Fiery Australia Day Sunrise at Bronte Beach

It’s Australia Day today – the day the First Fleet arrived in Sydney and the British proclaimed sovereignty over the land (and in so doing alienated the indigenous population forever). I won’t delve into the history and politics that surround  our national day of holiday – this is after all a photoblog. Instead, I’ll share with you some shots from this mornings sunrise 🙂

Sydney hasn’t really had much of a summer and today the recent gloomy weather continued. Rising early, the boy’s and I headed off to Bronte at 5.30am eager to welcome the new day. It had rained for most of the drive in but as luck would have it, it stopped just when we arrived. It really hadn’t looked very promising for the photographically inclined, so you can imagine my glee when we were treated to a brief but fiery display as the sun broke the horizon.

Most of these shot were bracketed exposures and I confess to spending a bit of time with them in post-processing. I hope you like them.

Canon 7D | Tripod | Canon EF 24-105L | ND Grad Filter where needed

Fiery sunrise at Bronte Beach

Above: Bronte rock pool.

Cliffs at Bronte beach

Above: Cliffs beside Bronte baths

Sunrise at Bronte beach

Above: Bronte rock pool

Above: My boys after our early morning swim


6 Comments Add yours

  1. xandreverkes says:

    Distan, these are awesome!!!! (Who cares how much processing went into them???) – it looks Stunning!!! ‘Cliffs beside Bronte Baths’ especially caught my eye!!! Beautiful!!! 🙂 **


    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks Xandre; it was my favourite too.


  2. Mike says:

    I agree – there’s some lovely textures and colour in those cliffs.


    1. Distan Bach says:

      Cheers Mike. Yep, I did a bit of sharpening and burning on the rocks to accentuate the cliff face. I was really happy with how it turned out.


  3. drawandshoot says:

    Just brilliant Distan. What an incredible set of images – including the beaming boys!
    The texture and quality of the cliff rock is amazing. I’ve always wanted to go rock climbing in Australia…gorgeous…


    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks Karen. I’m surprised my boys were even able to get up that early. They hadn’t exactly been going to sleep early over the summer holidays.


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