South Curl Curl sunrise

31 January 2017 – Not usually one for making new year’s resolutions, there was however one broad goal I set for myself at the start of this year – to be more focused and mindful of how I spend my time. In many ways 2016 was a personal wake up call, with the death of a close relative serving as a stark reminder of how short life really is and how we should be making the most of the time we’ve been given.

Part of that focus for me was in spending more time enjoying nature and catching more sunrises and sunsets. As it turned out, the decision was made easy this morning as I found myself wide awake at 2.30am, courtesy of yet another hot, sleepless night in Sydney. By 4am I was in my car, headed for a place that I had never been to before – the rock pool at South Curl Curl.

There’s something that’s just so calming about being near the ocean. It was nice to see a few swimmers already out doing laps when I arrived, even though my focus was immediately drawn to the jarring tungsten light coming from the pool’s floodlights (which would make photographing the pool a little tricky). Figuring that the lights would probably be on for a bit longer, I decided to head to the rocks at the southern end of the pool before noticing the nice clouds in the photo below (you can view the photos on this post large by clicking on any image).

South Curl Curl sunrise

I returned to the pool a short while later. Though the lights on the pool were still on I figured I may as well do some test long exposures. The slightly strange colour casting caused by the floodlights, along with the heavy amount of sea mist in the air (which you could probably make out in the photo below) added a dreamlike quality to the images below.

South Curl Curl sunrise

South Curl Curl sunrise

As sunrise approached, it was time to head down to the pool and look for angles to shoot from. The sun was slightly muted by the clouds and sea mist, though when it did manage to break through was quite spectacular.

South Curl Curl sunrise

South Curl Curl sunrise

My first visit to South Curly turned out to be a good one, and I can’t wait to visit again soon – yet another beautiful spot to catch a Sydney sunrise.

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