Landscape Photography, Australian Landmarks – Caloundra, Dicky Beach Sunrise
Hi 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!
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
A little dodging and burning
Have a great day!