6 minutes before dawn

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay, NSW.

Dawn didn't provide much colour due to the clouds on the horizon to the east, but I managed to catch a glimpse of orange behind the lighthouse and by now the light was not an issue.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 22nd March 2009, This photo: 6:43am


  • chooks! said:
    Very nice David!
  • Simon Diete said:
    Great shot David, great compo and so sharp!!
    Good stuff :-)
  • Shaun Johnston said:
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Ah nice work Dave, I tried to get a similar comp Sunday arvo, but way too many people. I'll have to head down again for sunrise sometime in the near future.
  • dlaurini said:
    Cool shot, Dave
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    nice shot, lovely sky and I like the fact you can see the light in the lighthouse still
  • pearson251 said:
    Quite the image ....simply classic the way the white rail pulls your eyes along to the lighthouse .....really nicely done !
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Great POV Dave.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Tim :)
    I'm not 100% happy with the composition, but it'll do. ;-)
    Thanks Shaun :)
    Yeah it gets busy eh? Luckily less people are inclined to brave the early morning cold.
    Thanks Dante :)
    It's amazing what a difference the perceived brightness of the light in the lighthouse changes as the sky gets brighter, about 1/2 hr earlier it was too bright to look at.
    Thanks, very much a cliché shot, but I took it anyway.
    Thanks Kane :)
  • mitchell burns said:
    nice one david. i like how the had rail leads your eyes to the light house...a little to darrk for my likings but u probly couldnt help that since the sun was'nt up yet...
  • RobertsonPhotography said:
    mate you should've been at byron bay lighthouse on saturday morning. flippin amazing! (see my stream!)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    David, the perceived brightness thing is tricky - I've attempted at dusk to get a decent shot of the sky and the houses with the first lights on and so far not been happy with the results, usually the lights in the houses are too blown out
  • David de Groot said:
    Dark eh ? I didn't think so. Could be your monitor ? (or mine)
    Yeah so I saw :P
    Yeah tricky stuff with a camera.
  • SkattyKat said:
    Great shot David - so defined
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kat :)
  • ExMrBlonde said:
    Love it Dave. My eyes follow the road to the horizon, wondering what could be hidden around the corner or over the edge..
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) I chose this composition for just that reason.
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Just a great image David, I thought the light was just right for this shot.
  • mitchell burns said:
    no i think i was wrong david the light is good.. i keep on coming back to this photo, so it must be good :)
  • _Zinni_ said:
    A great place and a wonderful shot!
    Seen on Explore.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    hehehe ;-)
    Thanks :) I'd not checked Explore yet.
  • Thea M said:
    A lot to love in this shot. Even the clouds are doing the right thing for you.
  • David de Groot said:
    Well... almost. The clouds should have been fiery pink or somesuch, but that wasn't happening.
  • {Rory} said:
    Great shot, love the cloud bank.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - Aye, the cloud bank is interesting, but it would have been even more interesting if it didn't stretch all the way to the horizon in the east. ;-)
  • Jon McManus said:
    I think that's three people on my contacts list who have posted photos of the lighthouse within the past week or so! Were you all there at the same time? :)
    Either way, I love the contrast of the fluffy white clouds on the right of the photo, with the little band of golden sunset sky on the left. Gorgeous!
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite likely Jon. We had a meet there as a bonus while down that way to cover the Brunswick Heads Kites and Bikes Festival. :)
  • CAUT said:
    Beautiful shot! Hermosa foto!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)