Sunrise over Lake Wivenhoe

Yes, believe it or not, I managed to get up at 3am to drive to Lake Wivenhoe for the sole purpose of taking photographs at sunrise.

This photos sister, taken about 30 secs before this one, won the Esk Shire, Valley of the Lakes Photography Competition - outright and amateur category.

"Sunrise over Lake Wivenhoe" is now for sale as Prints or Posters.

See where this picture was taken.

Supposedly #31 in Explore for Oct 24th, 2007 (which is kinda funny since I took it this morning - Oct 25th)

View all photos taken: Thursday, 25th October 2007, This photo: 5:28am

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  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    I can't believe it David! You said you never get up early less you have to.

    Lovely photo by the way. Love how you can see into the water.
  • -Bennie- said:

    Dave i'm proud of you! Waking up early was well worth the effort mate. Absolute gorgeous reflections!

    Great composition, excellent use of the flash to light up the in foreground rock! :-)

    Well done mate! 05:28am hey!?? You know you're encouraging everyone to get up early now!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well, I did go out shooting for a competition so I guess that counts as "I had to" ;-)

    It was an effort - only had 3.5 hours of sleep, then crawled out of bed, got dressed, ate some breakkie (and coffee!) then drove 1.5 hrs over Mt Glorious to Wivenhoe Dam only to find the gates shut on the parking area. So I shoved everything in the backpack and hiked down to the lake side. I got there and setup by 4:53am, there was just a hint of pink in the clouds then. Shot away for about 1/2hr until I got this series then packed up and headed west to see what I could find (not much).

    I blame bachamp and Johnno for the recent up-earliness btw ;-)
  • ronnietan said:
    stunnnnning! great shot, great effort in waking up!
  • bachamp said:
    Nice work, it must have been bright, 1/80 @ f/10.

    I'm sure you enjoyed it every minute of the adventure, well after the coffee any way.
  • Clearskies Images said:
    And well worth the effort!
    David this is beautiful!!
    Gorgeous reflection, fabulous warm light, well done!!

    I have faved and tagged your picture with BRAVO and this serves as an invitation to The Best: BRAVO -- pending administrative review.
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    Very nice result. The foreground flash gives it a bit of a "night shot" feel despite the rapidly brightening sky. Good work.
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  • Giorgos~ said:
    You caught a nice shot in this morning. Great colors and tranquil sense.... Nice one my friend!
  • David de Groot said:
    Now I just have to stay awake until tonight so I don't completely through out my sleeping patterns... ;-)

    Yep, the sun had been "up" for about 20 mins by the time I took this. For some reason the water was quite choppy earlier in the morning but luckily became smooth and glassy by the time I got around to these.
    As for enjoying it, well, I'm undecided about that (mostly because despite the eloquence of these words, I'm currently feeling like a zombie).

    Thanks Cecily! How's the recovery coming along ?

    Thank you Sir :) I've not done sunrises before (well not properly), it's a different thing to sunsets, the more time you muck about, the brighter it gets. Still needed the flash for the foreground though.

    Thanks :)
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    Wow, wonderful image and photography!!!

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  • troy :) said:
    awesome shot Dave. very nice light.
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    Nice work mate, top points for dedication to the art - i'm looking at a 4.30am start this sunday to catch the right tide :-). Using some fill flash for the foreground was a good idea.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)

    Indeed it is, and to think I wasn't even aware dawn was different from dusk ;-)

    I'm thinking of visiting the HQMS Gayundah this weekend, probably Saturday evening around 7:30pmish as the full moon is out and the tide *should* be about right (I think?).
  • borealnz said:
    You are keen David!! Gorgeous result though!!!
  • Gareth Gorman said:
    Well worth the effort Dave. This is great.
  • Margot- said:
    And what a success, David, what a success...and all worth it. Did you bring a thermos of hot coffee? :o)
  • David de Groot said:
    Well there's potential winnings at stake Jill :)

    Let's hope the judges think so too.

    Well that might have involved planning or something ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    Well done my friend, for the photo AND getting up so early, personally I love the early morning light, but as we are heading into winter - its not so good !! Now I prefer the afternoon, that lovely - just before twilight time !! Anyway back to you, I am impressed, had to hike as well, there's determination for you !! I hope we get to see many more like this and all the best with the competition
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes ok, I'll concede the morning light is actually pretty special :P

    Winter would be ideal, if it weren't so cold. I mean, dawn is almost at a reasonable hour in winter ;-)

    I have another outing planned for Saturday evening (weather permitting), it's not dawn but I'm hoping for some interesting long exposures. Of course, knowing my luck it'll be cloudy and I'll miss my window.
  • timbobee said:
    Great shot Mr de Groot.

    The day belongs to the people of the morning.
  • David de Groot said:
    Well since I got up before the sun, I'm going to stick to my claim of not being a morning person ;-) Either that, or the sun is extremely lazy.
  • looby88 said:
    Fancy meeting you here Tim !! I am glad you are a convert, wouldnt be anything to do with those lovely photos you have of Old Harry Rocks by any chance !! They were/are lovely ! We were up there on sunday afternoon, yet to upload them though !

    dont be so pessimistic Dave, you are obviously a half empty kind of person !! it could be wonderful !! ;P
  • kurtolo81 said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I did admit the morning light was special :P I'm just not that excited about getting out of bed. Sure, the results are great, but the bed is comfy.

  • Margot- said:
    Hey, it went up on Explore!

    I've just noticed how clear the water here...truly a great shot, David. I wish we were neighbors so I could come over for dinner and see you take pictures and eat whatever you had just baked. (o^^o)

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!! just look at the amount of views you are getting though !!
  • flash of light said:
    Congratulations on getting up so early (and the photos ok too I suppose!) ;-)
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe yes that'd be neat eh ? Well if you ever get the urge to visit Australia, remember we have a spare room :)

    Well yes, I suppose so, but then the eclipse photo got a lot more and it was taken at a much more reasonable hour ;-)

    :-P I may have to do another early morning run at some stage - maybe to the coast to see what a sunrise over the beach is like.
  • .steve.t said:
    Nice. The illumination of the rock?
  • David de Groot said:
    Woeful little on-camera pop-up flash Steve.
  • Louise. said:
    David, what sort of work are you looking for?
    Honestly I think talking photos in the middle of the night would be fun and I'm insanely jealous.
  • David de Groot said:
    Well in theory, managing firewalls, as that's what I know how to do, and there's reasonable money in it.
    I'd really like to make some money off this photography gig, but that's probably fairly unlikely, and definitely not likely to pay the bills.

    As for taking photos in the middle of the night, shall I call you next time I'm going out ? ;-)
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    I'll call too if you like, although you may have to get up a little earlier for my sunrise gigs - the extra traveling time and all. ;-)
    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • .simis. said:
    This is a really cool shot! Well shot (seen in Utata discuss)
  • Michael SA said:
    Stunning comp and great exposure, the fill flash on the rock nails it for me. Really well done.
  • rumblemumbles said:
    totally worth it :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)

    Thanks Michael, yes the fill flash definitely makes it. I tried a couple without at first, but they just didn't do anything for me.

    Danke :)
  • tamaki3 said:
    love refrections and lights.great work!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
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    Simply fantastic shot! One more of your great shots in your stream!
  • marthinotf said:
    Espectacular y bella !!!
  • fotofantasea said:
    So worth the effort of the 3am rise!!!! Stunning photography David!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)

    Muchas gracias :)

    Thanks Holly. I really should try to get out again, the results were definitely worth the zombie state I was in for the rest of the day ;-)
  • ingridz said:
    Worth the trip!
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed :)
  • Panorama Paul said:
    This was definitely worth getting up early and driving for... it's absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Paul, I've since learnt staying up all night is a lot easier than dragging oneself out of bed in the wee hours ;-)
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    not if you go to bed early enough the night before. :)
    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Like that's going to happen!
  • d200 dug No censorship! said:
    I'm sure there is a law against being out of bed that early.

    We went to Wivenhoe looking for cracked earth to photograph but could not find any.

    I guess it is covered in water now.
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh I'm sure there is. Luckily I've only broken it this once (well ok, and another time, but that was for paid work).
    For the Dicky Beach shoot I just stayed up all night.

    Yeah I'd heard there was now water in the dam (given I live just on the other side of Mt Glorious, we've copped a fair bit of the same water).
  • smooveflava said:

    Your photo was voted 1ST PLACE in the My Australia Group February Contest - Sunrise.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Seems getting up early does actually pay off more than once.
  • -Bennie- said:
    Congrats on the 1st place for the 'My Australia' Group Dave!!! :-)

    A great shot indeed!!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Did you see what it beat ? I thought for sure Norb's would pick it up with his "Waiting for Dawn's Crack", which is a most excellent shot.
  • -Bennie- said:
    Yes, i did see wha it beat mate and Norb is an 'excellent' photographer, he's work is fantastic! :-)

    However mate, yours is wonderful. Excellent composition, the way the water is still the colours etc...

    congrats again mate! :-)
  • AcquaAlta..and a Happy New Year!! said:
    I would need a lot more than an early start to get this kind of result!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Just takes patience and an eye for a good scene.
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Nice reflection in this shot Dave.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Matt :)
    Still fond of this shot, after all, it was my first proper dawn shoot and won an award (well ok, it's sister shot won the award).
  • -Bennie- said:
    David de Groot Ahhh........ fond memories Dave! This pic was the top of my list when i jumped into Flickr just now! A wonderful photo! Awesome to look at it again! thanks! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Hi Bennie ! Happy New Year!
  • The real Lindsaywakelinphotography said:
    I was looking for Wivenhoe, Colchester in Essex in England and came across your stunning Photograph. Nice shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah, a wee further away than you were expecting ;-)
  • Robert M Scott said:
    Excellent photograph. Regards Bob
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)