Morning photography at Bondi Beach

I did not spend time for photography recently (as I mentioned in my earlier post) and it made me a bit stressed.  The best way to release the stress is to take my camera and get out out of house.  So I did it this week that lazy me got up very early in the morning to catch sunrise.

I chose Bondi Beach for photo spot, because (luckily) I had an appointment first in the morning at Bondi Junction, so why not to start my day earlier to capture morning shots before I showed up for the appointment.  Sunrise in winter time is rather late (and that is one reason I like winter season) so it is not hard to get to the photography point, as long as I enough arm myself for wind protection.

When I arrived, the sky was quite clear but clouds laying in lower sky like sash belt, which I did not expect and a bit worried if all the morning climax was happened behind the cloud.  Soon I realized that it was my over concern, that the clouds started making  morning sunlight more dramatic yet turning the world in lovely pastel tone in the background.

I am in the middle of selecting photos of which I will keep out of 80 shots I took in the morning.  Once I tidy them up (and I was lucky to find my favorites in them), I am back here and share about them with you.

Here are first two.  It was chilly but nice morning.  🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge (Final): All-Time Favorites

It is very disappointing that there is no more Weekly Photo Challenge open because it has been a great opportunity and community for me to keep up my motivation and see great posts contributed by other participants.

Here are my last submission.  These represent my all-time favorites .

I live in Sydney and I do love the view of Sydney particularly at sunrise and sunset.  Well, every cities must be beautiful in these hours, but to me, Sydney is one of most picturesque cities in the world.

I appreciate my lucky to live in here also because it is close to nature.  They have beaches and many bushes and mountains to walk and hike.  There are many Australian unique wild creatures and vegetation seen in there.

And on top, my lovely two fellas; Bleu and Shiraz.  The pair have been great companions / family who ‘talk’ a lot, sleep a lot, and bring me and mate laugh a lot.

Thank you very much for Daily Post community for all your time and works giving us these great motivation every day and week.  I hope one day this will open again to get this community back.

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Muttering at departure gate

It’s 8:25pm and final call for boarding will be called soon.

It’s already long day today and I am going to take a 9 hours night flight for to be landed at my destination.

See you Sydney in two weeks. I will miss you 🙂

Hello Japan, stay still and here I come.

I will stop mumbling as moving toward the gate for boarding, with the beautiful morning shot at Manly beach, NSW.

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Path

This photograph was taken almost a year ago at Freshwater beach, NSW, along to other shots I had taken together with this one.

I caught the path in this photo which led toward a park and cafes, while, I caught it looking toward the beach in the other one.

I had kept this photo just in my drawer because I was not sure if I liked this photo for the composition I did, which, the path was not set in the center of the frame.  I remember why I took from this angle because I did not like what I saw on the left in the scene and I wanted to keep it out of the image, and I liked the bright clouds on the top right leading down to the center of the image.

And on top of it, this photo recalled me the lovely morning that I had on that day, which was worth enough to do, loading camera stuff and surf board on a car to drive up to the beach and caught the things with them.  It was just before the beach was being packed with people so it was the best time to play at.  IMG_8113

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A morning on the beach

Another photo taken at Manly beach.

I like the way how a surfer came into the frame.  The guy nicely made himself in a silhouette due to the water with sunlight.

This is my submission to this week’s Monochrome Madness by Leanne Cole.

Monochrome Madness is the community she hosts for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos.  Here gives me a great opportunity and challenges about monochrome images.  As it is open community, everyone can participate.

A morning at the beach

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End of blue hour

This photograph was one of the earliest shots I released at sunrise photography on Sunday, while the previous photo was taken end of photography time.

I saw twilight along horizon and I was thrilled.  Dawn till sunrise is always special for me as it ensures me feel new energy of ‘beginning’, which makes me easy to release anything annoying / negativity that occupies me in the mind and reminds me a new start.

Well, generally I wake up fairly early in the morning and spend a few minutes viewing the sky at balcony (and greet).  Being so, seeing the moment of the sun popping up from horizon is somewhat different.

Anyway, here is one for today and I hope this photo is ok to tell about what the serene Sunday morning I felt was like.

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A lone yacht in the morning sunshine

I went to Manly beach again on Sunday morning to capture sunrise.  It was overcast at start, but luckily I ended up seeing the sun emerged.

The below photo was taken while I was waiting for a coffee shop to open for having my first cup to go with on my way back.

The clouds left the shapes unchanged and let morning light shed on the ocean, while the sole sailboat which I first noticed on the left slowly moved in to the center.

It was really nice coincidence to run into such a picturesque scene.

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Picture frame

I like photographing reflection.  Reflection seen in nature is of course fabulous as always  but reflection seen in urban area / city are great too.

Here are one of recent reflections I caught by the beach.  Morning light made the beach spot nicely reflected on the window(s) of a local restaurant.

Due to the design of the windows and outlook of the restaurant building, which simple square windows just aligned in a row, it reminded me of something like, as if I see images in picture frame, or, images in film neg.  I thought it interesting in either way.

Not sure how you interpret them below, but it will be great you enjoy in any way.

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Dramatic clouds

Today is the last day of Daylight Saving Time in Sydney and I kicked my bum to start my day a bit earlier to photograph sunrise at a beach, because this is last chance for taking advantage of sunrise seen in ‘late’ time (now it’s at past 7am, but from tomorrow it should be at past 6 am).

So I went to Manly beach for it but unfortunately I could not see the moment where the sun popping up from the ocean as it was a little cloudy.  In stead, however, the sun showed me its face between layers of clouds lied over horizon, which produced beautiful ray of lights followed by.

This is why I can not stop photography.  There is always something to happen out there.  In the very beginning at the beach, I certainly did not see sunrise as I had wished, but it ended up because I saw another form of beautiful morning sky like below.

Well, usually I do not submit my participation twice for one subject of the challenge, but I will exceptionally allow myself to break my rule and make them my second entry for this week Weekly Photo Challenge:  Rise/Set (first entry is here).

I think these photos deserve it, and I hope you will enjoy them too..

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