Where sleeping giants lie... by Keiran Lusk

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I was down at Main Beach last night (passing some time before my choir rehearsal) and captured this eerie image from what is left of the beach. The wild weather last week has completely decimated the sand dunes and beaches along the entire Northern NSW and Southeast QLD coastline.

Heavy machinery is being used to shore up the dangerous scarp lines along the dunes and to provide access to the beaches again.

Location: Main Beach, Gold Coast, QLD.
Date: 26th May 2009

[Creative Effects: Colour removal, Contrast and Shadow adjustments with Photoshop CS3]

Image details:

Camera: Canon EOS400D (Lens: EF-S18-55mm)
Shutter Speed: 0.6 secs
Aperture Value: f 5.0
ISO Speed: 800


  • Amanda Gazidis
    Amanda Gazidisalmost 6 years ago

    Very striking image,quite ominous, works very well in B n W..lol A

  • Thank-you Amanda. It was a rather ominous sight and quite surreal. Cheers :-)

    – Keiran Lusk

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrarialmost 6 years ago

    Great capture Keiran. Did you use a tripod here? The devastation to the coast line is quite incredible, even more incredible to think that they can fix it (and as quickly as they say!)… If I lived at Palm Beach, I might be a little concerned at the moment! one, two step, swim (if at high tide!) :))

  • Thank-you Vicki. Yes, in fact, I used my late father’s beautiful old tripod (must be at least 30 years old!) on this night and a much more recently purchased wired remote. Yeah, some houses at Palm Beach have apparently lost up to 15 metres of their properties!

    – Keiran Lusk

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdalmost 6 years ago

    What an interesting image, well done mate

  • Thanks Davo, I really appreciate your feedback. It was an interesting sight :-)

    – Keiran Lusk

  • Rachel Davison
    Rachel Davisonalmost 6 years ago

    Great picture Kieran!!

  • Thanks Rachel, for your terrific encouragement and feedback :-)

    – Keiran Lusk

  • Andrew Woodman
    Andrew Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous….perfect as a B/W.

  • Thanks so much Woody, I am pleased that you like this one :-)

    – Keiran Lusk

  • blueeyesjus
    blueeyesjusalmost 6 years ago

    For some reason I’m seeing “Terminator: Rise of the Machines”. This is a really great shot, the silouhette just works so well against the backdrop of the buildings….scary but good scary

  • Hehe, yeah… I can also see that! Thanks Jus, as always, for your fantastic support and encouragement. I really do appreciate it :-)

    – Keiran Lusk

  • Beth A
    Beth Aalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank Betha :-)

    – Keiran Lusk

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 6 years ago

    wow Keiran ,,this is fantastic ! the lighting is amazing .. sort of looks like a UFO landing there lol

  • Thank-you most kindly Lucinda. It does sort of look like a UFO landing! Hehe. I appreciate your wonderful feedback :-)

    – Keiran Lusk

  • lauraphoto
    lauraphotoalmost 6 years ago

    Very interesting. I like this image a lot, the light shining through is an AWEsome touch…………..!

  • Thank-you so very much Laura, for your fantastic feedback :-)

    – Keiran Lusk

  • D Byrne
    D Byrnealmost 6 years ago

    Great black and white. Some kids take a bucket and a spade to the beach while others get to play with big toys.

  • Thanks mate! I really appreciate your words. Yeah, the big toys look like heaps more fun than a bucket and spade!

    – Keiran Lusk

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