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Peace by Matt Penfold


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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I uploaded this back in January but kept it hidden, I have a compulsion to post something today to show that I’m still here and I’m still an active member of RB :)

Friday morning I went to Avalon pool but the council workers were there with their fences and lights and were doing some maintenance so I drove to Bilgola and walked around on the rock shelf. This looks calm but the sea had a bit of energy that morning and I came close to getting knocked over by a wave. I think It’s a location worth revisiting. I love being at places like this at dawn, it’s the best part of the day for me.

21/01/11 4:54 AM EST (5:54 DST)

Bilgola Rock Shelf NSW

Canon 550D (kissX4) Canon Efs 10-22 mm
ISO100 4s f/13 f=22mm

Cokin P121M ND grad


  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 3 years ago

    Such a restful photo, Matt. I will go to work with this in my mind… :) :) :)

  • Thanks Mieke, I’ve actually found myself reminiscing about that morning since I looked at this again and the speed that peace changed to turmoil seemed poignant…

    This was only a short time later and it nearly knocked me off my feet :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanabout 3 years ago

    And I shall show that I am also part of said community by posting a comment on it Matt :)

    Love the simplicity and the reflections, and you really can’t beat that feeling around dawn down by the waters edge

  • Thank you so much Stuart, I know we both enjoy that time of day on the coast half a world apart… I’m so pleased that you’re still part of this community :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 3 years ago

    Breathtaking, I adore the colours and the reflection is of course sublime. It is so good to see you upload a new albeit old image hehe…x

  • Thanks Lisa, I too find the colours really attractive, I was hoping for a fiery sunrise, but as long as the sun keeps coming up there’s no point complaining ;), and the subtlety of the tones certainly adds a peace to the atmosphere :) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyabout 3 years ago

    Such gorgeous tones Matt….and yes it does look beautifully peaceful! The reflections are pure magic, and I can’t wait to see the sunrise at Pt Campbell too!! :))

  • Thanks Trace, I’m missing my dawn shoots and I’m so looking forward to doing a couple of dawn shoots with you at Pt Campbell :) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • JanT
    JanTabout 3 years ago

    Such beautiful serenity, Matt! I’m so glad you’re still here! (A fav, of course;)

  • Thanks Jan, and I’m pleased that you’re here too, what a wonderful community this is :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • JanT
    JanTabout 3 years ago

    Watch out for large vicorous waves, wouldya?

  • I’ll try ;)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Kable
    Kableabout 3 years ago

    Appropriate title for this piece, wonderful work, so glad you have brought it out of hiding, this is just superb!!!

  • Thanks so much Kable, I was in the mood for a bit of peace and serenity… come to think of it I’m often in that sort of mood :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • sandra22
    sandra22about 3 years ago

    A perfect reflection of peace, Matt…the mauve hues are so calming…and the horizon straight and true…lovely mate ;-)
    S&ra x

  • Hi S&ra, thanks mate, the Cokin filter adds a touch of magenta which enhances that mauve hue… seems to suit this sort of image :) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestabout 3 years ago

    Hmmm it sure does look peaceful.
    Peaceful and serene and I hope it is contagious ;O)) xxx

  • So do I ;)

    Thanks Karen :) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 3 years ago

    So good to see another upload from you Matt! The beach is one of my fav places to be, and this shot shows how beautiful and serene it can be, at times :)

  • I’m terribly slow at posting work lately Mel, but I still really enjoy looking at the works of others. Yes it’s hard to beat the beach at dawn, and it tops it off when that’s followed by breakfast with a friend in a little cafe :)

    – Matt Penfold

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