

We headed off up the road for about 30 to 40 mins trying to dodge the roo’s at 10 paces. Unfortunately one didn’t turn quick enough. i saw him coming at the side of the car and was like uh-oh this isn’t going to be good! He turned and as he’s swing around his tail had gone thump, I’ve gone gulp, and picked up the CB – Trev he got me. Trev – you wanna stop. I’m like I can’t hear weird noises but it didn’t sound good. Nah keep going I think we’re okay.

We arrive at the parking lot get out the torches, and thankfully his tail has swiped the side wheel fairing on the truck. It’s still there in one piece but busted – we’ll deal with that when we come back down.

By now it’s 4am and still dark but the full moon is shining so we probably didn’t need our torches but the track alternates from rocky to sandy to paved so the torches helped ensure we didn’t break a limb.

Ahead of us was an approximate 12km round trip taking us to Grand High Tops lookout and a birdseye view (and hopefully picture perfect) of sunrise over the infamous Breadknife of the Warrumbungles.

Warrumbungle National Park is Australia’s only Dark Sky Park, making it the perfect spot for stargazing, amateur astronomy and Astro photography, except when its a full moon! In January 2013 about 80% of the national park was destroyed by fire, so it was good to see the regeneration that has occurred over the past 5 years.

We made pretty good time for the first 4 odd kms and took a breather at the table and chairs.

I promise the others are there!

From here it was pretty much stairs and straight up for about 2km or a bit less, which took us a bit longer then the entire first section.

As we got closer to the top the moonlight was shining on one of the rock formations and we couldn’t resist a few quick photos.



We made it to top just as first light was breaking and it was a pretty sweet feeling I have to say.

First light breaking

We cranked out some shots for an hour or so before the girls started the climb back down.

Thanks for the photo Nelly !
Have you even climbed if you don’t get one of these?
Top group shot by another photographer who joined us just after daylight – Adam Resch

Trev and I still had a few more shots to get in the bag before we headed down.

Daylight is starting to sweep across the landscape
Always look behind. Just to the right but out of picture is Tooraweenah
Daylight on the Breadknife
Sunlight hits the western mountains
The sun hasn’t quite risen high enough to hit the breadknife
Boom, sunlight on the breadknife

It was quite fresh at first light particularly with sweaty wet shirts – haha yep too much information – but as the sun rose it was really pleasant up on top of the world or at least that what it seemed like.

The Long Way Down

We started the descent, and oh boy I have to say I wasn’t any way near as buggered coming up as thought (it was bloody tough but didn’t kill me) but geeez, how hard is coming down on the body.

I grabbed a few shots on the phone as we made our way down.

Trev and I seem to have shadows following us.
Legs meet stairs
And some more
Nature’s lego
The same rock formation we took before  daylight with the moonlight hitting it
The goat track for non jelly legs
More stairs but the view!

We hit the stairs and my legs were like jelly. The girls were waiting for us mid stairs and and once we hit the flat it was like a bunch of drunken sailors, our legs didn’t know what was going on.

Oh hey girls
Yep still more down there too
Just keep looking at the view
tash striding out on the stairwalk

Where the stairs meet the pavement
The view to the top
See i told you they were there!

Back down at river level
So so dry here
The start of the walk – didn’t even know these were here when went past them this morning

As we walked out groups were walking in and it was a pretty cool feeling knowing we were done and they were, well barely even getting started.

Roo Damage

We got back to the cars and I was able to survey the damage a little better and was quite relieved. It could have been a whole lot worse. I managed to remove the fairing without issue, however now poor Charlie had the spare tyre and missing fairing so he wasn’t looking too flash at all.

The damage
There i fixed it!

The other camp crew were meeting up with us in the park so we had time to chill out.

Visitor Centre

From the hike car park we headed to visitor centre where we showed the kids – big and little – where we had walked.

The gorgeous visitor centre

Siding Springs Observatory

We left the park and headed to Siding Springs Observatory to check out the telescopes.









Lunch in Coonabarrabran

Once we had all geeked out enough at the telescopes we headed into Coona (Coonabarrabran) to try to get our tyre fixed but being Easter Saturday everything was shut so we opted for lunch at the Pub instead.

With bellies full – well my roast barely touched the sides after kranking out 23,000 steps before 10.30am – we headed for camp via the Emu farm.


Time to Feast (Again)

Roast feast was on the menu back at camp for dinner as well, so for those that didn’t nanna nap the afternoon away preparations for the feast began,and my oh my what a feast it was. Linda excelled at both the shopping list for us all and the coordination of dinner. Safe to say none of us were hungry nor was it a late night 😂

Barely able to coherently talk and shower I was in bed and out to it by about 11.00pm.

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Susan Gilmore Beach Sunrise

After being away most of the week for work, i arrived home late on Friday to remember that i had organised a sunrise shoot with my photography mates in Newcastle Sundance photography group. The weather has been pretty crazy lately so it really was a toss of the coin as to what we might get but the alarms were set anyway.

I arrived at our meeting spot to a very misty and dark coastline. Once the others had arrived we made our way down on to the beach and around and over the rocks to the rock platform. By this stage light was starting to break and it became obvious that there was significant cloud cover along with the sea mist.

The rock platform at Susan Gilmore reminds me a little of the Tessellated Pavement in Tassie with all the bumps and lines criss-crossing the rock platform.


The rock platform just wasn’t working for me today, so I started looking for new compositions. I headed towards the edge of the platform to capture some of the waves rolling over the rocks.The sun hadn’t risen above the horizon but for a fleeting moment the gap in the clouds provided some glow across the sky.


I wandered further up the beach to where Leigh was shooting and found the edge of the rock platform with a nice little swell still rolling in even though it was coming into low tide.

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As the sun broke the horizon there was a brief moment of colour along the horizon and a bright red sun climbing through the clouds, and once the sun went back behind the clouds, the light was just fantastic and we were all going a little crazy with some long exposure shot to capture the movement of the water across the rocks.



Before heading back to the kiosk for breakfast, i grabbed a quick shot looking back over the rock platform towards the cliff.

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Nobby's Beach Sunrise

I headed into Nobbys beach at Newcastle with a couple of local female photographer mates for sunrise. On the drive into the beach the road was wet and it had started to sprinkle so i really wasn’t sure what sunrise if any we would be likely to capture. The cloud cover was quite heavy in parts to the East and to West it was black as black.

With so much cloud about i went looking for different compositions and whilst walking around i realised that it had been a very very long time since i had shot a sunrise at Nobbys, so i didn’t have any favorite spots to retreat too. I wandered around the top section near the kiosk and managed to collect a few shots that i was happy with.

This really is an iconic view for Nobbys beach – shot from under the pavillion that overlooks the beach and is a favourite spot for storm hunters to shelter from the weather and lightning.

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The beautiful old swimming pavilion sits on the hill at Nobbys. The black stormy sky to the West over the buildings is in contrast to the lighter clouds and building colour as the sun rises to the East, as seen in the photo above.

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During the huge storms and floods of the June long weekend in 2007, a bulk carrier washed ashore on Nobbys Beach. Early on the morning of 8 June 2007, Newcastle Port Corporation radioed the 56 moored ships waiting off the coast to load coal to warn them to move out to sea to escape an approaching storm. Pasha Bulker, along with 10 other ships, did not heed the warning. As the storm hit, Pasha Bulker could not clear the coast and it beached at 9:51am. During further stormy weather, the ship was pushed onto the beach so that it was almost parallel to the beach, and both bow and stern were stuck on the sand. The whole ship was then completely trapped between the beach and a rocky reef. Thankfully, all crew were rescued by the wonderful angles in the sky at Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the ship was recovered without incident.

As a reminder/monument to what the city went through that weekend and subsequently recovered from, an original section of 22mm plate steel from the rudder of the Pasha Bulker has been incorporated into a piece art work titled “Grounded” sits watch over Nobbys. The main body of the work is made from 12mm plate steel and is approximately 2 metres in height and 6 metres in length.

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Annual Christmas Sunrise

With Christmas approaching at a rate of knots, it was time for the Newcastle Sundance annual Christmas Sunrise at Redhead Beach, just to the south of Newcastle.

After a week of storms and clouds I really wasn’t sure what weather would great me at 4am this morning but much to my delight the stars were twinkling and the clouds were no where to be seen.

Fire twirling is always a favourite at sunrises and this morning was no different.

Fire Tower

As the light changed twirling became wandering trying to find ‘the spot’.

I had a new (well like new) lens on – a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, a nice wide angle lens. The widest I had been able to shoot at previously was 16mm and 17mm so I must say unwashed surprised how much difference that 11-15mm actually makes.

It has been a little while since I have managed a sunrise, so combine my rustiness with a new lens and a sunrise that just wasn’t happening I really wasn’t feeling it all today. The swell was a also quite big for a low tide at Redhead so the rocks were less accessible without getting significantly wet and risking waves on the gear.

Rippling Swells

Once daylight had well and truly broken we lines up for the traditional photo (Photo Credit: Stephen Tyler)

Sundance Xmas 2014

Then a few more photos and then breaky on the portable bbq trailer kindly dragged along by one of the members.

Reflection Channel

Overall a good morning with new and familiar faces, and getting back in the swing.

Merry Christmas Sundancers

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