Good Morning 2014: Balmoral beach, Sydney


distan bach-Balmoral sunrise-Jan-5It had been my intention to go back down to Bronte beach for the first set of sunrise photo’s for 2014 but my plans changed slightly. After checking my weather app, I noted that we were expecting a high tide which is my least favourite time to shoot Bronte. I’ve always preferred low tide there simply because you can compose and capture the tidal pool rocks which provides that foreground interest so often necessary for landscape images.

Instead, I chose to head off to Balmoral which is a harbour beach in Sydney’s lower north shore. It was a little overcast at 5.45am but the sun burned away these clouds about an hour after sunrise. Most of the shots in this series were taken between 6am and 7am as you can see by the largely featureless skies. Regardless, its still a gorgeous time of day and I have to say the water was beautifully refreshing. I couldn’t resist taking a dip after my photo’s.

Happy new year to you all. I hope its a prosperous 2014.

Canon 7D | EF 24-105L | Tripod | ND +9 stop filter | Post: Lightroom 5 (+Photomatix for HDR shot above)

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  1. Anne-Maree Prentice says:

    Excellent ~ many cheerful childhood memories of ‘Immoral’ Beach, Alas, no pics though but one fave B&W of the Three ( Prentice ) Sisters @ Manly 1961 ~ my first year at school !

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      ‘Immoral’ beach – thats funny. What did you girls all get up to? I imagine your activities may have been frowned upon by the fairly bourgeois, well-heeled demographic that call Balmoral and Mosman home.

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      1. Anne-Maree Prentice says:

        “The past is another country, they do things differently there.” LP Hartley ~ ‘The Go Between’, I think. Childhood in the 60s was an entirely different kettle of fish, ( just to add a few more mixed metaphors ), for the inner-west kiddies & parents wanting a seaside day out there were 2 options ~ southern or northern. The north side was considered more family oriented & near the zoo, on the way to Manly or even further to the back of Pittwater ( my parents had rented a holiday house for 1 or 2 summers @ a little place called Paradise Beach ). Manly was always crowded, but the other places were quieter & easy parking. Surf culture was just stating to make waves ! I guess they had no bond with Bondi & the rest, or they did, but wanted a different Saturday/Sunday drive experience. It was all so easy then, just a quick trip over the bridges ( the old Gladesville or even Harbour ) and ta da ! Balmoral, for early swims & picnic lunch, then to the zoo for the afternoon activity ~ these days, it would be far too hectic for both these excursions in the same day, or not? The thing is, there were fewer cars on the roads, no seat belts, a little traffic but no jams, no road rage, am radio & no air con or daylight saving. The Balmoral Theatre thingy was an ideal playground for girls to act out any dramas or tv shows or made-up showing off !
        No sense of the moneyed people either ~ in summer, they had probably F’ed off to their pads @ Palmy or Whaley or where/whatever or even gone up or down the coast to other NSW locations. A bit like the Parisians & New Yorkers fleeing the city & cooling their tasteful heels elsewhere & leaving the place to the tourists & other classes.

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  2. Balmoral beach…I see my usual spot where I used to sit and sunbathing or just drifting in my thoughts…thanks for sharing these images…

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you. Its such a picturesque spot isn’t it? A little gem really.

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  3. How beautiful is our Country .Great Pictures

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      It’s easy to take for granted the things we see around us every day sometimes, isn’t it? I really enjoy slowing down and taking some time to appreciate the beauty that we have at our doorstep.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment too; much appreciated.

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  4. drawandshoot says:

    So beautiful, Distance! Such rugged beauty in the rocky shoreline.

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  5. Anne-Maree Prentice says:

    Your photographs continue to be gems. I was at Coogee last weekend for the first time in decades and it was a blast. Many pockets of Sydney still amaze & in the streets, young people speaking French ~ something of a Mecca for travellers.

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