Friday, November 14, 2014.
It will forever be remembered as the day I finally followed my heart (and a little bit of my head) and embarked on my full time journey in to the world of photography.
So, what better way to celebrate this new start, then to get up at 2.30am and chase a sunrise over Moreton Bay. A new day. A new beginning.
Starting with a bit of planning on the Thursday night before and a quick check of the tides, I decided to head to a location I had never shot at before. At just over an hour from home, Beachmere was my chosen destination.
Upon my arrival, still in the pre-dawn darkness, I grabbed my head torch and headed off in to the mangroves. After a short walk south, the track opens up on to the sand flats and a delightful array of old and weathered mangrove trees stood before me.
Conditions were perfect as the sky started to brighten with the approaching sunrise getting closer by the minute. The outgoing tide had left me with some fantastic pools of water, and the lack of any breeze at all meant that these pools were creating mirror like reflections.
With no cloud to catch the colour of the rising sun, I concentrated on creating stark silhouettes of the mangroves and their perfect reflections. With a number of different trees in the area, each with their own character, the biggest task was finding the best composition. After trying a couple out, I settled on this group of four trees to highlight just as the sun appeared from behind a band of cloud on the horizon. Fortunately for me, I was also able to catch a nice little sunburst reflection to top it all off.
Needless to say, I will definitely be returning to this spot again.