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An Early Morning Outing

Woke up nice and early – never a problem – but actually managed to motivate myself out of the house! And I was rewarded by a fine sunrise. Initially went round to Saunderlands Rd to opposite the zinc works hoping for those lovely plumes of smoke/steam I have seen, but the woind was so fierce I didn’t bpother, as there was just one thin little stream.
On the way back stopped where the turnoff is, though, and shot a few looking north to the Bowen Bridge, hoping for nice cloudscapes. Not too bad, more experimentation needed.
Then went on to Granton and stopped opposite the pub near the old railway station, for a very nice cloudscape for sunrise.
I have played a bit for different effects with the colour balance and tint.
All Fuji X-M1 and Samyang 12mm f2, except the panorama wich is Fuji X-T1 and 14-55 lens
6 shot portrait format pano
6 shot portrait format pano
Bowen Bridge from the start of Saunderson Rd


Bowen Bridge from the start of Saunderson Rd #2









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.

First Sunrise of the New Year

I dragged myself out of bed at a very unGodly hour to catch the first sunrise of 2013 from Currumbin Alley at the rock platform.

It was gloriously pink to start but that was short lived new-eyar's-dqy-2013-_I7U8422

It was gloriously pink to start, but that was short lived and soon the Sun’s orange influence began to be felt.


The last rays before the Sun popped out of the cloud were lovely.

A good morning’s work if I do say so myself.

Three Wonderful mornings

On Thursday I started a new part time job, which helps to support the photography compulsion, and after almost 3 years without wiork it needs a biit of a funds injection!

When I woke up, a little later than usual, I went to the kitchen for a glass of ewater and saw a fantastic sunrise shaping up.

The result was this stunner I called Fat Old Sun – yes, a nod to the Floyd here, I love their music.

The next morning was almost a reapeat of the day before, resulting in another great sunrise.

Both Mamiya 645DF & Mamiya 105-210 @ 130mm & 105mm respectively.

Yesterday I decided to travel down to Cabarita Beach & headland for the sunrise.  I was hoping for some slow water over rocks with a nice red sun rising.  Unfortunately I committed the photographer’s cardinal sin of not physically scouting out the exact location first!  The result was I was not in the best spot and so missed the shot I hoped for.  I did end up with some interesting closer up sand shots thought.  I’ve processed these to be fanciful, not something I often do but there you go!

Today’s an at home day but who know what sunrise from the kitchen might throw up today!

A Fiery Start to the Day

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

Early morning on the river

This is a shot I took in 2005 which I have just ‘rediscovered’ while I was looking for chilli shots to make a post on my blog.

It was taken on 2 October @ 0542 looking east down the tweed River from Murwillumbah. I was fascinated by the look of it and the fact that this is how the colour came out – it is NOT sepia toned or adjusted for colour.

Interesting, isn’t it?

Canon 300D & 28-90 lens (02102005@541-CRW_4734)

Sailor’s Warning

Sailor’s Warning, originally uploaded by Photography by Odille.

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.
Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning”

Or substitute shepherd for sailor if you are a landlubber! And is it true?

From http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/weather-sailor.html:
“Red sky at night, sailors delight.”
When we see a red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically good weather will follow.

“Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.”
A red sunrise reflects the dust particles of a system that has just passed from the west. This indicates that a storm system may be moving to the east. If the morning sky is a deep fiery red, it means a high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain is on its way.

And I am always fascinated how the light refraction can make the sun visible before it is over the horizon.

From Wikipedia:
Sunrise is the instant at which the upper edge of the Sun appears above the horizon in the east. Sunrise should not be confused with dawn, which is the (variously defined) point at which the sky begins to lighten, some time before the sun itself appears, ending twilight. Because atmospheric refraction causes the sun to be seen while it is still below the horizon, both sunrise and sunset are, from one point of view, optical illusions.

As sunrise and sunset are calculated from the leading and trailing edges of the sun, and not the centre, the duration of “day” is slightly longer than “night”. Further, because the light from the sun is bent by the atmospheric refraction, the sun is still visible after it is geometrically below the horizon.

Sunrise, 3 September 2010 from Terranora on far north coast NSW, AUstralia. H2 & 50-110 zoom, f5, 1/100, ISO 100 (3-09-10-CF034972)

Cape Byron Looking Up

Went down to Byron again today with David, a friend from a photo forum. We were unlucky, we’d just arrived and started to shoot and a film crew came up and they had paid for a permit so we had to move out. They were putting a couple of trucks and had 50 people so it would have been impossible to shoot anyway.

But I did snap this one by putting the Lumix on its back on top of the camera case and using 2 sec delay self timer.

The Cape Byron Lighthouse is Australia’s most easterly light being situated on the most easterly point of the mainland. It is also Australia’s most powerful Lighthouse. It was constructed of prefabricated concrete blocks in 1901 and is (of course) Australia’s most easterly lighthouse at Latitude 028° 38.4′ S. Longitude 153° 38.1′ E.

It is built in the James Barnet style, by his successor, Charles Harding. James Barnet, the New South Wales colonial architect, was renowned for his towers having large ornate crowns and so they are easily distinguished.

The first-order optical lens, which weighs 8 tonnes, was made by the French company, Societe des Establishment, Henry Lepante, Paris. It contains 760 pieces of highly polished prismatic glass.

The original concentric six wick burner was 145,000 cd (candle power). This was replaced in 1922 by a vapourised kerosene mantle burner which gave an illumination of 500,000 cd.

In 1956, the light became Australia’s most powerful, at 2,200,00 cd when it was converted to mains electricity. At the same time the clock mechanism was replaced by an electric motor.

An auxiliary fixed red light is also exhibited from the tower to cover Juan and Julian Rocks to the north east.

A great banquet was arranged for the opening in 1901 and many dignitaries, including the NSW Premier of the day John See, were invited. However due to adverse weather conditions the Premier’s ship was delayed by till the following day and the banquet was held without him. The opening by the Premier took place a day late on the Sunday.

It is interesting to note that Cape Byron was named by Captain Cook after John Byron, grandfather of the famous poet.

Operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the lighthouse is at an elevation of 118metres, and its 2,200,000 cd 1000W 120 Volt tungsten halogen lamp flashes white every 15 seconds, having a range of 27 nautical miles (40 kilometres).

The ownership of the reserve was handed over to the Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales in 1998. The reserve was already under a lease to the Cape Byron Headland Reserve Trust who maintain and secure the site and buildings. It is currently used as a base for whale watching.

And you can experience the lifestyle of former lighthouse keepers as the fully refurbished, heritage-listed cottages are available for overnight stays. Located in Cape Byron State Conservation Area on the headland near the most easterly point of the Australian mainland the Assistant Lighthouse Keepers Cottages offer one of the areas truly unique holiday experiences. A national park holiday you won’t forget!

These two separate heritage cottages have been renovated with period furniture and modern appliances so that your stay is comfortable. Watch the dolphins, turtles and whales playing in the sanctuary of the Cape Byron Marine Park and enjoy 360 degree views of Byron Bay’s coastline and surrounding world heritage national parks.

See http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkAccommodatio… for details

Lumix FZ35 – P1050966