Friday, April 18, 2014

Golden Hour Sunrise

I love shooting at Golden Hour. The light is wonderful. Because I'm not a morning person, I usually shoot before sunset rather than around and after sunrise. I have shot 3 sunrises now and I must say, it's incredible to witness.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter. Remember the reason for this holiday weekend.  ✝ = ❤️

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday: Collared Kingfisher

A few weeks ago, Michael & I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow birder up at Beachmere, near Bribie Island. There were plenty of birds to see in the wetlands BUT, my favorite part was photographing some of the birds out on the tidal flats.

We came across this Collared Kingfisher (a lifer for me) which was relatively happy to pose as we edged closer and closer. Testing out my new 70-200mm L IS even more, and also familiarising myself with shooting with my monopod.


I think he dropped something!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

South East QLD Coastal Journey: Currumbin Beach & Currumbin Alley

Following on from my previous post, the next beaches north of Kirra Beach are Bilinga Beach & Tugun Beach. Sadly, I have no images of these beaches except in stormy weather. I really must take another trip or two down to the Gold Coast to catch up on the beaches I am missing!

Next after these beaches are Currumbin Beach and Currumbin Alley.

Currumbin Beach is the stretch between Elephant Rock (southern end, which has a great lookout on top) and Currumbin Rock (northern end).

From the top of Elephant Rock, there are great views in all directions. Below the rock is Currumbin Surf Lifesaving Club.
The rocks below Elephant Rock are also a popular fishing spot.

Looking north from Elephant Rock Lookout, you can see Currumbin Rock with the city skyline of Surfers Paradise. This particular day was a bit stormy...

Looking towards Currumbin Rock on a much finer day... When the wind is just right, this spot is a haven for kite surfers.

Looking back from Currumbin Rock towards Currumbin Surf  Lifesaving club and Elephant Rock

Such a beautiful day...

Looking through the rocks at Currumbin Rock towards Surfers Paradise city skyline.

Currumbin Alley is a surf break off Currumbin Rock. The Alley is one of the more famous breaks on the Gold Coast. Waves wrap around the point and towards the creek. It is exposed to perfect beginners conditions towards the creek and some fantastic right-handers towards the point.

Popular also for the recent craze; Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

City to surf...

Currumbin Alley marks the mouth of Currumbin Creek and provides the perfect angle to look west across the beach for stunning reflective sunsets.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

South East QLD Coastal Journey: Kirra Beach

My previous post was about the southern most beaches, Snapper Rocks Beach and Rainbow Bay. The next beach north is Greenmount Beach (south Coolangatta) and Coolangatta Beach (no images, sadly, so I will bypass there for now).

The next beach around from Coolangatta is Kirra Beach. Kirra Beach is a long, wide stretch of beach, which includes North Kirra Beach.

Looking north...

That's Gold Coast city in the distance.

Looking south; beautiful reflections and the iconic Kirra Hut.

Low tide ripples in the sand

Afternoon shadows in Kirra Hut

As the sun begins to set on another gorgeous Summer day, the low tide reflections are ever changing

And so are the colours in the sky

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