Dawn at Moffet Beach

Caloundra, Queensland.

Ross and James and I did dawn at Moffet Beach yesterday. The sea was fairly flat, which allowed us to get nice and close without too much risk to our gear.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 30th May 2009, This photo: 6:10am

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  • Adam Randell said:
    Great shot mate, love the shine on those rocks & the soft silky water.
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Oh wicked Dave. I've been planning to hit up there for sometime, what's the best vantage point below - to the left or to the right?
  • jaclyn_teh2000 said:
    Wow..a post card shot.. Nice : )
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Adam :)
    Well we went down to the beach and then turned right, out to the rocks on the headland (accessible safely at low tide).
  • Andrew Hing said:
    Great shot David, got the exposure just right
  • anitabromley said:
    Stunning David. I'm not a morning person but this would be worth waking up early for...
  • James Lagden said:
    The water looks like a mist, very nice.
  • dtmateojr said:
    very nice foreground and the horizon looks interesting too. i like how your shots look so natural
  • frednaut said:
    Beautiful - was this with the ND400?
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Andrew.
    I'm frequently not a morning person either, but sometimes it's worth dragging yourself out of bed hours before first light and setting out to a nice location.
    Yep :) Waves are good for that.
    I don't do HDR or that sort of thing. Most of the shots are pretty close to straight out of the camera, just a few wee tweaks in Lightroom.
    Nope, this one was with the rather purple Cokin GND8.
  • beaumitchell said:
    Nice David. I like that curved rock in the top left. Good idea to include it in the composition ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    The rocks there are all fairly low and weathered, so I was glad to see this curved one to add some extra interest.
  • Ross_M said:
    nice work Dave. I want to try the ND400 next time even in this low light to see if it is possible to go beyond the misty effect and actually flatten out the sea completely
  • Mitch Lahey said:
    David this is the one beach I forgot to do when I was staying at Caloundra. Would have been an excellent spot to capture the sunrise. You captured it really well with perfect timing on light, colors in the sky, and exposure. Great work!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, it is indeed possible to flatten the sea like that. :)
    'tis worth a visit, even if the rocks are relatively low.
  • EclipseAu said:
    Awesome as usual Dave. Nice Capture
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Pete :)
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Nice to see a dawn shoot from you mate... and a good one at that ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    I do manage to drag myself out of bed early sometimes ;-)
  • SkattyKat said:
    love this David - beautiful tones & DOF, lots of interest - seems to go out to sea forever !!
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Sweet light and comp David... you placed and exposed those rocks perfectly!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kat :) It'd be pretty impossible to get to at high tide or big seas though.
    Thanks Paul, 'twas glad to get a little colour in the sky too (it had rained the night before so we were a little worried).
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    Not bad, not bad at all. I do like the light on the foreground rocks and the different textures & shapes there. Nice work (and not even any flash required!).
    Seen in the group"The Water's Edge" (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed! I've yet to make use of flash in landscapes ;-)
  • rossipenburg said:
    nice viewpoint and composition david. Did you have a cokin grad on the front by any chance?
  • David de Groot said:
    Well spotted ;-) Yep Cokin GND8.
  • rossipenburg said:
    My instincts aren't too far off then! Kicking myself I didn't go down the Lee filter path but for my price point the Cokins have served me pretty well. Just certain light temps and angles emphasise the magenta cast - god forbid you put two on the front! - luckily most of my shots are destined for B&W but correcting this cast for color shots can be a real pain. Anyway suits this image well and subtle magenta warms the shot nicely.
  • David de Groot said:
    I once stacked a couple of Cokin ND8's and an ND4 - now that was purple! Eventually I'll change over to 4x6" Lee or Singh Ray filters as the P size Cokins are too small for ultra wide angle and the purple isn't usually desirable.
  • mlilasic said:
    awesome photo, great colors and tones of details...
  • johammond said:
    Love this one!! Stunning!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Thanks! 'twas a reasonable morning.
    Thanks Jo!
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Man totally missed this one! Very very nice Dave!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Matt. 'twas a fairly cloudy dawn that day. This is out on the tip of the headland, to the south of Shelley Beach.