Ian Cambourne  

Turimetta Sunrise by Ian Cambourne

July 2021 - Turimetta Sunrise

July 2021 - Ian Cambourne


About the Image(s)

This image was taken about a month ago at one of Sydney's northern suburbs beaches, Turimetta. On this morning, every cloud in the whole sky can be seen in this image. That one strip of cloud above the horizon is all there was, the whole sky was clear. I fell in love with the water flowing all around the rocks at the southern end of this beach. Details are Sony a850; Sigma 20mm prime lens; ISO 100; F13; 4 second shutter speed; -1.7 exposure stops; tripod mounted. Processed in LR & PS with some nik filters as well.

12 comments posted

Carol Krom   Carol Krom
I love the feeling of the water sliding over the rocks. I generally am not a fan of silky water but I really like this one. With the clouds so close to the horizon and the water so silky that it looks misty there is then an etheral sensation to the image. The compostion and leading lines are spot on. Very well done.   Posted: 07/11/2021 10:26:52
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Carol. This is a new location for me that I had never been to. As it's only about an hours drive from my home, I will be definitely be back there. Probably October through to March which are our spring and summer months down here.   Posted: 07/12/2021 03:11:40

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Now I understand why there were no clouds in Southern California that day, they were in your area for a great shot!
I like the 4 second exposure giving the water movement, texture. The foreground rocks are sharp as well as thee distant and your were able to bring out the shadows very nicely compared to the original.

I wonder what you'r histogram showed when you took thee photo, was there any clipping on the highlights?   Posted: 07/11/2021 12:43:38
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Dave. Yes, there was some clipping in the highlights top left, and also in the shadows of the rock edges facing me. I deliberately captured the image with them because I wanted the 4 seconds to show the water's movement and also its colours and textures away from the rocks.   Posted: 07/12/2021 03:16:47

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I am very much a lover of silky water and really like this image. The rocks are well focused, great leading line into the sunrise with the rocks. This image draws me in and gives me a stunning view of the power of water and the beauty of the sunrise together!

Really very nice image Ian!   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:15:38
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Sherry. This was a morning of great fun capturing images. It's funny how we all change of views and attitudes. Two or three years ago I would have never been game to try and get an image like this. But watching my Korean photographer friend consistently put on his knee high rubber boots and walk into ankle deep water without a care in the world amazed me. Afterwards looking at each other's photos over breakfast in a café, he'd say "Not too bad". All I could say was "Gotta get me some boots." One hand on the tripod when the water comes in and then fire away as the water goes back out. A quick squirt with the garden hose when home again and ready for next time.   Posted: 07/12/2021 03:29:41
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I find change of scenery pretty calming and as long as I don't have to hike up steep terrains with nothing to keep me from falling ( fear of heights), I'm all in.....My logo on my Facebook page is "Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone!   Posted: 07/12/2021 13:20:50

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Really impressive. The 4 sec exposure time was well chosen. I like both silky water, and the "frozen" water as well. My next experience will be that I take one with long exposure and one with a short one. Then I combine them in PS choosing some sharp and some silky parts. Who knows...
You should go back, it looks like being a good place to explore it.   Posted: 07/19/2021 01:21:18
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks for your comments Janos. I have thought about playing with the idea you mentioned. My next time out I'm thinking about going to a waterfall, shooting it from an angle to get some depth, but stacking it with between 5 and 10 images in attempt to get it pin sharp front to back, but let the water and any leaves just do what they do.   Posted: 07/27/2021 03:59:10

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
The silky water movement of the right side of the image is very nice. The blue color with some warm sunrise color of the water is wonderful. The texture and the composition of the rocks are also great. The left hand part of the image is not very interesting though. The image will look different if you crop out the lower right side of the picture like this:   Posted: 07/27/2021 02:52:57
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Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks for your comments Peter, they are appreciated. Your re-working of the image is good, but in my eyes it seems a little crowded or squashed. I prefer to let the water have somewhere to go, and I also like to see the horizon. That's what I really enjoy about photography, the way we can all see the same image but differently, with none being any more right that others.   Posted: 07/27/2021 04:06:03

Debbie Bates   Debbie Bates
Ian, love the movement and the full environment of the whole shot. Only thing I would change would be to crop more of the sky out. Beautiful shot.   Posted: 07/28/2021 07:10:10


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