Photo Post | Terrigal Beach 201107

Terrigal Beach 201107

Photo Post | Terrigal Beach 201107

Terrigal Beach 201107

Setting the scene:

Shot on 31 July, 2011 at around 1:30pm. It was a fantastic day weather-wise for the middle of winter. We took a phone call from some friends and decided to meet at Terrigal beach so that all of the kids could play in the sand. Being the middle of winter, we really didn’t want them getting wet but kids will be kids…

I took my camera with the intention of snapping some nice photos of the kids, and hopefully one or two nice beach photos too. When we arrived, I noticed this line of cloud which really intrigued me because it reminded me of some style of writing. I took a number of shots in an attempt to capture it with a composition that felt right. After some cropping to remove the corner of a brick wall and to balance the frame, the photo above is the end result.

Now for technical details:

  • The photo was taken using a Canon EOS 400D using the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens.
  • Shutter speed was 1/60 second
  • Aperture was at f/10
  • Focal Length at 18mm
  • Shot in full manual mode
I used a CPL (circular polarising) filter during this shoot. The day was quite warm so there was a bit of haze around. The CPL helps to cut the haze, and also helps to remove reflections from the water which is why the water looks so clear in this shot. The time of day is important with this shot too. The middle of the day is the time of day when the sun is the highest in the sky and gets the most penetration through the water. If I had shot this early or late in the day I would not have been able to capture the water with that beautiful turquoise colour.

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Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet photo shot at 300mm, f/5.6

Rainbow Lorikeet

Living in a home that backs directly on to the Australian bush has some wonderful advantages. We often have visits in our back yard from local wildlife such as bush turkeys, blue-tongue lizards and the occasional wallaby. On this day, I had put a small amount of sunflower seed out on my back deck to attract some of the local birds with the hope of capturing a photo or two. I wasn’t disappointed.

I took many shots that afternoon, and I’m happy with a lot of them, but this is one of my favorites.  Using a Canon EF 75mm-300mm at full zoom and an aperture of f/5.6 I managed to capture this rainbow Lorikeet looking right at the lens. Tell me what you think!

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Reflections

Reflections

Sunset photo taken at Gosford Marina on the NSW Central Coast. Shot on Dec 30, 2010

Reflections

Shot on 30 December, 2010 at Gosford marina on the NSW Central Coast. The sky was all but dark when I shot this sunset photo. An extended shutter speed allowed me to capture some of the remaining ambient colour bouncing around in the stratosphere as well as capture the reflections and shadows on the lake.

The air that night was cooler than I had expected after a very warm day, and the mosquitoes were having a feast on my ankles and arms. The results were more than worth the itchy bites though. I’m quite happy with the resulting photo.

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Firesky

Firesky

Sunset photo taken from the NSW Central Coast in January 2011

Firesky

Another sunset photo. I shot this right from my driveway in January 2011. The scenario for the shot was somewhat similar to “Jetstream” in that the sun had already disappeared from view and was well below the visible horizon. The sunlight was filtered naturally through the atmosphere and bounced off the clouds to produce this incredibly intense orange glow. I have not made any colour adjustments to this image, only some minor cropping.

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Jetstream

Jetstream

Jetstream - Sunset Photo taken in August 2008 from Yanuca Island, Fiji.

Jetstream

Yanuca Island, Fiji. August 2008.

This sunset photo is one of many that I shot whilst on Holiday in 2008. The sun had already sunk behind the horizon and had disappeared from view when this was shot. I looked up and noticed the cloud trail above me that was still in full view of the suns rays due to it’s height. The clouds were being swept along by the jet streams high above me leaving this wispy river of cloud.

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