Welcome to Gerroa!

February 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Moving house and settling into a new town can be very time consuming. But I have finally gotten off my butt - I set the alarm clock earlier this morning and headed to Gerroa for sunrise. Gerroa is a magical little town just 5 minutes down the road from Gerringong, with a tidal estuary and a long beach (funnily enough called Seven Mile beach).

I thought I had left it too late when I saw the pink glow from the car, but luckily I had a couple of good spots in mind, so it didn't take me too long to get setup...

Crooked River sunriseCrooked River sunrise, Gerroa This is estuary of Crooked River, looking back towards Gerroa and the beach.

 

Gerroa sunriseGerroa sunrise The colour quickly changed from pinks to warm oranges and yellows, but no less stunning!

 

Seven Mile beach sunriseSeven Mile beach sunrise The sand dunes were nicely sculpted from the recent wind, providing a nice foreground.

 

Seven Mile beach sunriseSeven Mile beach sunrise I actually took this with a black and white shot in mind - the texture of the sand and the sky works well I think.

 

Seven Mile beach sunriseSeven Mile beach sunrise I love the moment when the sun finally peeps over the horizon! I like to get the starburst effect as it does this. TIP: using a smaller aperture (i.e. f16, f22) will give this effect.

I've been experimenting a bit with my post-processing techniques, and I hope to share some more details about that soon. But I'd love to know what you think in the comments below!

I then popped my new 400mm lens on and started wading up the river (lucky it was low tide…) to see what locals were out and about.

 

Royal spoonbillRoyal spoonbill I came across a few royal spoonbills first, sifting around in the silty riverbed for all kinds of goodies.

 

EgretEgret This fella is actually the reason I came down here - I've been seeing these egrets hunting in the river as I've driven past a few times, and it seems I was in luck this morning! I believe this one is a great eastern egret, but they can be a little difficult to differentiate from the other egret sub species.

 

Flying heronFlying heron And finally I caught this white-faced heron coming in to land on a branch. I must say, I am loving the 400mm lens!!!

That's all for now… not a bad morning's work I'd say! Looking forward to your comments :)


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