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Early Morning at Point Lonsdale

Watching Over the Ship

The alarm went off at 3am this morning, I wish I could say I got up then, but I was out of the house and on the road by 4.30am.  It is now just after 7pm and it has been a very full day.  I arrived at the Point at about 6.20, I could see the sunrise as I was approaching and thought I missed it, but really, there was nothing to miss.  It was a very disappointing sunrise, you would think if I was going to all the trouble to get there that early, that a beautiful sunrise wasn’t too much to ask.

This was one of the last photos I took here.  I spent about an hour walking around the lighthouse, up to the lighthouse and then down again.  It was nice to be there by myself, without anyone huffing and carrying on because I wanted to take another photo.  I just chilled.  I waited about 10 to 15 minutes for that Container Ship to get into that position.  It looks so small, but it wasn’t.  The ship is entering Port Phillip Bay, which is the entrance to Melbourne.

After I left here I drove over to Barwon Heads and had a look around.  I took some photos there as well. I think I took about 370 photos, though most of them are either 3 or 5 bracketed images.  I will get around to showing you more, I was going to do it tonight, but after Barwon Heads I had to go to Geelong for a Schools Cycling Event run by Cycling Victoria and I was there until after 4pm.  I’ve only been home for an hour.  I’m beat.  I need a shower and to just sit.

I didn’t do a lot to the image above, that isn’t to say I won’t, but right now, I just wanted you to see one of the images I took.  I know a lot of you like lighthouses, so here it is again, and this time it is guarding the sea.

One Lovely Blog Award

I have come home and found that Michelle from the A Touch of the Divine had given me the above award, I hope you will all go and see her blog, the award is here

http://atouchofthedivine.com/2012/10/18/award-time-2/

Thank you so much Michelle.

Another adventure tomorrow, the Daylesford Market.

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  1. I adore your Lighthouse series! Sharing this one as well!

    October 19, 2012
  2. Despite the lack of sunrise, it’s still a magnificent photograph. The exaxt same thing happened to me on Pulau Tidung when I made a herculean effort to get up early and then walked the length of the island to find the perfect spot for a sunrise picture. Damn those clouds!

    October 19, 2012
    • Actually Lottie, I think the clouds were the saving grace. It was really good to see them and I think they helped to make the image a lot more interesting. It is terrible when you make a special effort and nothing happens though. Thank you.

      October 22, 2012
  3. It might be not the perfect sunrise but I still think its beautiful and very unusual compared to all the other typical sunrise picture we all are use to see!

    October 19, 2012
    • Thank you, I like your words. I am really happy that I did get what I did get, after the initial disappointment.

      October 22, 2012
  4. arnoldthearmadillo #

    That sky would look fantastic as HDR…
    I have been to the Cape Otway a bit further down the coast.. You can go inside and take photos

    October 19, 2012
    • I have a confession, I didn’t say it in the post, but it is a HDR, they all are. I hope that doesn’t mean you are disappointed now.
      I have been there, but never up to the lighthouse. I would like to go now though. I have enjoyed doing the lighthouse.

      October 22, 2012
      • arnoldthearmadillo #

        Not dissapointed, just extracting my foot from my mouth (again)

        October 22, 2012
      • Haha, that is good to hear.

        October 22, 2012
      • arnoldthearmadillo #

        Its not, it makes a horrible noise :D

        October 22, 2012
      • Hahahaha :)

        October 22, 2012
      • arnoldthearmadillo #

        Like a gumboot being pulled out of mud :(

        October 22, 2012
  5. Thats an amazing photo, Leanne. Can’t wait to see how you work your magic on some of the shots you took.
    Also, thanks a bunch for your post on levels and curves in GIMP a little while back. Like with your HDR tips, it proved to be especially helpful for me.

    October 19, 2012
    • Thank you Dave, I am enjoying doing these photos, they are so different to the other ones I do.
      You are welcome about the tutorials, it is great to hear that it was helpful. I am very happy to hear that.

      October 22, 2012
  6. Not an early bird myself or have lighthouses near me I ,so enjoy your early mornings and the feeling you descriped with it …The sky waking up is gorgeous and m determined now to get an early sunrise this weekend !!

    October 19, 2012
    • I hope you did manage to get up early coast72, it is a fantastic time of the day, usually no one around and you can get those shots without other people in them. Makes me very tired though. I just want to do more. Thank you.

      October 22, 2012
  7. Love the photograph … light houses always have a mysterious air about them.. and your photo gives it that… brilliant…

    October 19, 2012
    • I wonder if it is because of the link to the past and the idea of them being keeping ships safe, or keeping us safe. It is interesting how many people like them. Thanks Rob.

      October 22, 2012
  8. Pretty … as always. Can’t wait to see more of what you captured. D

    October 19, 2012
    • Thank you Dave, there is plenty to see, going to take me a while to get through them all.
      How’s the D600, taken lots of photos yet?

      October 22, 2012
  9. I had forgotten you said you were getting up early to do this – when you hit ‘like’ at an unusual time, I wondered why you were up at that hour!
    Love the lighthouse…the sunrise is gentle, rather than dramatic, but looks good.

    October 19, 2012
    • Oh yes, very early, I should do it more often, then it wouldn’t be such a shock to the system. Haha
      Yes, I like that word gentle. Thanks Marie

      October 22, 2012
  10. I’ve had quite a few mornings like that when I wondered why I bothered to get out of bed. Lovely image though nonetheless. Beautifully composed.

    October 19, 2012
    • It was disappointing to start with, but then after a while, I decided that I was actually quite happy with it all. I hope you saw the images I posted the day after this. Thank you Edith

      October 22, 2012
  11. A beautiful photo, I’d love to be there!!

    October 19, 2012
  12. Liz #

    A beautiful shot – I’m planning on camping at Point Lonsdale at some point this summer so I will have a go at recreating this one.

    October 19, 2012
    • It is a beautiful place Liz, I hope you do have a go. I look forward to seeing your interpretation. Thanks.

      October 22, 2012
  13. It may not have been the sunrise you were hoping for, but I think the clouds in the sky provided enough drama to still make this a really good shot. And that container ship in the background is a nice addition.

    October 19, 2012
    • Thank you Gracie, I think I totally agree with you, I think the clouds made the image a lot more interesting. I was actually really happy with the clouds in the end.

      October 22, 2012
  14. We all dream of the ‘perfect’ sunrise, but then what is perfect for one is not perfect for the other. I loooove the above picture, the clouds! the positioning of the container ship – worth the wait, I would say. Beautiful!!!!

    October 19, 2012
    • Thank you anyone4curryandotherthings, I think everything you say is absolutely correct. I totally agree.

      October 22, 2012
  15. lovely

    October 19, 2012
  16. very pretty!

    October 20, 2012
  17. outstanding

    October 20, 2012
  18. What a great scene!

    October 20, 2012
  19. Pat #

    Beautifully composed!

    October 20, 2012
  20. That’s a pretty cool sunrise in my book. Lots of clouds, but a patch of blue and decent amount of sunlight in the middle. Looking forward to seeing more from this shoot.

    October 20, 2012
    • That is great to hear David, thank you. I have so many photos from it. I really like the place and really would like to do more of it.

      October 22, 2012
  21. Beautiful. If you made a ‘disappointing’ sunrise look that good, I can hardly wait to see what you consider a worthwhile one!

    October 20, 2012
    • I wonder if I will ever be able to get one, I will have to keep trying, thank you jheem.

      October 22, 2012
  22. Masterful shot, Leanne.

    October 20, 2012
  23. Nice shots, Leanne. Must admit last time I was at Point Lonsdale there wasn’t much of a sunrise either. But I did manage a few good shots.

    October 20, 2012
    • I wonder if they ever get one, haha, we will have to keep trying. I might have to start taking more notice of the weather. Thanks.

      October 22, 2012
  24. I just love how you do that. I hope that one day I’ll be able to dedicate enough time to mine to learn how to do it too. :D

    October 20, 2012
    • If you want to do it Keli, I am sure you will. I don’t do it much, it is hard for me to go out like that, but I do whenever I can. Thanks.

      October 22, 2012
  25. Looks pretty gorgeous to me, Leanne, and well-worth getting out early! That lighthouse is a real beauty…with very fine placement in this image…need I say I can’t wait to see more?

    October 20, 2012
    • Thank you 1000, it was worth it, though I wouldn’t do it again when I had to go and do another event. I do want to go again though. I hope you have enjoyed the others I have posted since.

      October 22, 2012
  26. Love the way the center clouds glow! Beautiful photo. :)

    October 20, 2012
    • Thank you Mrs Fever, it really worked out for the better I think. :)

      October 22, 2012
  27. Leanne this is a beautiful image :)
    Well worth the early start!

    October 20, 2012
    • Thank you so much Robyn. It was worth it, I am so glad I finally did it. :)

      October 22, 2012
  28. Such a lovely shot, even it missing the brilliant sunrise you were expecting. But there is something about having the wee hours of the morning to yourself.

    October 20, 2012
    • Yes, there certainly is, I love the early morning and it has always been my favourite time to take photos. Thank you Bella, I am so glad you like it.

      October 22, 2012
  29. Tricia's Blogs #

    Now that is commitment and dedication to your art! Getting up early AND waiting for the ship to pass for the perfect shot!

    October 20, 2012
    • Thank you Tricia, it was great out there, and the ship didn’t take too long, which was good, It was a little chilly, but I soon forgot about that. It was so worth it.

      October 22, 2012
  30. I’m glad there was no ‘standard’ sunrise, I love the subtleness of this image and the way the light looks like it’s been washed up into the sky. and the shop looks like it’s part of the organic landscape. You’ve taken a traditonal, common subject and added an extra dimension to it, as I’ve come to expect, but you’ve set the bar high with this one :)

    October 20, 2012
    • Thank you so much EllaDee, I really like your description. I was so happy with how the ship in the image came out. It seemed appropriate to have it with the lighthouse.

      October 22, 2012
  31. Hi….I’ve gifted you with the Beautiful Blogger Award. You choose whether to accept or not. The rules are on my link. Keep the beautiful photos coming!!!

    http://yeehawranchmamasheri.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/2304/

    October 21, 2012
    • Thank you very much, I have left you a comment on your blog.

      October 22, 2012
      • Yes, and I thank you.

        October 22, 2012
  32. Looking up like that was such a perfect way to capture the lighthouse and the clouds. I find when I’m in a place like that that I turn my camera this way and that and end up taking the picture without knowing why…

    October 21, 2012
    • I think it is good to try lots of things when taking photos, but I am always aware of what I am trying to achieve. It stops me from being as disappointed. I hope you have success with it. Thank you so much dearrosie.

      October 22, 2012
  33. thin8air #

    beautiful…

    October 22, 2012
  34. OH WOW! Even more amazing :) I want to take a shot like that someday lol

    November 3, 2012
    • Why can’t you now Amanda, :) you should believe in yourself. Thanks

      November 5, 2012
      • HAHA My hubby pushes me to keep doing what I do and challenges me lol! he keeps me on my toes that’s for sure haha

        November 6, 2012
      • You are very lucky then, it is always good to have someone that does that.

        November 8, 2012

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