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Cleveland Point Sunset

A colleague posted a photo of a lighthouse whilst i was Brisbane working and I knew that she lived in the vicinity of where I was heading the next day so I asked for the location and in between my meetings I headed there to check out the sunset potential (thanks Elaine!)

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Clearly mangrove lone trees is my thing this trip.

I grabbed a few quick shots before heading off to my next meetings with my sunset location confirmed.

I arrived back at the Point, thinking it would be high tide, but wonderfully it was still quite low although I could see the tide was starting to turn.

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The clouds were looking promising and hadn’t done their disappearing act of the past two days so I was hopeful of some colour.

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As I started to move around the little mangrove flat, that was quickly becoming a little island with the incoming tide i spotted this little dead tree.

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As the tide started to flow in it created some great reflections.

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As always its a good idea to turn around see what is behind you. When i turned around, the full moon had risen into the the sky and looked quite cool from down at water level.

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As i was taking the shot above, i saw out of the corner of my eye that rainbow out on the horizon.

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The colour really started to hit as the sun dipped behind the clouds on the horizon. Even with my filters the variance in light from the ground to the sky was significant, so i started to bracket – where you take a number of shots (in this instance 3) at different shutter speeds, and then in post processing blend those shots together.

These 3 images are my ‘base’ images for the following ‘blended’ image. You can see that there is a dark image, a middle image and a bright image. By blending the 3 images you get the best of each image and can draw out the details without it being too dark or blowing out the highlights.

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The clouds had started to roll in quite thick from the North, the colour was starting to disappear as the sun dipped below the horizon, and the mangrove flat was now almost a complete island.

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I had to take one last shot before i packed up from the high ground of the carpark.

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Brighton Park Sunset

With my work meetings finished for the day, i had all my gear with me and I was keen to bag a sunset. I had been thinking i would head to Nudgee Beach, however, after a recommendation from a colleague to head to Brighton Park i decided to follow their recommendation and headed there instead.

Brighton is the northern most suburb of Brisbane, about 20km to the north of the CBD and is situated on Bramble Bay and the North Pine River.

I headed up the highway and past a roadside fire that was starting to create a fair bit of a headache for the firefighters. I was hopeful that it might help with some colour in the sky.

I pulled up at the park and was stoked to see this lone tree sitting among the mangroves with a quickly incoming tide. The park sits alongside the Hornibrook Bridge which made a different backdrop to the lone tree. The two bridges connect the City of Brisbane with Redcliffe City.

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Unfortunately, the clouds that had been looking very good before i went in for my afternoon, had all but disappeared – super sad face.

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The sun was slowly start to set to my left, and the smoke was drifting across the western horizon putting a little bit of colour in the sky.

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It was quite windy which made for difficult long exposures, which is how you get the lovely smooth water look.

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This was taken at shutter speed 1/8. The tree is clear, however, the water isn’t smooth

 

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This was taken at shutter speed of 30 seconds. The water is now smooth however the longer exposure picks up the movement in the tree.

The cloudless sky to the west was a nice shade of yellow and you could see the smoke plume from the fire i had seen along the highway making its way across the western horizon being fanned by a reasonable wind. I spotted a few helicopters flying around the fire zone.

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As the sun set i headed up to the old part of the bridge for a couple of shots before heading back to the city.

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Brisbane River Sunset

I’m in Brisbane for some meetings with my other other job for a few days, so i decided to take a walk over the bridge  and see what sunset had in stall. I’m not very familiar with Brisbane so i didn’t really have any spots in mind. The apartment where i’m staying is a few blocks from the Victoria Bridge at Southbank, so i figured that was as good a place as any to start. As i was walking over the bridge i caught sight of the Kurilpa Bridge and decided to make my way towards it.

Its a funky looking bridge and i could see a footpath running along side it, so i headed down it until i found a little pull-off/bench area to set up, as it was a busy little cycle/running track at that time of day.

 

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By the time i arrived the sun was already starting to set and it was pretty clear that the clouds had all but disappeared and the location of the sun made for difficult shooting conditions as can been in the photo below.

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As the sun started to dip below the horizon the city and bridge lights began to turn on.

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I switched lenses and and had a play around with some long exposure shots.

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Kurilpa Bridge
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Victoria Bridge
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Southbank

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William Jolly and Train bridge

I made my way back to the Victoria Bridge via the North Quay ferry dock. Even with a tripod, the wind, flow of the river and the ferries coming and going it’s difficult to get a perfectly clear image.

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Southbank Arts Centre
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Brisbane Eye

Whilst walking back over the bridge i couldn’t resist having a crack at some car trails, but the movement of the bridge from vehicles made it super difficult.

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Instameet – Eye on Sydney.

I was lucky enough to be invited to shoot a sunset from Centrepoint Tower in Sydney, now known as Sydney Tower Eye, with about 40 other Instagram photographers

We headed down on Saturday and had decided to stay the night, but due to the City 2 Surf being run (literally) on the Sunday morning we were staying out of the city. We hooked with another instagrammer where we were staying and headed to Epping station so we could catch the train into the city. We were jumping on the same train that a few of the coasties (central coast) had caught so we could all wander to the tower together.

Wrangling 40 off photographers and their gear in the middle of the city is no easy feat but as always Leftie had it all covered.

We made our way up to the observation deck where we were left to roam free 😊

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Look at that harbour!
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Shadow of the Tower over Hyde Park
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Majestic Queen Vic domes
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Two Harbour Icons
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Through to the heads
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Wedding at the fountain
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St Mary’s Cathedral
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Darling Harbour
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Darling Harbour

As sunset approached it was a bit of a scramble to find a vantage point. I found it really difficult shooting through the glass with all the reflections and was kicking myself for leaving my rubber lens hood at home as I think it might helped to isolate the inside reflections.

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Terraces
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Dwarfed
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Coke Sign

Unfortunately we didn’t get the clouds like the night before which were totally dreamy,  so my sunset shots were pretty limited.  So I had a play at the end with some arty bokeh shots over the church and war memorial.

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St Mary’s
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War Memorial
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St Mary’s by night
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Church to Fountain
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East of the City by night

Once we’d finished shooting it was off to dinner at Assamm Thai on the lower ground levels of the Queen Victoria building.

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Hunter Valley Zoo

We headed inland to what is known as wine country to the Hunter Valley Zoo for a social day with the Newcastle Sundance photography group.We had the most wonderful day chatting and catching up with everyone, and it made me realise just how lucky we have been to see so much of the world and so much wildlife in their natural habitats

I loved the zoo as a kid, seeing all the different animals and learning about them, but as I’ve got older and maybe a little wiser, and definitely because we’ve been lucky enough to travel, I’m not so sure anymore. There is still a part of me that loves watching the animals and watching the kids see their first lion, meerkat or koala and the grins on their faces and I hope that like me they wish to see them in their natural environments when they grow up, and because of that they will work to help save those environments and animals, but there is also the part of me that hates seeing them behind the wire and cages.

The rationalist in me knows that zoos (well most) serve an important part for many endangered animals through breeding programs, such as the African lions that Hunter Valley Zoo currently have. They were originally from Taronga Zoo and we’re successfully bred, and now their offspring are part of breeding program too.

The zoo is smallish but packs a lot into their space without it feeling cramped or overdone. Obviously there are lions (1 male 2 females), camels, antelope, sheep, goats, koalas, kangaroos, reptiles, birds, monkey’s, and the ever so cute meerkats, who at the moment have some babies and I can’t tell you how much cuteness their is baby meerkats.

It’s a great zoo for kids as the animals are easily seen, the kids can get up close and personal with sheep, goats, koalas, kangaroos and some of the birds. These attributes also make it pretty good for photographers too 😊

Here’s a selection of some of my shots from our day out:

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