Sunrise Photos from Avoca Beach

It was early January 2009 and I’d just come home from a family holiday at Birubi Beach and found a package waiting for me – a christmas/birthday present I’d bought myself, a new (second hand) Canon 20D!

So the next morning I woke early and headed out to Avoca to capture some sunrise photos as a first light with my new toy. Getting used to the menu, functions and dials on the 20D wasn’t too difficult as they’re not too dissimilar to the Canon 350D I’d been using for about 2 years.

It was a lovely summer morning and I started on the beach at Avoca near the inlet, but wasn’t inspired by the view so I headed around to the rocks at the South end of the beach and found much more inspiration, including this first shot of the series.

The Rocky Sea at Avoca

The Rocky Sea at Avoca

The image above was taken with my Canon 20D and Sigma 17-70mm lens at 25mm, f/6.3, 1.3s at ISO200.

Please read on to see the rest of the images from the Avoca Beach Sunrise session.

I continued moving around the rocks some more and found a nice rock pool which was reflecting the beautiful pink clouds. 17mm, f/6.3, 1/15s, 1/60s, 1/4s at ISO200 (3 exposure HDR).

 

Sunrise at Avoca Beach

Sunrise at Avoca Beach

As the sun began to rise, some local fisherman were setting up for their morning catch. Both of the images below taken with the stock 75-300mm lens. 

 

Catch the Morning Light

Catch the Morning Light

The image above was captured at 210mm, f/6.3, 1/160s (1/640s, 1/40s) at ISO200 (3 exposure HDR). The image below was captured at 135mm, f/6.3, 1/400s (1/1600s, 1/100s) at ISO200 (3 exposure HDR).

 

Catch the Morning Light 2

Catch the Morning Light 2

The light was changing rapidly and didn’t provide any more inspiration around on the rocks, so I headed back to car. Along the way, I saw a guy doing some “paddle boarding”. He didn’t make it very far.. whenever the waves got big he got rolled back towards the shore  🙂

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I started driving home and on the way found a nice park with a view over the river that heads to the beach. The water was still and calm and the lighting was perfect for some beautiful reflections.

 

Morning Reflections

Morning Reflections

 

Morning Reflections 2

Morning Reflections 2

 

Morning Reflections 3

Morning Reflections 3

The images above are all 3-exposure HDR images as well. The last image below takes us back to the top, the rocks that started it all. This final image is a 3-exposure HDR image as the waves crashed upon the rocks.

 

The Rocky Sea at Avoca in HDR

The Rocky Sea at Avoca in HDR

I’m really happy with the quality of the Canon 20D. It’s larger and heavier than the 350D and feels much more solid and comfortable in my hands. The fast burst mode is great too.

Buying second hand, I should’ve checked the sensor for dust before heading out, but I forgot to, and only when I transferred the photos onto the computer did I find how much dust was on the chip! Lucky it didn’t show up much in the shots at the faster f/ratio, but when the lens was stopped down it really showed up how nasty and widespread the dust was, as you can see from the shot below.

The processed version took a lot of work with the clone stamp tool!

Dust on the Sensor

Dust on the Sensor

Last photo for the shoot was actually one of the first I took. There was a nasty sodium flood light blasting from the car park to over the beach, casting nice long shadows.. so here’s a self-portrait 🙂

Self Portrait Shadow

Self Portrait Shadow

1200 pixel wide versions of these images can be seen in my Landscapes Gallery.

Thanks for looking. Comments, critique always welcome.

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