Going with the flow

posted on 16th of june, 2009

Sometimes light has its own ideas and abandoning preconceived ideas of a trip can have a big pay off.

A few weeks ago I headed over to North Stradbroke Island (Straddie) with a tent and my camera gear. The idea was to shoot star trails over the weekend of the new moon. The skies had other things in store for me.

On the ferry over clouds started appearing. By the time I'd caught the bus from the ferry terminal at Dunwich over to Point Lookout the heavens had opened up - I didn't even have a raincoat!

After a slippery walk down to Deadman's Beach I located a spot on the dunes with trees for cover. My star trail idea was looking bleak, but at least in the breaks between rain the sun was lighting up the clouds in some pretty surreal colours.

I got up a number of times that night when the rain stopped, but the break never lasted long enough for any sort of night shots. However, the morning presented me with the scene in the image above - yet another storm approaching my fragile tent, but with the most awesome sunrise colours accompanying it. Even if I'd not captured anything else on that trip, this would have been enough to make the trip and the wetness all worthwhile.

Comments (6)

Comment by Amyemilia on June 18, 2009

Persistence pays off, and you got a beautiful shot!

Comment by EmeraldUmbrellaStudio on June 17, 2009

great shot and great sky

Comment by Marilyngould on June 17, 2009

All it takes is that one special photo that makes all the discomfort worthwhile! You certainly captured a splendid shot, well done!

Comment by Noonie on June 17, 2009

Great feeling in that one, glad you toughed it out! :-)

Comment by Starblue on June 17, 2009

Beautiful image, nature is a gorgeous model... happy to see that you were awarded with such beautiful scenery. Good luck with these beautiful images!

Comment by Wildmac on June 16, 2009

Beautiful image :0) Positive people will always get a good image when all the negative people have packed up and gone home. The people who are willing to put up with the cold, the rain, the heat etc just in case they might get a least one shot, are the ones that are going to succeed in their photography. They will get the most unusual or striking shots. Keep going. Have a great day :0)

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