Canon EOS 60D EFS 10-22mm Cokin P121M ND Grad
ISO100 3.2s f/14 f=13mm 16/06/2012 Turimetta Beach NSW Australia

I don’t get much chance to shoot the sunrise these days so when I can, I do. As I drove to the beach, I had to decide which one, and because the sand was washed from the rocks at Turimetta in the recent storms, it seemed the perfect choice. During the week one can usually be alone at sunrise on this gem of a location, maybe one or two others with the same idea but not often, on the weekend it’s a different story. This was the first time I couldn’t find a parking spot at the south end, and it was too late to go to another beach if I wanted to catch the sunrise. Anyway, I parked at the North end and walked down to find the place swarming with photogs, they were everywhere like ants, no hope of fitting in where I was planning to shoot from, so I spent my time near the middle of the beach where the rocks aren’t nearly as photogenic, nor as dramatic. It’s always good to be on the edge of the ocean as the sun comes up, probably something I’ll never be tired of :)


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  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 2 years ago

    just breathtaking…well done for not turning around and heading home…all angles and sides should be seen, at least I think. x

  • Thanks Lisa, the good thing about it is that when you look out to sea, it really doesn’t matter who or what is behind you :) x

    – Matt Penfold

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 2 years ago

    Still got a bonza shot, Matt! Love the lines in the foreground :D

  • Thanks heaps Mel, I’m still always looking for those lines to add something to the composition :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • JanT
    JanTabout 2 years ago

    Ripper of a shot, Matt. Beautiful light and patterns the sea makes along the rocks and shore. What a great way to greet the dawn!

  • Thanks so much, Jan, it really is the best way to greet the dawn, and the changing nature of the light and the sea always seems to offer a new outlook :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Stephanie Johnson
    Stephanie Johnsonabout 2 years ago

    The lines in the water on the sand and the reflection of the sun look brilliant. Nicely done!

  • Thank you Stephanie, very much appreciated :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • GerryMac
    GerryMacabout 2 years ago

    Stunning capture Matt!

  • Thanks Gerry, it’s a lovely location for a sunrise :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyabout 2 years ago

    Great image Matt. Some very good lemonade I’d say…

  • Thank you Dick, it was certainly bubbly, and surprisingly warm compared to the weather we’ve been having lately :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • linaji
    linajiabout 2 years ago

    I think you were guided to shoot this… sometthing makes this EXQUISITE… let along I was so excited to see you pop up on my watchlist …. You are a wonderful interperter of sand, sun and water… a few rocks frame this feeling for me that ‘life is indeed magical’ MORE

  • Thank you so much Lina, your comments are lovely, and always very much appreciated :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanabout 2 years ago

    This is just awesome Matt. Such clarity and the clouds in the sky are just amazing. Really like the sin just peeping over the horizon and its reflection in the wet sand. That slither of a diagonal water streak in bottom right is just inspired.

  • Thanks a lot Stuart, it was great to be out there again trying to capture something special, I’m pleased you like it, much appreciated :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonabout 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful image Matt! Great composition. I think you were in the right place at the right time!

  • Thanks very much Lynda, lovely to see you here. Yep, it sure felt like the right place at the right time :)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 2 years ago

    I’m lovin’ the sky in this shot Matt!

  • Thank you Carol, very much appreciated :)

    – Matt Penfold

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