Brisbane Dawn

While everyone else was at the Riverside Centre shooting the Bridge for dawn, I decided to head further down the river and aim back at the city for a different perspective.

The addition of a Hoya NDX400 filter provided for a nice smooth river despite the high light levels.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 18th July 2009, This photo: 6:49am


  • Cass n Dan said:
    WOW David this is AMAZING :)
    Love it so much
  • CAUT said:
    Great composition, well done David.
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    Love the light
  • MΛЯK said:
    Nice shot... Great light.
  • netherspirit said:
    Wow. Beautiful cityscape! I like the subtle reflections in the water.
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  • accesser said:
    You must have left home early then David, Nice shot the ND does let you pull of some cool tricks.
    I say this a lot when commenting on Brisbane City shots dam its changing fast the number of building shooting up is crazy, I'd love to make a archive of sorts of our city now and keep it for quite a few years then bring it out again.
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  • Thea M said:
    Beautiful colours. The ND has smoothed todays rather choppy water beautifully.
  • mitchell burns said:
    wow, great shot david...was this for the world photo walk thing?
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Cass :)
    Thanks Alejandro :)
    That's what I was waiting for. Took a few leading up, but it was this golden light that was the whole point of the perspective chosen :)
    Thanks Mark :)
    Thanks :) The water was quite choppy this morning, so a longer exposure helped smooth it out and thus gain some reflections.
    I'm working on it ;-) Yeah up damn early (4am) to be in town by 5:45, but I did get a nice hot shower, which is always a bonus.
    Sure did Thea :)
    Yep, that it be.
  • SkattyKat said:
    so smooth & detailed - love it Dave
  • Andrew Durick said:
    Nice shot David - very clean and simple feel to it
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kath :) 'twas aiming for a different view from everyone else.
    I like simple, means I don't have to think as much ;-)
  • James Lagden said:
    Nice Dave, could imagine someone skating across that river.
  • Barry McGrath said:
    This is excellent!
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Stunning Dave, love the colours very eye catching.
  • David de Groot said:
    Now that would be something to behold - someone skating on the Brissie river ;-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Barry :)
    Thanks Nic :) Just the right amount of colour. I wasn't in place for the rich blue hour, but then there was no sunlight then either.
  • stephenk1977 said:
    Love the smooth reflections in the water. I can never get myself out of bed early enough to get photos like this!
  • David de Groot said:
    It was tough, and I'm paying for it now with a sniffly nose, despite wearing a thick jumper and a coat and two pairs of gloves.
  • anitabromley said:
    Wow, wow and wow. Just love the light and colours in this, looks almost surreal.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Anita :) 'twas a good spot to shoot the dawn from.
  • p a u l o ★ said:
    Perfect shot of Brisbane. Light captured perfectly.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Thanks :) 'twas a typical Brisbane winter dawn.
  • Rob Smith15 said:
    Lovely shot David, tried this shot many times but never anything like this achieved
  • anitabromley said:
    Must must make the effort to get up at dawn one of these days....
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Rob. Gotta be there at the right time, with the right kit. ND400 is pretty much essential for this sort of shot, as it's way too bright for anything else.
    Well if it's any consolation, I have a cold now from my efforts :(
  • maldito kid said:
    excellent capture!
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  • ryancnicholson said:
    Excellent photo! I love the early morning colors and the smooth water.
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  • rickhuss93 said:
    Awesome capture!
  • mortenprom said:
    Wow, fantastic "clean" shot! The water is really fine, looks good in front of the skyline :))
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  • maphi74 said:
    Beautiful Shot, great work
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  • hernan.seoane said:
    great work! congrats!
  • stage88 said:
    sizzling mate!!!!!! :)
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks everyone :)
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  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    I do like this Dave - specially the reflections in the water..
  • David de Groot said:
    Didn't turn out half bad eh Voodoo ;-)
    Long time no see, been gallivanting again ?
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Been doing some house reno's Dave so havent been on here or out taking pics at all recently. PLanning a trip later this week so hopefully redeem my tardiness :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah fair enough then. Where are you off to ?
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah I was going to suggest I come along, but that's more than a daytrip ;-)
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  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Nah it's all good Dave, I have a pair of ruby slippers that I wear, I just tap the heels together and say "there's no place like Nando's" and I just go instantly - I have a spare pair! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    That may be a problem if the nearest Nando's is in Siberia :P
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Ok then, Im seeing A mother polar bear with a cute cub, bear prints in the snow leading toi the bears poking their heads over a low rise in the distance, maybe a mangled baby fur seal in the foreground and red blood on the fur of the bears...bring the just saying :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Good plan, and given it's a bright environment, the f/5.6 max. aperture shouldn't be a problem at all ;-)
  • steve pereira said:
    splendid shot....

    congrats on xplore...
  • cloclo_scot said:
    beautifull capture
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  • Mitch Lahey said:
    Well captured. Water is very smooth and photo is sharp. Sky has a beautiful pale blue and looks stunning
  • David de Groot said:
    Love my ND400 for these kinds of shots, really effective.