Marooned by Ann  Van Breemen

A Nautilus Shell on a Surfers Paradise sand dune at sunrise. I’m fortunate to live just a few minutes away from this beach which is a huge tourist destination on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. I didn’t find this shell here. I actually bought it in a souvenir shop, but it makes a wonderful prop for my beach photos.

Canon EOS 400D. Canon EF 17-40mmL lens

This image was featured on the RB homepage in 2010.

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coast, dune, sand, sea, seascapes, shell, sun, sunrise

I am an avid photographer of 60+ and will shoot just about anything, although I’m not so good at moving objects. Anything faster than a snail leaves me for dead. (haha) I do prefer natural landscapes over urban ones but, really, nothing is safe from my lens. I also enjoy turning my failed images, and there are lots, into digital art.

In 2014 I started dabbling in Fractal Art using Apophysis 7x to satisfy my creative urges on the days when I can’t take photos.

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  • Jesscrew
    Jesscrewalmost 6 years ago


  • lizalady
    lizaladyalmost 6 years ago

    Just speechless. Oh My My.

  • Barb White
    Barb Whitealmost 6 years ago

    oh my gosh, this is just stunning – wow

  • Louise Cooke
    Louise Cookealmost 6 years ago

    This is gorgeous! I’m loving this prop of yours! Beautiful serene feel to this, quiet and warm. Hard to believe the busy vibe of Surfers is close by :))

  • Thanks Lou. It’s my favourite too. I nearly cried when I broke a bit of it, but hubby saved the day with superglue.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • justlinda
    justlindaalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful, the shell (prop) is the icing on the cake ………

  • betty porteus
    betty porteusalmost 6 years ago

    the colour of the sunrise echos the orange nautilis markings – great image

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 6 years ago

    super super pic oh the sunrise over the ocean …..

  • Rhys Herbert
    Rhys Herbertover 5 years ago

    Wow! Great composition and colour – love it!

  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemenover 5 years ago

    Wow, thanks for the feature, Derek.:)

  • AdamMaund
    AdamMaundover 5 years ago

    Love the rule-of-thirds and the absolute simplicity. Beautiful!

  • Thank you Adam. I’ve tried it again since with more clouds in the sky for a more dramatic sunrise but it just doesn’t work as well. In this case I think “Less was definitely more”.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

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