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Rainbows and Sunset

With no plans for the evening, and after a great afternoon catching up with friends, we headed into the Ocean Baths for a walk and maybe a sunset shoot. We had driven past the beaches earlier in the day and saw some whales up nice and close, so we were hopeful we might see some more at sunset.

When we arrived it was cold, windy, a little bit wet, sunset was looking like a bust and there were no whales! So yeah pretty ordinary. We walked around to Nobby’s and back and i decided given we were there i should try and capture something! So this is the afternoon’s attempt.

The wind and rain swept through …

The rainbows and sunshine came out …

and then the colour started to appear …

ahh that pumphouse, you just can’t go past it …

light over Nobby’s – seems like the harbour would have been the place to be tonight …

Looking back to the west …

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Fleeting Showers

After an exciting morning of cleaning gutters – yes it cant all be pretty photos and videos unfortunately – despite the fleeting showers of rain, we headed into the beach to see what was happening.

Just as we arrived it started to sprinkle, and then it cleared off enough for us to get out of the car and go for a little ‘look see’.

The difference from yesterday to today was quite stark. The pool was almost at it’s normal height only the odd wave was breaking across the back of it, and the canoe pool was almost empty.

The rain showers swept back in again, which was okay because we had met up with a good mate and we were happy chit chatting away.

When this shower cleared we ventured out from our protected vantage point and managed a few shots with the phone – the best camera you have is the one you have with you – and the big camera was safely dry and warm in the car.

As we wandered over to the canoe pool i spotted the biggest cuttlefish i have ever seen!

With the rain coming back in, we set off to go home, but a break in the clouds had us heading for Strzelecki Lookout instead.

Storm or sunset, that was the question.

That little gap in the clouds had us waiting to see if sunset would amount to anything.

It’s always hard to pass up an opportunity to shoot ANZAC Memorial walk.

That gap is closing …

A glimpse of hope that the colour might pop.

Unfortunately in the end the storm won out over the sunset.

Merewether and Bar Beach disappearing through the rain.
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Sunset Swells at the Ocean Baths

After an early mark from work, we decided to head to the ocean baths with high tide due at sunset, and some expected swells its always a good place to start.

When we arrived the clouds were looking very promising with a little colour already starting to spread across the sky.

After a quick Facebook live video, where i almost got smashed by a massive wave LOL – (check out my Facebook page for the video),  i started to get the camera gear out whilst watching the waves.

The swells were starting to build.

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The waves were well and truly filling the pool.

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The canoe pool was almost covered by the swells.

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Pom Alley was well and truly overflowing.

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and the big boys starting rolling in …

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and they got bigger …

And then outside of a storm / east coast low one of the biggest sets I’ve seen at the baths came through, and we were all running for the back of the baths!

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that bad boy was big but the kids were loving it!

Before the light started to disappeared it was time for some long exposures.

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A little bit calmer at the canoe pool

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Looking back towards Newcastle Beach

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Filling up or emptying ?

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You can never go past the overflowing canoe pool

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Well and truly full to the brim!

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Arghhh why didn’t those clouds colour up 🙁

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Incoming

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Outgoing

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Someone hit the pause button for a moment

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Seaspray all over my lens – all those little bubble like circles long the horizon

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Warning – Slippery when wet.

 

 

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Sunset at Nobby’s

It was my beautiful nieces 19th birthday on Friday so the family went to lunch today (Sunday) to celebrate, which also means we got to have cuddles with the new little nephew who is a teeny tiny bundle of cuteness, just like she was.

After lunch we did what we do a lot – a drive by the beaches, it’s like we need to check they haven’t up’d and moved on us. Yep they’re still there okay we can go home LOL.

After the drive – no whales spotted yet – we headed back to Nobby’s to see what sunset was going to do.

The wispy clouds were already starting to get a tinge of colour so we were hopeful of some colour. I often get asked what my settings are, so I’ll try to explain a little of the technical details of the shoot today.

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The light just catches the to of the dunes and Nobby’s lighthouse.

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Reflections on the waterline at sunset/sunrise often give that somewhat so-so image a bit more punch.

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Water and wave movements are other elements to look for.

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Foregrounds can help you look into a photo or they can stop your eye right there – depends on what you’re looking for.

As a photographer, it’s important to not stay in the one spot, you’re always looking for different view points, different ways to see things.

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The Pasha Bulka Monument

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Through the porthole

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Depth of field is another way of changing it up, this is taken at f10 – notice the lighthouse is clear.

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This one at f4.5 – the background is soft, but the monument is still sharp.

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Use shapes and angles.

It’s also okay to go back to the same spot 🙂 .. particularly when the light is so pretty LOL

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Take a moment to soak it in.

Shutter speeds are another mechanism used in photography.

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This earlier one is taken at 1/13 second – the water is still mostly frozen.

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This one is taken 0.8 second – the water has started to take on that silky/whispy look.

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Again at 0.5, this time i waited for the water to start draining back off the sand in front of the rocks to give the sense of motion

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This one i stepped up to 2 seconds, the water is getting quite silky now.

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2 seconds and again getting the water movement – watch the waves learn their patterns.

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Sometimes it takes many many shots to get the “look” you’re looking for, and often until you get to processing you don’t know what that “Look” is!

 

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Ship Wrecked

After a week of windy weather, the skies were blue, the wind was almost non-existent, and we had a low tide for sunset, we decided to head over onto Stockton to check out some of the shipwrecks along the North Arm of the harbour.

There are quite a a few shipwrecks along the coastline and harbour edge, many often only visible at low tide.

With sunset quickly approaching and setting across the water, the light wasn’t great, but i decided to put Sparkie in the air anyway and have a good look around.

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Gosh, what a sight they are!

Unless you’ve seen aerial shots before from the shoreline, its difficult to see that there are two hulls, let alone how big they are.

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The remaining hulls of the Kate Tatham and the Sylvan.

Local historians date the wreck back to 1922 when then gravel barge was abandoned on the Hunter River foreshore. 15 years earlier, the Kate Tatham capsized and sank during a squall that struck Newcastle Harbour in the November. One crewman luckily escaped the 270 tonne ship.

The other wreck the Sylvan was an old iron-screw steamer, that was used as a log punt after sinking at a town wharf in 1921.

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The sunsetting over the wrecks looking up the North Arm of the Hunter River to the Stockton Bridge

When we’d run out of drone battery we headed down river a little bit further to watch the sunset. There wasn’t a lot of colour or cloud but it was still a peaceful (and not too chilly) way to finish the day.

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Sunset over the working harbour

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Looking downstream towards the city.