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Field Trip – Early Mornings in Aireys Inlet

Watching the Tide

On Saturday morning, I had got some sunrise shots, not fabulous ones, but still something.  The others had wanted to sleep in, so they missed it.  We were hoping that if we went out at the same time we would get another sunrise.  Well, it didn’t happen.

We set out for a place that was down the beach from the Lighthouse, with the idea being that the sun would rise behind it and we would get some beautiful photos.

That was about all we got.  We waited and waited, but the clouds were too thick and you really couldn’t see anything.  The sky did light up with some pink, but it was very disappointing.  It was a lovely clear morning, and if we had got a sunrise, it would have been spectacular.  Oh well, we don’t get everything, another time, the lighthouse isn’t going anywhere.

This was taken from a cliff up near the lighthouse.  You could see all the way to Anglesea, which the furtherest point around.  I did this image in colour first, but the cliff face on the left was too distracting and the image seemed to work better in black and white.  I must confess, that this image was actually taken the day before.  I didn’t realise it had been mixed up with this lot until I was loading here.  Sorry.

We went further around and found a spot where we could get down to the beach.  We were also aware that the tide was coming in and made sure to keep a close eye on it.  This surfer came down and went into the water.  I couldn’t believe it myself, it was way too cold.

We came down here hoping we might get a good view of the lighthouse from this side.  When we first got down, the cliffs were too high and obscured the lighthouse too much. However, I noticed if we walked further away you could see it better.

Really, the only thing that messes up this image are the houses in front of the lighthouse.  Of course it would have been nice if the sun had come out as well, just a little.  The honeycomb cliffs are just beautiful.  I love the colour of them.

I put my tripod down as low as it would go again.  I watched as the waves came in and took a series of images.  I like how the water in this image shows some direction.  I liked it in colour as well, but thought I might try it in black and white as well.

This was the second last image I got here.  My tripod was low and Sandra and I were standing there, thinking we had had enough, but wanted one more big wave, well we got it, it came up much higher than anything else had.  We both picked up our tripods and I screamed like a girl.  I got myself out of the way, but my shoes got wet.  Very glad I had boots on and my feet didn’t get wet.  It was very funny.  We giggled about it for a long time while we were having breakfast.

I have edited a lot more photos than I’m going to show here, and just wanted to let you know that I will be putting the photos up on my website for you to look at, hopefully I can start tomorrow.  If you are interested in seeing them then go to www.leannecole.com.au.  There will be a gallery full of them.

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. ☆ MagicAperture #

    I like number 4 a lot, gorgeous colours against the grey sky – lovely contrast.

    May 9, 2012
    • The colour of the cliffs really make the image. Thanks

      May 10, 2012
  2. I still like the lighthouse despite the houses!

    May 9, 2012
  3. Love them all!
    When taking photos on a beach, one must always be prepared to get wet… ;)

    May 9, 2012
    • Can you hear me laughing. It is the first time I have been caught like that. It was great fun. As long as the cameras were dry, it didn’t matter.

      May 10, 2012
  4. Even though you did not get the pictures you wanted for the lighthouse, I still think the one you got is effective. My favourite of this series would be the one of the lighthouse guarding the ocean. Stunning photos as usual.

    May 9, 2012
    • You seemed to have picked a favourite among a few. It is great shot and not one I’ve got before. I hadn’t been to that spot before. Thanks Colline.

      May 10, 2012
  5. You screamed like a girl…but you are a girl, aren’t you…Leanne? :)

    Beautiful photos again…and something that I’m finding by reading your narrations about your photo shoots and other bloggers, too, is that the sun and weather aren’t always going to work for you…but there always seems to be a shot anyway…maybe not “the one” you had planned, but you always seem to come back with something good. :)

    May 10, 2012
    • I am, but perhaps I should have said screamed like a teenage girl. I really surprised myself.

      Thanks Scott, I suppose that is the challenge of being a photographer, you can’t control the weather, so you have to make the most of what is thrown at you. I do get disappointed, but I always feel that there will be another time and then I might get that shot. Might. :)

      May 10, 2012
      • Well….if you don’t get “that” shot, you’ll get another. :)

        May 10, 2012
  6. I love the honeycomb cliffs as well. It’s interesting to me that this was taken in Australia. It looks almost identical to landscapes I’ve seen around Nova Scotia, Canada. I guess maybe all seaside cliffs looks pretty much the same. Ha ha.

    August 15, 2012
    • It is interesting, I hadn’t thought that either, but I suppose it is true. :)

      August 16, 2012

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