Hi everyone! After two and half hours fitful sleep my alarm heralded the dawning of the new day at 4.55am. I was very excited to head back down to Bronte this year because the weather and tide reports all suggested a glorious sunrise to welcome in 2013. Unfortunately, whilst it was a pleasant 21C (70F) at 5am, the skies were heavy with clouds and my much hoped for colourful sunrise was just not to be. I lingered for a good 2 hours (long enough for the Jenny’s Cafe to open at 6.45am for my morning coffee) but the sun just couldn’t quite make an appearance. I took the opportunity instead to use my 9 stop ND filter again and get some creamy smooth shots of the rockpool and swimming pool. I’ve also had a bit of a play again with doing some B&W conversions – I hope you like some of them. New years is synonymous with summer in Australia and I can’t imagine this time of year in cooler climates. I can’t tell you how terrific it is to spend new years day at the beach. Good times. Happy New Year everyone, wherever you are!
Canon 7D | EFS 10-22 & EF 24-105L | ISO 100 | Exposures: variable. 1-2 minutes on seascapes | Post: Lightroom 4
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Above: Some morning exercises to welcome in the new year. (Cross processed B&W)
Balmoral Beach at 9am
After I finished at Bronte, I headed home to pick up the rest of the family so we could meet with our friends for a swim at Balmoral. It was gorgeous down there. The sun had finally burned through the early morning cloud cover and it was heading towards 30C (86F). I made the following shots of the kids into triptych’s and diptych’s as I thought they’d make more sense in a series.