A couple of weeks ago, I told you how I’d discovered the view overlooking the Flinders Pier. I was working at the time, and could only snap a few pics with my iPhone. Yesterday I went back to Flinders with my DSLR and tri-pod in the hope of capturing the sunrise from the same vantage point.
My son and I arrived at Flinders around 5:45AM. From the cliff top we used the “Star Map” iPhone app to work out where on the horizon the Sun would rise. I was a little disappointed to find that I wouldn’t be able to get the Sun and the pier in the same shot from that location, so we went exploring (in the dark) looking for a better spot, and ended up down at beach level where the pier would be just to the left in my photos to the rising sun.
As the sky started to get brighter, I realised my sunset/sunrise curse had returned – clouds on the horizon. This was despite a clear, star filled, sky overhead. As dawn approached, more clouds started rolling across from the west to meet those on the eastern horizon.
I only knew the Sun had risen by checking the time, as it was completely obscured by the thick clouds on the horizon, with hardy a hint of pink in the sky. Despite the clouds, I kept shooting anyway, and managed to get a few good pictures. I then put the tri-pod away and we went for a walk along the pier for a few more pics.
Yesterday I told you about my dawn photography at Hastings Marina. Well I managed to get a couple of shots showing a pinkish sky, but for most of the time the sunrise was hidden behind clouds on the horizon.
I was just about ready to pack up, when I noticed a big patch of clear blue sky making its way towards the eastern horizon, so I waited a half hour or so until the Sun finally poked up from behind the clouds. It wasn’t pink any more, but there were some nice rays of light spreading across the sky. To add another element to the shot, I threw a rock into the water to get rings of ripples disturbing the reflection. I’m very happy with both of these shots.
Last weekend I was photographing the sunset from Grantville, on Western Port Bay. This week I found myself across the bay at Hastings, capturing the sunrise from the local Marina. As my bad luck with cloud cover on the horizon continues, there was only a brief moment where the sky turned bright pink before the sun was hidden again, but I’m still happy with the results.
(In-between shots, my son and I had a bit of fun skimming rocks on the otherwise mirror smooth water.)
It was a really hot night last night (over 30 degrees C until after 2AM) and I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to go and photograph the sunrise. For the first time I shot in RAW so I had the best chance of getting some good colours in Post-Processing. Here’s the end result on Flickr…