Mutdapilly Magic

April 19, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

It's not often that my wife gets up early to come with me on a sunrise shoot, but when she does, it makes me even more pumped when it's a good one.

And so it turned out on this Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago.

We had originally planned to head out near Warwick to explore an abandoned building that I had come across on a previous trip.  We then decided to add an early start and a sunrise in to the mix as well.  What we hadn't planned on was the late night and a few beverages on the Saturday night after a friend of my wife's joined us for dinner.  But that's another story!

​So, after only about 4 hours sleep, the alarm woke us from our slumber.  We didn't need to have breakfast, as we had already packed the fridge on the ute for bacon and eggs after sunrise, so it was a matter of throwing on some clothes and hitting the road.  

The spot that I had in mind was a bout 40 minutes down the highway.  A little place called Mutdapilly.  There's a nice little rise, and the surrounding area is quite flat with a couple of nice hollows that hold the fog when the weather starts to get a bit cooler.

We arrived at our spot just as the sky was starting to lighten behind the hills, and we could see the fog rolling around the fields below us to the east.  To the west, the near full moon was slowly sinking towards the horizon.

It was shaping up to be a pretty nice show.  The location was just ripe for some nice panoramas, with an old fence and track running along the front of the scene.

Marianne was getting hungry (and so was I), so she started cooking up the bacon and eggs on the back of the ute.  Seriously, is there anything better than watching an awesome sunrise while smelling bacon cooking?  I don't think so!

The fog was rolling across the paddocks up towards us, and as it approached the temperature dropped a couple of degrees.  I really wished that I had grabbed a jumper, but instead I ended up wearing an old towel like a cape to try and keep warm.  This wouldn't have been so bad if half a dozen cars hadn't driven past and seen me!

It started to become a little bit of a struggle when the sun popped up over the mountains.  I was trying to eat breakfast, watch the sunrise and manage two cameras all at the same time.  With the sun, came the most quickly changing light I have seen in a long time.  The fog just exploded in the most intense orange glow, and no sooner had it started then it was over.  Unfortunately, my bacon and eggs got a bit cold!

 

After the sunrise had died down, we both decided that it was for the best that we leave the drive out to Warwick for another day as we were both pretty tired from the night before.

Another adventure for another day!


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