Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Boatsheds - Morning and Night

After all the excitement of the last couple of mornings (still have some more to post!), Sunday settled down a bit. The sunrise at Lake Wendouree looked likely to be a dud until just after sunrise the sun managed to break free of the clouds to cast some very nice light over the boat sheds on the north side of the lake. And a return visit later in the day caught quite a nice sunset lighting up the front of the Ballarat Grammar sheds.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Extraordinary. Exciting. Emotive.

As I hinted in yesterday's post I had a feeling that Saturday morning was going to be something quite special. I have witnessed many spectacular sights in my photographic journey from my daily local wanderings to my visits to 56 USA National Parks....and I reckon this morning was just about at the peak. 
After discovering  a new location at Lake Burrumbeet the day before I was keen to return as soon as possible, little realising what I was about to experience. I will become a regular visitor to this spot in the future though it is going to take something amazing to better this first sunrise visit. Before I even made it to this spot, I made a brief stop in the top north west corner of the lake where you get a broad overview of the lake looking back towards Ballarat and Lake Warrenheip, a common spot for me, but never with a view like this! The low lying fogs I had been excited about on the way out from Ballarat, only 20 minutes away, were producing something quite extraordinary out on the lake, certainly something I have never seen before. And then onto my main goal, where the conditions were really firing up with some fantastic pre-sunrise colour, then peaking with some serene views across the lake as the sun tried to burn its way through the low lying mists. 
This set is just a small part of an incredible morning, I have many more to go through ...... hopefully you will experience just a small part of this amazing morning. I know I say this quite often - these are really worth clicking on for a larger view!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Summer Mirror

On Friday morning I found myself on the west side of Lake Burrumbeet for a magical, golden sunrise. There were some great clouds around to really make the best of the mirror-like surface and by using the big zoom lens I was able to get in close to that golden surface, dotted with pelicans and other birds. On the way out the clouds were not looking all that promising, so I was very grateful when they developed in front of me. As much as I love these mornings on my own, it would be nice for others to be there to experience such special conditions....hopefully by sharing my images, others can enjoy the morning as well. 
Afterwards I did a bit of exploring near this location, and found some really nice spots.......maybe Saturday morning will be something very special!
It's well worth clicking on these for a bigger look.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Well Before Dawn

On Thursday morning I was heading north of Ballarat well before sunrise. Just north of the freeway there were some serene low lying mist around, and I stopped at Mt Rowan to catch this view looking back to Mt Warrenheip. We are in the middle of a really nice patch of warm, calm summer days, and the early mornings is the best way to experience it, well before all the usual hubbub starts up - there's more to come, so make sure you make the most of it!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Serene Summer Solitude

The quickly changing shoreline of Lake Burrumbeet once again offered me some new compositions to work with on Wednesday evening. This little visited spot on the east side has changed dramatically since last winter, in fact I'm about 50 metres further out into the lake as the shoreline gets smaller and smaller. Some terrific low lying sand bars are now being revealed, and the masses of reeds along the edge really offer a lot as well. It's great to be out here on a warm summer evening, my only company was the birds scuttering along the waters edge, though I must admit the one trail bike that passed by created quite a disturbance, but he was quickly gone to allow me to enjoy the solitude.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sensational Summer Sunrise Show

On Tuesday morning, well before sunrise, I noticed a touch of colour in the sky through the bedroom window. I always leave the curtains open so I can keep an eye on anything of interest that might develop in the sky and this time I'm glad I did. I quickly grabbed my gear and jumped in the car as the colour started to increase, and made it around to the north western corner of Lake Wendouree, where I found a spot that offered some great foreground interest to go with the continually increasing colour show. The first image here was taken at 6.03am, the last at 6.12 am - well before the actual sunrise and when the colour was at its most intense and they show how quickly the colour can change from the deep reds and purples into the more golden yellow and oranges. And very nice of those 2 swans to come floating by just at the right time!
Undoubtedly one of the best sunrise shows I've witnessed for quite a while...this is the reason I keep heading out with the camera everyday...sometimes the rewards are spectacular!
It's well worth clicking on these for a larger look, but make sure you have your sunglasses on!


Monday, January 19, 2015

High, Warm and Cool

A couple of very different subjects on Monday....
I was sitting outside at lunchtime and I noticed we had a very nice sun halo forming right above me, so I quickly grabbed a few images...always an impressive sight when you get the complete circle. One thing I found interesting when I looked at the images was the fact that the sun is not exactly centred in the ring...anyone now the science behind this?
And later in the day I popped out to the Bo Peep Creek near Lake Burrumbeet to see if the flow from last weeks rain was still up, and there was a nice flow that let me capture a couple of nice warm and cool images, mainly due to the difference in light as the sun was setting and the ambient glow was quickly changing.