Summer Is Coming by Dean Cunningham

Long Reef just after Sunrise, Sydney, Australia.

Taken with Canon EOS550D. 18-55mm Lens. 3 Exposures, Converted with Photomatix and processed in Lightroom.


Long Reef beach and outer reefs pick up any east to southeast swell ensuring consistent and often good beach breaks, particularly down in the central No Man’s Land. When the swell is south and exceeds 1m and the wind offshore the famous Long Reef bomboras start to break. The inner First Bommie holding to 1.5m, the Second Bommie to 3m, and the Outer Bommie or German Bank, a huge righthand break, now popular with tow-in surfers. Long Reef is also popular with windsurfers and international contests are held on the bomboras.

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Outstanding capture Dean.

  • thankyou very much julie !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 2 years ago

    Stunning shot Dean.

  • thanks heaps mark !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 2 years ago

    Another favourite for me, Dean – I never tire of looking at your great Northern Beaches shots!

  • thanks heaps george – i dont often do HDR but this one came out nice !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    It’s really lovely Dean.

  • thankyou very much maree !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 2 years ago

    beautiful and so warm!

  • thanks a bunch manon !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 2 years ago

    Great capture Dean!

  • thanks a lot baz !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    Nice work Dean.

  • thanks a lot wazza !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    What a beautiful scene ..& the title- Yee Haa ! ..Well done Dean – Love it xx

  • yeah yee hah gail … bring on summer – thankyou :)

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeover 2 years ago


  • thankyou robin !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Fara
    Faraover 2 years ago

    What an utterly depressing title………………not content with the beautiful image of sand and sea you have to rub sea salt into the wound by adding sunshine…………………..haha……………..I hope you have a wonderful summer my lovely Dean…………….you deserve it………………….by the way the beach looks wonderful ………………the sand is a beautiful colour…………….have a good week……………………..Joyce

  • i knew i would get some replies from the other side of the world – hahahaha – but i dont care :) – im so looking forward to swimming again joyce. thankyou joyce and i really hope u have a kind winter, im sure it wont stop you getting out and about !

    – Dean Cunningham

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