Pre-Dawn Blue

over the Wreck of the S.S. Dicky,

Dicky Beach,



The S.S. Dicky ran aground during heavy seas on the 4th February 1893. The ship was re-floated, but heavy seas turned the ship about and back onto the sand where it remains today. Recently very heavy seas have exposed a greater portion of what's left of the ship.

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View all photos taken: Sunday, 6th January 2008, This photo: 4:02am

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  • Louise. said:
    It was worth the early start and the long dark drive.
    This is fabulous David.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Louise :) It's going to take a day or two to get over this (I've had 4 hours sleep or so in the last 28 hours or so).

    I've got a couple more that are worthy too, but I like the blue of this and the subtle wreck in the edge of the frame.
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    very very nice indeed dave. (i've been waiting to see this)
  • David de Groot said:
    I've been sleeping ;-) The sea spray was horrendous, and we managed to get sand on all sorts of things (sticky sand it was too). Not sure you'd have been happy with your LF gear there. Mind you, film exposure for an hour or more would have been really nice, but too noisy for digital.
    Oh and the moon was incredible - it rose while there was still no cloud on the horizon, a tiny slither of a moon but sitting on the horizon it looked massive and due to the spray it was a bright orange - really impressive to behold, impossible to photograph with a wide lens ;-)
  • Misteriddles said:
    You went! I didn't think you would -- given the rain. Glad you did. This is delicious.
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, we though, "Bugger it" and went anyway. To our great delight it was fine, mostly clear and the wreck is really well exposed due to the heavy seas recently. 'twas a good run, even if I'll be paying for it due to the all night nature of the run for another day or two. :)
  • KennyWP said:
    This is a great photo Dave! Definitely worth staying up all night for :)
  • ronnietan15 said:
    wow thats just lovely! about what time was it when the shot was fired?
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Awesome shot Dave, can't wait to see the rest and what Johnno has to show us.
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    Sweet. Very nice.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Absolutely gorgeous, David!
  • petepothole said:
    Getting close to home here!
    Nice shot David!
  • David de Groot said:
    Sure was :)

    This one was taken at 4:02am this morning. We got to the beach around 2ish and did some light painting. Eventually the torch died enough to not be useful and Johnno doesn't have a cable release so we waited around until the light started to come up (around 4am) before continuing.

    I've processed up another shot I'm quite proud of, but will post that tomorrow (probably). :) Johnno definitely got some very nice stuff with his new 16-35mm lens.
    For this shoot we chose a single lens each at the car as the sea spray was such that changing lenses on the beach wouldn't be a good idea.

    Shaun Johnston - Neat isn't it ? :)
  • David de Groot said:
    You snuck in there while I was typing David :) Ok, so it's worth being up for dawn, but I would like to point out that I didn't get up for this, we only saw the dawn because I hadn't actually gone to bed ;-)

    Thanks Pete :)
  • bendyclickr said:
    Beautiful shot Dave, I wish I could motivate myself to rise early to get out and shoot... Maybe it would be easier for me not to go to bed :)
  • leadegroot said:
    He's had *6* hours of sleep, and that's enough not to be whining ( :-P )
    I liked this one uncropped, myself - in the bottom left corner was camera kit with a sharp red LCD showing. I think it gave the photo perspective (or something) He went to bed this morning and left it on the screen, uncropped, for me to spend the morning going 'awwwww..' over :)
    Of course, I am a sucker for blue, so it probably wouldn't matter what he did to it, I'd like it :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Definitely easier to stay up that's for sure. I've done the wake up early thing before and staying up seems like the easier route.

    Bah! With the dogs barking, and the TV blaring, 4 hours is about it :-P~~
    Besides, the uncropped one had Johnno in it.
  • -Bennie- said:
    Congrats on the photo Dave. Quite surreal! Awesome effort to get up so early as well mate! The length of exposure is perfect, the blue is sublime!

  • Giorgos~ said:
    Wow! If with the 10-20mm the Venus looks so bright, it must have been a really intense Venus on that morning! Nice shot my friend!

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  • David de Groot said:
    The trick is to not go to bed, and thus you don't have to get up early, you just stay up late ;-)
    Thanks Bennie!

    It was indeed a very bright Venus this morning (and a very small slither of a moon). Thanks!
  • thtstudios said:
    Looks great Dave, glad the weekend was not a complete wash out. well done.
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah the weather was really quite accommodating on Saturday/Sunday morning. It would have been a bugger to have got to the beach only to have been rained on.
  • Tylwydd said:
    Where's the sky ? Where's the sea ? Beautiful !
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    @David: thanks for the explanation - I feared you might be turning into an early bird ;-p
  • David de Groot said:
    Not I! I go to bed far too late for that. Although, I guess if I end up being employed in the photographic arts, it might become a more common occurrence.
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    Very nice - almost abstract.
    Seen next to a fellow photo of The Water's Edge. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Mike :) It is somewhat like that isn't it.
  • ArAsh! said: