Canon EOS450D EFs 10-22mm
ISO100 25s f/10 f=10mm
Cokin P121M ND Grad

I got out of bed before sparrows fart today hoping there would be a bit of colour in the sunrise at Turrimetta Beach, but alas there was none :-( I took some bleak looking shots and I quite like this one of the old man in the rock, I’ve photographed him before but I was never happy with the result


canon, matt penfold, mono, ndgrad, northern beaches, ocean, old man, rock, sydney, turrimetta


  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 4 years ago

    He looks like he knows what is going on…..the sky reaches down to touch the sea…

    Stunning, Matt x

  • Thanks Lisa, I don’t know how long he’s been there but he’s just part of the rock now :-) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryorover 4 years ago

    ahh the joy of sparrow’s farting……:) great shot Matt… it looks kind of prehistoric….. and I love it in black and white……

  • Thanks Juilee, it does look prehistoric, The black and white covers a multitude of sins, (with such a long exposure the Cokin ND Grad gives the top of the image a purplish tint :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 4 years ago

    Love him! What a wizend old bloke… Great b&w result, Matt =D

  • Thanks Mieke, he sure has a lot of character :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Del Millar
    Del Millarover 4 years ago

    old man rocks Matt

  • LOL, very appropriate Del, thank you indeed :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    Love the framing here matt, and the colour doesn’t matter when you’ve captured such amazing textures! Love the slow water against those rocks!

  • Thanks Mate, this was another recon mission. This might be a good beach to go to in the daytime with the “black glass”, the tide was fairly high and I was knee deep in the water :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • sandra .
    sandra .over 4 years ago

    MAAAAATT, I can see one of the wise monkeys (the see no evil one)…there, on the rock in the foreground, he has his arms over his eyes…FAR OUT:)))
    S&ra speaks no evil :-)

  • Now that you mention it I can see him too S&ra, freaky… (but do you hear any evil? What’s the gos? )
    Thanks cobber :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanover 4 years ago

    oh look at him yes !! in the very nearest rock yes .. he looks like an aboriginal elder to me .. with long hair and draping facial hair. how wonderful !!

  • Thanks heaps Nic :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 4 years ago

    Far out, you nailed the old man, Matt! And you got the high tide around those rocks. Love this shot!!

  • Thanks indeed Peter, much appreciated, I see this is a beach you’ve taken some great shots at :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago

    what an amazing face! well titled!

  • Thanks so much VampVamp :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • daniwillis
    daniwillisover 4 years ago

    WOW. This is amazing, love the old guy, love the blending of the sky and ocean. Great image.

  • Thank you Dani, much appreciated :-)

    – Matt Penfold

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