Glassy eyes

An alternative angle on sunrise. Here are some shots we took a couple of weeks ago (before the weather turned wild) experimenting with new ways to photograph the sunrise. What do you think?

wild eyes

Wake up!

Looking sideways

Wide eyes

Coffee time?

Salt in the air

After several weeks of beautiful calm weather and flat seas, some swell finally rolled in. I woke up this morning to see some pretty big sets arriving at Freshwater Beach. Two crazy surf-skiers were out there enjoying the wild ride.

Surf-skiers off Freshwater Beach

Waves breaking at Freshie headland

Clouds

I haven’t posted for a while. Partly because it’s winter and the days are short — I leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark so I haven’t had much time to get out with my camera. Shame because winter is beautiful here — the air is crisp and clear and when it’s not raining the beach is awesome. Hopefully I’ll see some whales cruising past soon. In the meantime, here’s a selection of photos from my cloud collection. Remember, I have warned you before, I’m a cloud nerd.  (Click on the thumbnails below to view the gallery)

April sunset

 

If you’re a cloud nerd too, you’re not alone, there is help! Check out The Cloud Appreciation Society.

Full Moon

Why do I like staring at the moon? Every month I look forward to the full moooooooon. It looks truly amazing through a pair of really powerful binoculars. You can see so much detail — the surface with craters, ravines, valleys, plains. And it looks so close that you could touch it. Not so great in this photo of mine… but you get the idea. This was taken one day before the full moon, although it looks pretty full to me. Is this auspicious or what? The full moon occurs this month on November 11th — 11/11/11. A palindrome on a full moon. Spoooooky!

Sculpture by the Sea

Sometimes I do wander it bit further from home. Every year at Bondi Beach they run a free exhibition called Sculpture by the Sea where artworks are placed on the sand and the rocks along a coastal path across several beaches. It makes a great summer’s evening walk and it’s always worth the trip over to Bondi.

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Angry Sky

A visitor from the south: a big storm front rolls in over Manly Beach

My absolute favourite subject matter for photography is clouds — so here’s a warning in advance: you’ll see lots of clouds on this blog. This particular beauty rolled in with a ‘southerly buster’. The southerly usually signals a cool change and is common in Sydney in the summer, particularly after days of stable, sunny weather. A cool front gets pushed up from the south, bringing unstable, gusty weather. Big grey clouds roll in and the temperature drops rapidly. They usually come in the late afternoon and you can almost set your watch by it. All of a sudden our back windows start rattling — ah, that’ll be the southerly buster. Some Sydney weather nerds (myself included) often tweet when the southerly hits – you could map it’s progress from south to north across the city.

Big and beautiful: Is it just me, or do storm clouds make great photos?

The Early Bird

Early morning kookaburra

Early morning kookaburra

My first post is a photo I took early one morning a few years ago: A kookaburra sitting on the balcony. I love the way the bird is silhouetted in the early morning light. The sky looks a bit moody but it feels like it’s going to be a nice, sunny day. That’s a complete fluke – I wasn’t sitting there waiting for it to come along, working out the exposure. I just saw the bird and grabbed my camera. You don’t usually see kookaburras at the beach, they prefer gum trees. But maybe they like the ocean too.

Hello World!

This is my first ever blog… so let’s just see how it goes. I live very close to the ocean on a headland in Sydney, Australia. I’m inspired by what I see from here — the rolling ocean for as far as the eye can see, gorgeous sunrises, sometimes big swells rolling in, occasional storms and dramatic cloud formations, pods of dolphins, migrating whales. It’s a very special place and I consider myself lucky to be able to see, smell, hear and feel the ocean every day. I’m not a ‘serious photographer’ but there’s plenty of great subject matter around me so hopefully I can capture some of it. So, this is a photo blog inspired by the ocean, in other words: stuff I see without walking too far from home. All the photos and video are taken by me — the aim is to get better at photography. Any tips are most welcome! This blog is also an exercise in commitment. Do I have it in me to find the time and inspiration to post regularly?