Last weekend I was on the NSW south coast with the Flickr Focus - (Australia - Seascape & Landscape Photography) group: Kath, Olga, Danielle, Jason R, Jason B, Tim, Kiall, Trevor, Steve and Sean. We had a great time! Well, I had a great time and the others all seemed to be pretty happy, but that might have something to do with the strange sub-continent beers in the fridge that disappeared by the end of the weekend.
We based ourselves in the Amooran Oceanside Apartments and one of the rooms is large enough to accommodate the 11 of us with our laptops, not that we spent as much time as expected inside.
The weather forecast was for big seas and lots of rain. We drove down on Friday (thanks for the lift, Kath) and filed out to Glasshouse Rocks just down the beach from the apartments for an evening shoot. It was sprinkling, so we weren't quite sure what weather to expect the following morning.
As it turned out, we dodged the rain on the Saturday morning, shooting Camel Rocks with some great sombre skies. After breakfast, we went exploring around Mystery Bay and I found a couple of great locations with Jason R and Tim. In the afternoon, the boys braved the low tide walk around to Horses Head, while the girls - well, where were the girls?
Sunday we were sure was going to be lots of rain and at sunrise, the shoot was called off because it was simply torrential. After breakfast, we went our various ways, taking advantage of the poor weather to explore the coast and mark out future shoot locations. Some of us got as far south as Bermagui before we met up again near Camel Rock for an afternoon shoot.
Despite the grim weather and the grimmer forecast, the afternoon cleared up and we had some absolutely magic light.
After shooting the waves rolling into the river mouth at Wallaga Lake, I wandered around the headland a bit further and bumped into Jason B. He had his camera set up looking over a scene that reminded me of Point Lobos in California and the photographs by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. I wandered down to see what else I could find and took a few photos. I actually packed up and left four times, only to see one more shot that I simply had to take.
The last shot was the one above and it's taken from where Jason B was standing. He made a tactical error and left before me, so sorry Jason, but everyone knows I get the best photos by looking over someone else's shoulder!
So, thanks to the Flickr group for inviting me. And if you're interested in joining the Flickr Focus - (Australia - Seascape & Landscape Photography) group, sign up to Flickr and search for the Focus group. It's that easy.
The image below is a vertical stitch of two images and to see the original file before post-production, you'll need to click through to the Better Photography website by clicking here. www.betterphotography.com