Landscape Photography, Australian Landmarks – Caloundra, Dicky Beach Sunrise

Landscape Photography, Australian Landmarks – Caloundra, Dicky Beach Sunrise

Landscape Photography - Australia, Queensland - Caloundra, Dicky Beach SunriseHi Guys. It’s been a little while since i last posted anything on my Landscape Photography blog, there’s been a lot going on in my life in the last six months and i’m now looking forward to starting a new chapter…and sharing with you some of my new work!

I’ve recently returned (and still jet lagged!) from a trip visiting my awesome family down in Australia, I’d not seen my uncle in 35 years and I’d never actually met my Aunt and Cousins, I can honestly say it was a life changing experience for me to reconnect, life is way too short hey – love you guys!

I made the most of my spare time getting up early and heading out searching for seascape and landscape photography opportunities along the east coast of Queensland. You don’t have to travel far as pretty much the entire East Coast is one big photo opportunity!

This particular image was captured at Dicky Beach in Caloundra, QLD, the wreck of SS Dicky can be seen to the left of the frame, unfortunately she’s losing the battle against the relentless onslaught of waves against her. I was chatting to a local guy after taking this shot and he explained they have tried a number of things to prevent the decay of the steel hull, unfortunately she looks set to be claimed by the ocean in the next 5 or 6 years.

The beach is actually named after the ship itself, and it’s the only beach in the world to be named after a (grounded) ship. I’m lucky to have been blessed with great conditions to capture her as she sits out her last years.

As you can see from the image I was treated with a beautiful sunrise, I had the entire beach to myself and I just couldn’t believe my eyes as the colour of the sky went from a relatively cold blue and orange tone to a real bonfire in the sky – the colours have not been tweaked, this shot is pretty much straight out of the camera. In fact i had to actually lower the luminosity of the orange channel to bring it in line with the other luminosity values.

The 0.9 reverse grad did a great job of holding back the highlights but  I still had to work pretty quick as the refracting light show was over in about 30 seconds, the sky then returned to much more of a modest light show.


Catch you soon!


Capture Details

Canon 1Ds Mark III
EF 16-35 L USM II @16mm
5 sec @ f/16, ISO 50
0.9 Reverse ND Grad (Singh-Ray)
Really Right Stuff TVC33+BH55 LR
Single Exposure
Curves adjustments
A little dodging and burning


Have a great day!


Barney Delaney is a photographer specialising in Landscape Photography from around the world. He is based in the Cheshire Peak District of the UK. His artwork can be purchased Landscape Photography.

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13 Responses to “Landscape Photography, Australian Landmarks – Caloundra, Dicky Beach Sunrise”

  1. SimonJune 3, 2013 at 2:14 am #

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  2. Matt the Brisbane PhotographerJune 5, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    One of my favourite places in Australia – there are endless amounts of landscape photos you can take. Great shot by the way!
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  3. J. Lee
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    June 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Wow that is one stunning photo Barney! I keep staring at it. I bet Australia is just an amazing place for landscape photography! I’m a portrait photographer and I am dying to go there, it’s on my bucket list and your photo bumped that goal up to the top! 🙂 – Jen

  4. BarneyJune 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    The East coast is really something, i don’t think you can take a bad picture, the coastline is so picturesque! I can’t wait to get back to be honest – @Matt, I might come tap you up for some locations inland! @Jen, you’re spot on, it’s an awesome place for landscape photography, and any other photography i reckon, maybe take your gear and head out for some portrait work! Barney.
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    The other thing that was awesome about this time of year, is that the magical light stayed with you for so long. If sunset was close to 11pm, it started getting good around 8pm. And since the sun set so slowly and stayed so low in the sky, you could really shoot for about 3 hours. Throw some dramatic clouds in there, combined with the low sun and it made for some wonderful photography.
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