Tuesday, 23rd December 2014. StarburstSunrise over Bundamba Lagoon, South Ripley.
After photographing the South East corner for the last couple of years, it's always great to go to a new spot.
With the technology that is available to us these days (google maps/earth, the photographer's ephemeris, photopills etc etc), we can get a pretty good idea of what will be there when we arrive. But there is still a sense of anticipation when you pull up, grab your gear and head off in search of your composition, especially when it's pitch black, and you are trying to find your way guided by your head torch. I must admit, I had a bit of a moment not long after climbing a fence and started on my way through waist high grass towards the edge of the lagoon. I had the bejeesus scared out of me when I nearly stood on a bird of some description (I think it may have been a pheasant) and it made a hell of a racket as it flew off. I'm pretty sure I made a bit of a racket as well!!
After this little heart starter, I got to the edge of the lagoon and scoped out what was before me. It was quite a muddy, soft edge to the lagoon, with no foreground interest. So I settled on using the still conditions to my advantage, and decided to shoot for some mirror like reflections of the surrounding silhouetted hills and gum trees.
My last couple of sunrise shoots have been colourless affairs, so I was encouraged by the sight of some high cloud floating through my scene. The problem I had, was that it was still over an hour until sunrise! Typically, the high cloud pretty much had disappeared by the time the sun was starting to make its presence felt from below the horizon, so I missed out on all those beautiful pastel colours. Thankfully, as I was waiting for the sun to poke out from behind the little hill, some puffy clouds came through to give me a bit of interest and fill the sky with gorgeous, golden light and provide me with some sweet reflections as well.
As an aside to my sunrise shoot, while I was standing around waiting for the light, there was a heap of kangaroos cruising past me, checking me out. So after I was done with the lagoon, I went for a bit of a drive to look for some 'roos. After cruising down some dirt roads, I found this massive skippy and stopped in the middle of the road to take a couple of shots. I had no sooner stopped and fired off a couple of frames, when another ute flew up behind me. After a brief exchange, I was told that I was on private property, and in no uncertain terms I should leave and never come back!
The joys of photography!!!
While I was shooting the sunrise, I also had my GoPro shooting frames for a time-lapse......