Dramatic Red Sunrise at Moonee Beach Bay, New South Wales
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  • sunrise over pacific at moonee beach bay ©Hamish Scott-Brown

Sunrise at Moonee Beach Bay, NSW


The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.

Catherine Opie

Nikon D810, 24mm , Lee 10 stop ND + Lee ND4 Grad

Sunrise this morning 0611hrs 23.04.17


Setting the alarm for 0520 this morning, we knew we had a 25 min trek through the swamp area at the National Park Reserve in order to reach the headland area facing East. The trouble wasn’t so much the alarm going off early as the local cockerel was awake very early, but negotiating the sub-tropical swamp before sunrise where we’d been told that snakes, ticks and other ‘obstacles’ could hamper the path.  With our trousers tucked into into our socks and plenty of insect repellent we set cautiously off, torch and camera equipment in hand.  We made it through the swamp area just as the sun was 15mins off rising and were greeted with the most dramatic reds contrasting with the surf and blue sea.  We had a race against time as the sky was changing so quickly; the clouds were the perfect back drop, ‘catching’ the beautiful intensity of colour.

Balancing the D810 carefully on the tripod, wedged between rocks, we took some test exposures. 100 ISO, 2secs at f7.1 – Really low light so with the Lee +10 stop and the ND Grad we ran a 4 min test and upped the iso to 160. The final exposure was 3mins 20 seconds, leaving us with an amazing red/amber sunrise sky with just enough light on the rocks and surf.

Hamish Scott-Brown

Professional Photographer / Co-founder & workshop leader