Mornings. I hate them!

Seriously, I don’t understand morning people. How do you wake up feeling ‘peachy’? Is it something to do with the black arts?

Unfortunately for photographers, the light in the morning is amazing. While I was staying in Tinui, as per my previous post – my goal was to wake up early for a sunrise at Castlepoint beach. Alarm set for 5:30 and a cold Red Bull ready in the fridge, I went to bed absolutely dreading getting up in the morning.

When the morning came, for some reason my alarm didn’t go off. Somehow I managed to wake up only 15 minutes later than I had planned. Shower. Clothes. Red Bull. Car. I was on my way. I have to admit, the temptation to roll over and go back to sleep that morning was almost too much.

Of course, I got stuck on a narrow country road doing less than 10km per hour behind a tractor pulling a boat. I could see the sun starting to rise in the distance and some great colours in the sky. I was really stressed, getting up so early cannot possible be for nothing. The car was almost still rolling as I grabbed my bag and tripod and went sprinting to the beach. The colours had gone, but the early morning light was fantastic all the same.

After taking a couple of versions of this panoramic I climbed up to the lighthouse and the sun was still very dramatic. I got up there pretty quickly hoping to make the most of it. I tried a couple of compositions. Some shots with a single frame, some with a couple, and a couple of wider ones. Then repeated, but with the top of the lighthouse much higher than the horizon which I felt balanced the image much better. The final shot I went for was two shots stitched together from my Sigma 20mm prime.

The next shot I really wanted to bag was on the rocks by the lagoon. I took an early afternoon shot here last year. I always wanted to get back for a sunrise or a sunset in the same place though. While the shot could of done with some people like the previous shot, I pretty much had the place to myself.

I was pretty much ready to jump back in the car and drive back, but I still had some time left before the family woke up, so I decided to go on a little hike. I’m glad I did as this was the view from the track:

Mission complete, and all before 9:30 am. Time for an icecream on the way home.

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