* Oak Park Dawn, again, with Grads June 10 2014

 Although the Dawn light hasn't been of the quality of recent weeks, I'm loving this time of day. It's a brilliant way to start a day, especially if it was a cracker ...

I'm exploring all the rock shelf areas at Oak Park. There are options galore, with Swell, Tide, Wind & Cloud all part of the consideration each pre-Dawn. Trust me; the Torch is working overtime, these mornings, as is the new 3-stop Grad Filter. The above image, 1 of the 1st of the morning, was pre-Filter; the 2 images below are Post-Filter.


* Oak Park Dawn, with Grads. June 10 2014

Regular visitors to my Blog will know I shoot Oak Park a lot. I love the area, for sure, but Photographically, it offers so much variety of image in a condensed area. I'm lucky. A lot of shooters have to travel vast distances to get attactive images. I've got them on my doorstep. 

This Dawn shoot took place on the 4th June, 2014. with regular Kevin Weir in attendance. This shoot was special for me, because it was my 1st  shoot with my new 3-stop Graduated ND Filter. This Filter is intended to hold back the Sky in my pre-Dawn images, enabling faithful reproduction of the foreground, giving my images maximum impact. I'm very pleased with the result ... ! To demonstrate the effect; the above image is pre-Filter, the below image is post-Filter. BIG difference ...!


* Oak Park in the pre-Dawn; 29th May 2014 May 29 2014

We continue to get beautiful pre-Dawn Light in Sydney, & I keep getting up early enough to catch it, & bring it to you ...If I were fussy, I'd say some high-level cloud would have been good, but in all honesty, the memory of all the many months of ugly steel-wool Grey we had prior to now, is still fresh in my mind. This 1st image is the obligatory 30 sec Exposure at mid-Aperture (F/11) that I do at the start of every shoot. It tells me what the Light is doing. This pre-Filters exposure is helped along by the Oak Park Pool night-lights, which turned off just after this exposure. This shoot faced North, with Windy Point in the foreground, & the Kurnell Oil refinery, lit up like, well an oil refinery, in the distance.

The 2nd image is a 0.3 sec exposure. It continues my passion for images that have a framed outer image with a moving (& thus soft) inner image, as a point of interest. Cronulla, with it's semi-circular shape, is ideal for this style of image. It enables me to capture the vast spaces we have in our scenes in Australia, whilst ensuring the scene has points of interest. This image used 2 stops of ND grad Filters. The image shown below is available as a framed Print, & can be found in the 'New Images' gallery.