Anzac Day Dawn at Catherine Hill Bay

On Anzac Day 2011, I woke up at 4am and drove up to Catherine Hill Bay to photograph the dawn, hoping to get a beautiful sunrise with the big mining jetty.

Unfortunately the weather didn’t co-operate to get a sunrise, but the cloudy and rainy conditions gave an opportunity for some different types of photos around the wharf area.

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Anzac Day Dawn at Catherine Hill Bay

Anzac Day Dawn at Catherine Hill Bay

There was another photographer there – he was much better prepared, with a stool to sit on, an umbrella, and a plastic cover for his camera. Me, I had none of the above 🙂

Seaside Rocks

Seaside Rocks

The wharf itself isn’t open to public access, but you can get underneath it and photograph it from both sides. It’s a lovely old structure.

Catherine Hill Bay Wharf

Catherine Hill Bay Wharf

Catherine Hill Bay Wharf

Catherine Hill Bay Wharf

Catherine Hill Bay Wharf

Catherine Hill Bay Wharf

This next shot was overexposed, but I liked the ‘high-key’ look it gave and decided to go with it. Not sure what you think?

High Key Wharf

High Key Wharf

There’s some lovely big old chains sticking out of the sand at a few spots around the wharf. They make for an excellent subject.

Old Chain

Old Chain

Old Chain

Old Chain

Lastly, the big log retaining walls have some nice structure and colour in the right light. The contrasting plant and flowers gave it something more.

Retaining Wall Logs

Retaining Wall Logs

At first I was disappointed not to have seen the Sun, after getting up at 4am for a sunrise shoot. But after spending a bit more time with the photos I took, I’m happy with the mornings effort.

The clouds and rain persisted for the rest of the day, including during the Anzac Day March and Service in Gosford. Still, a memorable start and a memorable day.

It’s a lovely location if you can get the chance to visit. Have you been there?

Thanks for looking.

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