Breakfast Creek Wharf late sunset Brisbane Australia by PhotoJoJo

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After capturing the most glorious sunset I’ve ever photographed on the lower level of the Breakfast Creek Wharf in Newstead Brisbane, I quickly went up to the top level to find a different vantage point.

I wanted to capture the changing light as the sunset changed from bright oranges and golds to deep pinks, golds and blues.

I wasn’t disappointed.

In order to portray the true depth of vivid colour and light my own eyes saw I post processed using HDR toning in Photoshop CS5.

For those interested in some info about this location and its history read on:

Located across the river from two of Brisbane’s most famous landmarks, Newstead House and The Breakfast Creek Hotel, is the Breakfast Creek Wharf. Once a thriving entertainment venue the Breakfast Creek Wharf fell into disrepair iover recent years after falling on hard times.

The site was famous historically for a landing by explorer John Oxley, who dissatisfied with Redcliffe as a settlement location, had chosen to travel further along the river. His party stopped at this location to have breakfast, and met up with a local indigenous tribe. He named the location Breakfast Creek in honour of the occasion, and it was because of this journey that Brisbane was built in its current location.

The Breakfast Creek Wharf was built on this site as part of World Expo 88. It became a popular place to be seen, to eat and shop for some years after.

Gondola rides were a regular attraction along the creek, the gondolas still moored at the wharf today.

A beautifully intricate water clock, world renowned for its design, was once a central feature of the wharf.

In 2011 the site was bought from receivers and although the new developers remain silent as to its future, works are already underway for its redevelopment. It is hoped by many locals that this iconic structure will be restored to its former glory.

I was rewarded with a breathtaking sunset tonight when I ventured to the wharf to explore.

Pentax K7
Sigma 10-20mm

ACR from single Raw File
Photoshop CS5 HDR toning and unsharp mask.


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Joanne is a Melbourne photographer who undertook a Bachelor of Photography at Queensland College of Art, majoring in Photographic Art Practice. Her favourite subjects include landscapes, seascapes, national parks and gardens, and urban cityscapes.

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  • Tracie Louise
    Tracie Louisealmost 2 years ago

    Very nicely done Jo… lovely colours.

  • thanks Tracie, I know it wasn’t as stunning colours as at the height of the sunset but it appealed to me as the colours had changed so much.

    – PhotoJoJo

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful work !!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Harbour Life FEATURES August 29th, 2012

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparalmost 2 years ago

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  • vaggypar
    vaggyparalmost 2 years ago

    Great Work .!!

  • Thankyou :))

    – PhotoJoJo

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