Bare Island, Sydney, Australia

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Bare Island, La Perouse.

Ever since I saw the movie Mission Impossible II (that’s the particularly crap one, IMHO), I had made a mental note of visiting Bare Island. It’s about a 40 minute, traffic riddled, cross-town drive from my place but that’s no excuse for taking so long (actually, years) to finally venture out there.

A few weeks ago, I noticed the potential for a really nice sunset –  blue skies interspersed with layered clouds of differing volumes. I thought I had an absolutely ripe photographic opportunity to finally shoot Bare Island. Well, as so often happens, the weather gods conspired against me and by the time I arrived at La Perouse (the suburb which encompasses Bare Island), I had almost totally overcast and featureless skies. Cheated again! 😦

Despite the familiar disappointment, I scampered around the coastline in the quickly fading light and grabbed a few long exposure shots. What surprised me was the amount of tourists and wedding parties (with large photographic entourages) who where  also there; particularly considering it was a Wednesday?! Long exposures were really the only option in order to minimise the amount of people in the images I took.

Oh, and a note about Bare Island – apparently the fort that was built there was designed to prevent any back-door seaborne invasions into Sydney harbour in 1885. These days it serves as a tourist attraction and historic site. The waters surrounding the island are also a favoured scuba diving site as the reef plays home to number of colourful Australian marine animals.

Anyway, as Arnie says… “I’ll be back”

Canon 5DMIII | EF 24-70 f2.8L | Tripod | ND Filter | Post: Lightroom 5

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10 Comments Add yours

    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks San Jeet, I agree. Definitely a place worth revisiting. Appreciate you taking the time to comment too.

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  1. paula graham says:

    Wonderful spot , worth driving for 40 minutes for. You certainly created the best with this super location

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Hehe, thanks Paula. Yeah, 40 minutes makes it sound like a bit of trek but it’s really not that far away. Certainly within the middle ring of Sydney. It’s just our traffic congestion and higgledy-piggledy road network makes it increasingly hard to get around. For example, I live little more than 4km from work but in the morning peak hour it can take between 30-60minutes to drive in. Atrocious.
      As far as Bare Island goes, I’ll certainly be keeping my eye out for the next great sunset…

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      1. paula graham says:

        Yea, I understand..I personally cannot stand that kind of traffic.Hmm, only we photographers should have the right to use cars..all others..go on trams, trains or cycle!!

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  2. Sam Levy says:

    These are really beautiful, Distan. I love looking at your photos!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Oh thanks heaps, Sam. I’ve had the guilts because I haven’t been posting much. Had a backlog of photos which I had been intending to post and my external hard drive crapped out. Almost lost 36K images! Luckily I was able to rescue them but I never rebuilt the database. Now so much time has passed it hardly seems appropriate. First world problems, I guess. Hope you’ve been well in your neck of the woods.


    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks very much! Appreciated.

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