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I’d like to be able to say that when I was composing this shot I saw the plane taking off out of frame and worked out its trajectory would take it just over th e sun as it was rising, but I can’t :-(. Truth is I was so focussed on the rising sun I didn’t even notice the plane til I downloaded the shot and started working on it. So this is actually a tiny crop of the original landscape orientation I shot it in. One of those serendipitous moments you don’t even notice at the time.

Taken from Bundeena Cliffs, Royal National Park just a few moments after Streaming to the Dawn.

Another stumble upon going through the archives.

Canon 30D
Tv: 1/15sec
Av: f/11
ISO: 100


  • Michael Walters
    Michael Waltersabout 6 years ago

    I would have bought that you framed this knowing the plane was there!
    It is one bloody brilliant shot though! great work Geoff!

  • Thanks Michael – it was a bit of luck to be sure.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • solarrain
    solarrainabout 6 years ago


  • Michael  Bermingham
    Michael Bermi...about 6 years ago

    C’mon Geoff!
    You can do better than that mate! At least try to get the jet immediately above the sun wont you?
    Very, very nice.

  • hehe – I was toying with postin the next shot where the sun and plane were at extreme diagonals in the image so given your comment probably just as well I didn’t!

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Alistair Wilson
    Alistair Wilsonabout 6 years ago

    nice one geoff, good decision on the crop

  • Thanks Alistair

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • solarrain
    solarrainabout 6 years ago


  • Ta muchly.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

    Geoff, I am often amazed at what shows up in my photos, usually it is something that needs to be cropped out, but in this case it is really cool that the plane just happened to be in the frame. But the focus here is the sunrise and you captured it in all its glory. – Cora

  • Thanks for the feedback Cora – yeah it is interesting what sneaks into shots that you miss a the time.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Adriana Glackin
    Adriana Glackinabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful rich colours – well done! : )

  • Thanks Adriana

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Geraldine Lefoe
    Geraldine Lefoeabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot Geoff – I’ve had a number of sunrises at Bundeena and never quite worked out a good spot for sunrise byt you clearly have! They are both gorgeous

  • Thanks Geraldine – I think the tricky thing with sunrises is that the dawn itself is often so interesting that you end up just focussing on that and then it could have been taken anywhere.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...about 6 years ago

    Brilliant shot Geoff, the aircraft adds another dimension, love the colour :))

  • Thanks Varinia – glad you like it.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomabout 6 years ago


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