Commended Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association Show, May 2009

On the 6th of January 2009, the skies above the South Coast of NSW Australia were streaked with smoke. In the Moreton National Park, between the coastal town of Nowra and the highlands village of Bundanoon, a fire had been burning for several days. Being in an inaccessible area, it posed no threat to property. Wildlife, however, would be suffering the consequences of almost one thousand hectares of natural bushland destroyed.

This picture was taken on Gerroa Beach, just North of Nowra, a moment after the sun had set.

Technical stuff: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens, hand held @ 97mm. Aperture priority, 1/20 sec @ f22, ISO 200, Pattern metering, Auto Exp & WB.

An old photographer and his dog trying to find what turns a photograph into a worthwhile picture. Perhaps try to take a worthwhile photograph in the first place? The digital darkroom is a creative, fascinating place. If only I could learn to use it and the cameras I have to best effect… I love “mucking around”, as you can see!

Now, you know all my stuff is Copyright If you try and pinch any of it, I’ll jump through your screen and rip your bloody arms off!

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  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Dalealmost 6 years ago

    An absolute wall hanger George – love the way you have captured colour in the foreground along with the silhouettes and reflections of the gulls. Cleverly done.

  • G’day Rosalie!
    Thanks for your positive comments and for favouriting this picture – very much appreciated, as ever! Providence brought us to the right place at the right time to be able to capture this spectacular sunset.

    – George Petrovsky

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful work george – it portrays the peace you find at this time of day.

  • G’day Bev!
    Thanks for visiting and I’m glad you can appreciate the mood as well as the picture.

    – George Petrovsky

  • GailD
    GailDalmost 6 years ago

    Wow. This is stunning George.

  • G’day Gail!
    Thanks for visiting and for the honour of including this picture in your favourites – much appreciated, as always!

    – George Petrovsky

  • Maximus
    Maximusalmost 6 years ago

    You turned a sad tale into a glorious image :)

  • G’day Max!
    True, we have to look at both the downside and upside of our world.
    I’m very pleased you understand one and can appreciate the other.

    – George Petrovsky

  • InPort
    InPortalmost 6 years ago

    G’day George,

    Regardless of what we humans consider to be a horrific distaster, bushfires are mostly a natural phenomenon that this dry, brown land has experienced for millenia to no detrimental effect. In Australia and many other countries fire is all part of the cycle of life and is absolutely necessary for the preparation of the earth for furture generations of plant and animal life and for the successful germination of many plants.

    Not only that but they also make for gorgeous sunsets and you have certainly made one here mate!
    You have a truly great composition with the leading line of the incoming wavelet, the positioning of the solo seagull and the placement of the horizon.
    The exposure is perfect, the silhouette quite adequately sharp and the colours and tones absolutely wonderful.
    This sunset has good impact, it is head and shoulders above the common herd, it holds the interest very well and is one to which I shall be returning.


  • G’day Dennis!
    Words have not failed you! Thank you sincerely for your detailed comments and critique and for adding this picture to your favourites. Now and then, I manage to put things together in a way I’m pleased with. That you are also pleased intensifies my pleasure. Like the sunset, you have given me a warm glow!


    – George Petrovsky

  • Þórdis B.
    Þórdis B.almost 6 years ago

    Magnificent shot George! The birds do of course a lot for the photo and I love the sole bird with the back to all the others. Happy new year my friend. :)

  • G’day Thordis!
    Thanks for your New Year good wishes – mine also go to you – and your encouraging comments. As ever, I continue to appreciate your visits and admire your artistry.

    – George Petrovsky

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 6 years ago

    Good Day George,
    I am not big on words like you & Dennis , all I can say this is a"Bloody good shot mate"

    Have been wondering when you wake up to the fact that it is 2009 and get yourself going.

    HNY .
  • G’day Woza!
    Good to see you active again too after your bivouac in the veldt! 2009 will be a year like no other.Thanks for the rap mate, and start planning your next visit here. We’ve got places to see!

    – George Petrovsky

  • Tatiana R
    Tatiana Ralmost 6 years ago

    Really nice shot, beautiful colours!

  • G’day Tanya!
    Thanks for visiting Gerroa Beach – I’m very pleased you like this scene.

    – George Petrovsky

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 6 years ago

    Very moody, emotional shot, gorgeous color and light! Dee

  • G’day Dee!
    I’m so pleased that you’ve travelled halfway ‘round the world just to be on Gerroa Beach at sunset! Thank you for adding this picture to your favourites and your humble servant to your watchlist. Now I’ll really have to lift my game!

    – George Petrovsky

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Although caused by fire, this is a beautifully coloured shot with most elegant shapes

  • Thank you very much for visiting Geroa Beach. You have found my favourite shot of the day, the only one I ever submitted to a competition – with no mentions. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

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