‘Twas a beautiful morning yesterday and I had a very early errand at Murillumbah, so I decided I might as well take the cameras (I always do anyway) and head down to the beach afterwards. I went by Snapper first but it is already closed off for the upcoming Quiksilver & Roxy events (they don’t start until 2 March!).
So I mosied on down to D’bah where the durf was small but nicely shaped waves and a beautiful clear vlue green colour.
Here’s a few from the day. Click on the photo to link to my website image, and check out the whole gallery of 2013 Gold Coast/northen NSW surfing shots. I am adding more all the time.
I planned to be up nice and early for the pool this morning for my swim – they open at 5.30am and I usually swim then so I am done for the day and it beats the heat. But today I woke at 2.15 am and could not get bnack to sleep, then dropped off and slept til 5.30am. And when I looked out of the window and saw this glorious cloudbank out of the window the pool was abandoned for the camera.
3 shot pano in portrait mode, 1DsMkII & 50mm f1.8.
On Sunday 01 October I dragged myself up at 0130 and collected a friend at her house at 0300 and we set off for Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head (about 90kms south). Lake Ainsworth is a freshwater lake with distinctive tannin-stained waters from the surrounding tea trees which make stunning shots possible when the conditions are right.
Lake Ainsworth was named after James Ainsworth, Thomas Ainsworth’s son. The Ainsworths were one of the first European families to take up land in the region, settling on the North Head of Ballina in 1847. The Lake is situated north of the town and 50 metres behind the dunes.
We’d hoped for mist rising as we had a few drops of rain the night before but it was not to be. Still achieved some nice images. I plan to go back and stay at the adjacent caravan park and do a sunset, night and dawn shoot.
Mamiya 645DF & Leaf 22
A wide angle shot from yesterday with 2 whales in the foreground – they were only about 30m from the boat – and the coast behind them, showing why every trip’s a great experience even if you don’t get breach photos.
Today we saw 6 or 7 glorious breaches and this was the best your fearless photographer could do. I just kept being in the wrong spot in the boat. One of those days. But I had a thoroughly enjoyable (if frustrating) time and got a plethora of lovely whale tail shots.
But firstly, while waiting at the dock a pair of ospreys flew to the mast of a boat moored nearby, a nice little bonus! The first one on got the good perch and the other bird had a frustrating time trying to balance and eventually flew off, in disgust, I imagine!
This whale was breaching right by Cook Island, just off Fingal.
The next shots are of a whale who seemed to be having (ahem) a whale of a time. He tail slapped so vigourously and at least 20 or 25 times – just over, and over, and over again. I have about 30 shots.
Nicki, the whale expert on board – she is a marine biologist who has studied humpbacks all over the world – assured us this next view showed he is a male. I’ll take her word for it!
We left this guy then and saw a few more, with one excellent shot resulting.
I do have some more for editing but these are the outstanding ones.
Well, it’s today and i wish I could report some outstanding photo I took. Unfortunately, sunrise was a bit of an also ran, and I didn’t go anywhere terrific, but I did get a lovely shot of two of the cats at our winter breakfast table.
When the colder weather came I set up a table on the eastern glassed-in verandah for breakfast. It gets all the morning sun and is delightfully warm. Naturally, the cats ‘warmed’ to the idea – particularly Marmie (red tabby) & Honey (Siamese) who always like to ‘share’ meals with us. So I have set up cat’s stools for them – 2 crates cable tied together with cushions tied to the top, which are pushed back to the wall after use.
Today I was a little later than usual getting breakfast and after putting the cutlery out came back with plates in hand to find this scene. Look pretty comfy, don’t they?
I collected a friend and we toodled down to Duranbah to check out see the big swell which had been forecast. It turned out to be not so big and was producing disorganised waves, but we were there, we’d lugged our big lenses down, so we grabbed some shots anyway! All the surf shots are with the canon 40D (to give more ‘reach) and Sigma 150-500 – at 500 for all images.
I liked this one, I was shooting for the 2 figures but the pointy end of the 3rd board sort of gives it an endless line feel, if you know what I mean.
And I shot a couple of runs (up to 15 shots – see them on my website) of this fellow due to the fact that (a) we got talking to his dad who was videoing him, and (b) he was easy to pick out because his wettie was a bit ‘different’ with white at the top and down one arm. I do wish there were more light coloured wetties – it would make the job of exposure much easier!
And those seagulls? It came over showery so we went for a bit of a drive south to Hastings Point – where we purchased lunch at the great take away by the caravan park and drove out to the point and threw chips to the seagulls. All seagull shots with 40D & canon 50mm f1.8.
This is actually two seagulls, I was a bit stumped at first by this apparently strangely formed seagull until I realised!
I call thius one ‘The Birds’ in a nod to AH!
Sunrise yesterday was very dramatic. I went to the kitchen sink to get a glass of water and saw this and hotfooted it out to the verandah. The Mamiya was downstairs so I went with the canon as the light was changing rapidly.
When I first opened this with Adobe Camera Raw I was unhappy with what I was getting – looked too much, even unprocessed. But after a bit if a play in Capture One and a slight curves adjustment in PS4, this is pretty much as it was. There were more pink tones, but it’s close.
Canon 1DsMkII, 17-40L f4 @ 40mm
Where we live overlooking the ocean – albeit at a mile or two removed – we enjoy some wonderful sunrises, particularly in winter. This one was captured on 26 June 1012. Canon 1DsMkII & 50mm f1.8.
On the evening of 19 June Warwick & I decided to treat ourselves to a night out. So, feed the 6 cats early dinner and off we went for Brunswick Heads. We stayed the night at the Hotel Brunswick (Brunswick Heads NSW), where we enjoyed a fine meal and were agreeably surprised by the quality and talent of the band. Previously unknown to us, Broadfoot is a northern NSW group who perform all round the area. If you have a chance to go and hear them, don’t miss it!
I shot some good stuff (for my first ever venture into live music photography) with the 1DsMkII & 50mm f1.8 lens.