* A (Light) Painted Dawn: Oak Park 26th June 2014. June 26 2014

In the total darkness of a very dark pre-Dawn, I started taking extended Exposures of the Bate Bay area, with the Kurnell Oil Refinery & the Cape Bailey Lighthouse at the top of the image. For some time now, I had wanted to do long exposures of this scene, including the dramatic rocks around Oak Park in the image. Light-Painting, for me, is a way of achieving a result that otherwise wouldn't be possible. I see my Light-Painting being in a `Less-is-More' style, which probably describes my Photography at large.The Exposure shown below was the 3rd taken. A 30 sec Exposure @ F/8, with the Nikkor 24mm F/1.4 Prime Lens. A new Moon, sitting just off the Cape Bailey headland, lots of Stars & lots of Aircraft trails. I'm hopeful of offering this image for purchase, so I've got some cleaning-up to do ... 

The Dawn was approaching, with a clear sky. The Surfers were keen, after a couple of very windy days. Gee, this place is pretty ! A 3-stop Grad Filter helps keep the foreground in the image.

The image below shows both of Bate Bay's headlands, with Jibbon Head at right. The Sun is close, now ...

The early rays get into the breaking waves beautifully. Shooting with the Sun in the image is a delicate balance of protecting Highlights & keeping the rest of the image light enough to appreciate. 

A perfect morning. Tomorrow ? Heaven only knows !. I'm hopeful of more Light-Painting - Oak Park has lots of Rocks...