This is another one from the rock shelf at the northern end of Mona Vale Beach, I’m hoping to shoot there early one morning when there’s a bit of colour and the tide is low, this was a reconnaissance mission. I think it would look pretty amazing with a colourful sunrise, (the sun rises pretty close to the middle of this). There are a few rock pools on the way which would be really easy to slip into in the dark before dawn, and the sea has to be fairly calm so the waves don’t take the camera, or worse still the photographer :-(

Canon EOS450D 31/12/09 4:53PM
ISO100 1/2s f/7 f=18mm (EFs 18-55 IS)
Hoya NDX400 ND and cokinP 121S ND grad
HDR processed from single JPG file


  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittalmost 5 years ago

    Ok, my jaw dropped…THis is amazing…Happy New Year, Matt!

  • Hey Ginger, thanks so much. Good to see you back.
    Happy new year :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyalmost 5 years ago

    Omg Matt this is amazing………what a beautiful image, the tones, the rock textures and the sky are superb………and it must be awesome with the sunsetting between the rocks too!!
    Happy New Year Matt!

  • Thanks Trace, I think it looks more impressive in a photo than in real life, and I’ll tell you something, just between you and me, if the sun ever sets between those rocks I’ll stop arguing with Philosophy Lee… It reminds me of the line in this song at one minute fifty seconds ;-)

    I hope you have a really Happy New Year too x

    – Matt Penfold

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 5 years ago

    Looks like a maelstrom! Amazing textures in both water and rocks!

  • Glad you like it Mel, I’m still looking but we need a few options :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Rhonda F.  Taylor
    Rhonda F. Tayloralmost 5 years ago

    what a beautiful spot Matt..I love this one let alone the picture you painted in my mind with the rising sun behind it…sounds awesome. I love the atmosphere of the greys and the capture of movements is fantastic..,gorgeous shot!!
    : )

  • Thanks Rhonda, It is a lovely spot, I really need to explore the whole rock shelf systematically at different tides because the whole appearance changes so much depending on the tide and the sea state :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • simoneb
    simonebalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work Matt, really love the movement in the foreground nice work!

  • Thanks Simone, very much appreciated :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Soaps
    Soapsalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely, lovely, lovely,

  • Thanks Sophie, see Karen’s (Arcadia’s) comment below, she reckons it has your sud saver on… :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesalmost 5 years ago

    Happy New Years!

  • Thanks Wanda, Happy New Year to you too :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • lianne
    liannealmost 5 years ago

    Oh Matt – this is so gorgeous, it’s just completely breathtaking. What a fabulous perspective and such perfect settings for light and water flow. I don’t know all those technical ins and outs but I know what beautiful is and this is it!

  • Thank you so much Lianne, very much appreciated.
    I hope you’re having a good start to the new year :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 5 years ago

    Looks like it is on a heavy duty cycle with soaps sud saver on…… those fish must be really dirty me thinks ;O)
    Your do sea swell real well me thinks x

  • I reckon they would be the cleanest fish in town, thanks Karen, you say the nicest things :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookiealmost 5 years ago

    my sentiments match gingers!! jaw dropping and beautiful! well done matt. Happy New year!!

  • Thanks so much Kelly, Happy New Year to you too :-)

    – Matt Penfold

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait