Normally, at least the night before I plan to go out for sunrise, I have some sort of idea as to where I’m headed. Tuesday morning however, things went a little differently. When I get into bed of a night, knowing that I’m shooting the next day, the first thing I do is set my alarm. I set it with enough time to make myself slightly presentable, drive to the location and then walk around for a bit until I’m happy with my composition and subject matter.
Monday night I had no idea where I was going to go the following morning, so I set my alarm for the latest I could set it for any of the locations I would usually shoot. At this time of year 5am is the latest. Bring on winter I say.
I’d been shooting the South coast a bit lately and I knew it had so much more to offer me, beyond what it had already offered. My alarm went off as usual, I stumbled out of bed and made my down South. It wasn’t until I got to Stanwell (about half an hour South of the Southern Sydney suburbs) that I decided I wanted to shoot at Austinmer. I’d shot here once before, but had a terrible morning. It was high tide and overcast, meaning even if I got to where I wanted to shoot there would be absolutely no colour in the sky. Tuesday morning however, things went a little more in my favour.
I scrambled over the rocks trying to find somewhere to set up my tripod, ready for the beautiful colour pre-sunrise can present. It was pretty cloudy and even the horizon looked too cloudy, but sure enough just a few minutes before sunrise a band of red glowed across the horizon. I shot for a couple of minutes, getting my exposures for the sky and the various wave movements for my foreground. Feeling satisfied with my results, I headed North up the beach to see what else Austinmer had in store for me that day…
I hope you enjoy the photos!
Location: Now, I’m not exactly sure where Austinmer Beach starts or finishes, but anywhere on this map that I’ve highlighted I’m going to label as Austinmer Beach. All of the rock shelves practically have unlimited places to shoot from.