This morning felt like one of the warmest sunrises we have had this Winter, the sun is moving back down the coast, the days are getting longer, water is warming up, yet there are still very few people down at the beach soaking up the early morning sun rays.
I arrived down at the beach at around 6:20am this morning (22nd July 2015) some 35 minutes prior to sunrise on a cool morning in the middle of winter. Most spectacular sunrises that I have witnessed over the past 7 years have only lasted a few minutes and if I am not quick I will miss the opportunity to capture it.
This morning was a very unusual sunrise, it started off with a red haze on the horizon, as I walked down onto the beach to ensure I wouldn't miss the swimmers going into the water for the day it started to change. The swimmers came out of the surf club towards me and I was hoping the colour wouldn't change too much, I managed to get this photo after a few attempts. Thinking that the colour may not last I began to walk north towards the pool. The colour and cloud patterns kept on changing when I got to the pool, I managed to snap a few good shots and decided to post this image as the colours just stood out.
I looked behind and everyone had their mobile phones out taking photos of this amazing sunrise, I was with my mate Ben who was down there carrying on like a little boy in a lolly shop, he couldn't believe his luck, he had his camera with him and made a comment to me "I have enough photos to last me all year now" It is mornings like this morning's sunrise that I realise how fortunate I am to be able to come down to the beach and watch the sun rise.
I try my hardest to come down to the beach each morning to see the sun rise, some people come down to go for a walk or run to stay fit, many go in the water to catch a wave to clear their mind for the day ahead. Others come here to exercise to keep their mind and bodies healthy. I am still trying to work out why I get out of a warm winters bed to walk on the beach in the cold, I guess I enjoy sharing my experience at sunrise with those that are less fortunate than others, I like to jump on my phone and do a quick 5 minute live broadcast over Periscope or on a Google hangout, snap some pictures of others starting their day, but I'm not one to be in front of a lens, I think it's a photographer thing, we would much rather stand there with one eye shut peeping through our lenses and showing you what the world looks like through our eyes.
Not many people on the beach at 6:30am this morning, may have been too cold, 7c?
So a little walk around the area to see who is around and in-between a few Periscope broadcasts I went back to Cronulla beach to see if I could get a few snaps of the 7:30am group going in for their daily swim. They asked me when I was going to start swimming with them and I quickly replied that I was not crazy enough yet.
Even on the coldest of days its the perfect time for some father and son time. Taken this morning Tuesday 30th June 2015 on North Cronulla beach on a brisk 10c Winters day.
Sometimes the mood we are in really suits the frame.
Well here we are into another week in Sydney and the weather forecast is for rain all week, luckily the bad weather did not show this morning, neither did the sun but there was still a little blue sky around.