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Pentecost Island 2014

Pentecost Island 2014

Pentecost Island from Hamilton Island

One of the good things about winter is you don't have to get up so early for sunrise! Usually when doing our walk up to Passage Peak on the Hamilton Island 'Away - The Art of Photography' workshop, we're up around 4.30 a.m. so we have time to walk the 2.7 kilometres up to the top. We usually allow an hour as different people have different walking speeds. This year the workshop was held mid July and so the sun was rising a little later. We didn't leave until 5.15. Luxury!

The Hamilton Island workshop happens annually and is sponsored by Nikon and Hamilton Island itself. This was its 12th year and it offers amazing value for money, including four presenters (I was joined by David Oliver, Clare Oliver and Bruce Pottinger), a helicopter shoot, a boat trip out to the amazing Whitehaven Beach and the best morning and afternoon teas!

Sunrise was at 6:40 a.m. and we arrived on top of the Peak shortly after 6.00 a.m.. There was already a hint of colour in the sky and I could see a low cloud clinging to the top of Pentecost Island. Unfortunately, there was a thick bank of cloud on top of the horizon where the sun was rising, so we weren't going to get the first rays of light as hoped for. However, shortly after 7.00 a.m., the sun cleared the cloud bank and kissed the top of Pentecost Island and the cloud on top.

If you're interested in learning more about landscape photography, I'm holding an Advanced Landscape workshop in Dee Why at the end of August, or if you can't wait until then, David Oliver and I also have a Landscape Photography weekend up at his farm - including a helicopter shoot. Details can be found on the Better Photography website, click here for details.