Landscape Photography, Australian Landmarks – Coolangatta, Snapper Rocks Sunrise

Landscape Photography, Australian Landmarks – Coolangatta, Snapper Rocks Sunrise

Hi Guys. Can safely say I’m over my jet lag now, this trip really hit me for six, so I’m now pretty much back into the swing of things. I’m about to move back down to the midlands, my time in Cheshire is coming to the end and although I’ll be sad to leave the beautiful peaks I am looking forward to new beginnings and some more landscape photography adventures further south!

Thing is I’ve got a whole bunch of places I need to visit before I go. Having the peaks on my doorstep for so long has left me with a bucket list of promising locations as long as my arm, so now I’m spending my evenings heading out to capture them while the evenings are long!

Anyway, I digress – this shot is from a place called Snapper Rocks, located just behind Tweed Heads on the Coolangatta coast. It’s a spot known worldwide for it’s surfing and if the size of some of the waves were anything to go by I can see why.

I had actually thought we might have the place to ourselves – my uncle Nick and I arrived at about 0520 and even at that time there was quite a few folks about, surfers and fishermen mainly, but a few others had just shown up for the light show I think. By the time I’d packed up there were about 20 surfers out, and more were walking down the beach to drop in from the rocks.

I was initially struggling for a composition and finally settled for what i thought worked here, the silhouetted headland sloping into the ocean and the rocks leading out to the pre-sunrise sun all drawing the eye out to the lovely warm glow.

I opted for a long exposure here, 8 seconds in total, and even at this time the luminosity was bright enough to warrant a 0.6 ND grad and a 0.9 rev ND grad to hold it back, but not to much to flatten the waves right out. I was thinking of a panoramic but i just didn’t have the time to set up, I have made a 16×7 crop which is up on the gallery, have a look and let me know if it works, I think it works well in either format to be honest, the warm tones also seem to work well here.

Again, this is pretty much ‘out of the can’, very little work was needed just a little tweaking of the yellow and orange channels to bring it all in line. It turned out to be a pretty awesome start to the day, pretty much what landscape photography is all about!

Look forward to sharing some more of my East Coast adventure soon!
Catch you soon!



Capture Details

Canon 1Ds Mark III
EF 16-35 L USM II @21mm
8 sec @ f/11, ISO 50
0.6 ND Grad (Lee)
0.9 Reverse ND Grad (Singh-Ray)
Really Right Stuff TVC33+BH55 LR
Single Exposure
Curves adjustments
A little dodging and burning


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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14 Responses to “Landscape Photography, Australian Landmarks – Coolangatta, Snapper Rocks Sunrise”

  1. Bette CervantesJune 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Please browse and enjoy British landscape pictures, and my exploration and fascination with the ever changing British landscapes. Whilst predominantly focused on Welsh landscapes, there will be landscape photography from all over the British Isle and beyond!
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  2. Australian Landscape PhotographyJuly 2, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    Nice photography, I love to capture nature beauty. I like Australian Landscape Photography more.

  3. David ClarkJuly 4, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Oh wow stunning photograph.

  4. John DSeptember 13, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    Great shots! Absolutely stunning.
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  5. James RobinsonOctober 11, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Ah… That’s a beautiful landscape right there…
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  6. Aras AndrockMarch 7, 2014 at 6:26 am #

    You’re really good at landscape scenery. Love it!
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  7. Donald QuixoteMarch 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Your photography is amazing! Do you ever print them out? What type of printer do you use so as to not lose any of the image quality?

  8. Moo JaeNovember 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Your photo is trying to convince me to visit that place! I love the perfect shot. Please keep posting your shots. I am looking forward for more.
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  9. Fashion PhotographyJuly 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    Stunning photo. That would look lovely on any wall!


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