Posted by: Paul Sheringhams blog: a place of running dreams come true | May 5, 2013

The ocean and all its devices




I went out to photograph the sunrise. There was a high dark bank of clouds on the horizon at MacCauley’s Headland. A few cars were already in the car park, probably surfers checking the conditions.

I set up my camera and tripod early and took some pre-dawn shots. As the dawn approached the exposure on my camera reduced:  30 seconds, 20 seconds, 10 seconds, 5 seconds. Only the highest summits of the horizon bank of clouds fired pink.

Behind the headland the sun sent long angles rays out from behind the clouds. I tried to move my camera on the tripod, but the filter holder fell off the front of the lense scratching the filter. It was the 0.6 ND grad. So I pulled out the 0.9 grad which I meant to be using.

The sun hit the rocks in front of me several minutes after the dawn, and the nearest rocks where hidden in the shade of the headland. The photographs weren’t all that inspiring.

The breeze was offshore and the crests were blowing long white tails with an occasional rainbows in them. People started to appear on the beach. Walkers and jogger, a surfer board tucked under his arm by his side. I put the 300mm zoom on my camera and started taking photos of the sets of waves as the rolled in.

My knee became really painful standing behind the tripod.

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