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Instameet – Redhead Beach

Even though the weather had been terrible all morning and it wasn’t looking like it was going to get any better, I packed all my gear and headed off to our scheduled I’m at a meeting, after all it was scheduled for cuppa and cake and sunset 😊

The weather wasn’t any better across the tracks and down the coast when we arrived at redhead. The cafe looked after us nicely with hot drinks and hot chips and we all looked after the laughter and fun under the shelter of the surf club.

The weather was coming and going but the light was amazing and perfect for some long exposures. I grabbed my gear out the car, loaded up a 3 stop NiSi Filter and headed to the water.

I started off shooting the patterns created by the run off from the car park down to the ocean.

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I then spotted the lovely green moss on this rock.

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The tide was going out but there was still quite a swell so you have to keep your wits about when you’re playing in amongst the rocks as its easy to get you’re gear damaged or even written off if the sea claims it.

There is a little hole on one end of the rocks at redhead that the ocean has slowly carved out that on the right angle looks like a heart and i was keen to try and get a shot of the water coming through it.

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As always seems to be the case I like to get in amongst the flow and by doing so I usually end up wet and today was no exception. Given the outside temperature the water temps were quite pleasant.

Mel, known as @leftofthemiddle in the Insta world had managed to get her hands on some Wilde gluten free beer.  They make a Raspberry Pale Ale and a straight Pale Ale, which is really good timing i guess given my recent move to a Gluten Free diet.Of course we made sure we got a group photo with the beer – props only of course 😊

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The weather came back through so we retreated for a little while and once it cleared I headed to the northern end of the beach as I hadn’t shot there before and the wave action across the rocks was looking pretty sweet. _DSC0842

It’s important to watch the waves for a bit before you start shooting so you can see the sets and where the water is coming in as well as going out, because if the in and out flow collide you can find yourself in a bit of trouble pretty quickly.

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It was about this point that I went from having wet ankles to being drenched to the thighs, but I got the shots I wanted and get me gear dry and safe.

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We topped off a great afternoon with a hilarious dinner and a few drinks at the Mattara Hotel.

 

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Nikki, Will and plus one

What an awesome day Sunday turned out to be! Summer is really on its way here on the east coast of Australia. Late Sunday afternoon i headed out to Redhead beach with my awesome female ‘tog mates to shoot another baby bump/maternity session, this time with Nikki, her almost 4 year Will and their plus one.

When we first met Will he was so shy and then before we had barely walked 20m down the path he was chit chatting away to us like an old friend. We asked if he liked having his photo taken and without hesitation – “NO” .. hmm i think we managed to prove that wrong 🙂 This little guy is like an energiser battery – he never runs out of steam or stories and had us all in stitches with his antics.

Unfortunately we didn’t get much of a sunset and the wind had picked up quite a bit but we managed to get a few different shots taken before it just got too cool.

Here a couple from the afternoon:

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And the full set can be found here.

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Keeley & Chase

I was lucky enough to be invited by some wonderful fellow female photographers to be involved in a maternity for a gorgeous young couple – Keeley and Chase. Keeley’s mum Ali also came  along and we managed to get her in a few shots as well.

We headed south a little bit to Redhead for a sunset shoot, we weren’t sure at first that the sunset was going to play, but at the last minute we got some nice colour to play with.

Keeley and Chase were just gorgeous and so wonderful to work with.

Here are a few pictures from the shoot and the full set is available here.

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7 Sunrises in 7 Days

Out went 2012 and in came 2013.

So how does one welcome in the new year? Well in true Sundancer style – with a crazy challenge of course – 7 sunrises in 7 days was the challenge. Sounds a little crazy and a little cool particularly at the beginning. trust me by day 7 its no longer cool or funny, particularly for those of that were working a full-time job – unfortunately like myself. So each morning i would drag my butt out of bed – and for those that know me, they know i am far more partial to evenings then i am to mornings!!! – head to shoot my sunrise and then head into work for a full days work. I think by the end of the week the girls at work weren’t sure if they were more worried about their health and safety or my own, they certainly couldn’t believe that i was taking on a morning challenge let alone 7 in a row!

The challenge had been set by “Pom”, that we would shoot a sunrise each day for 7 days straight and that each day we would shoot in a different location. The weather, well it certainly was pathetic but it also didn’t deliver any spectacular sunrises for us unfortunately, it was either no cloud at all or plenty of cloud.

The Locations and a photo from each day are as follows:

Day 1 – Susan Gilmore Beach, Newcastle.

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Day 2 – Dudley Beach, south of Newcastle.

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Day 3 – Merewether Ocean Baths

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Day 4 – Marmong Point, Lake Macquarie

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Day 5 – Bogey Hole, Newcastle

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Day 6 – Redhead Beach, south of Newcastle

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Day 7 – Chalky Beach, south of Newcastle.

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So as you can see we had some good variety – beaches, lake, lake, ocean pool. and as with all good Sundance events there is a breakfast location allocated, so soothe the pain of the early morning rise. I think the harder challenge ended up being not having bacon and eggs for breaky each morning 🙂

One thing we did learn – do not attempt this starting on a Saturday, as your last day is Friday and oh my goodness was it a loooooong Friday !!! definitely best to start on a Monday so come Sunday you can shoot, drive home fall back into bed and sleeeeeep the day away 🙂

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