Category Archives: Seascape

Bronte Beach by Night

This is a beautiful place by day and I would say even more so by night.

Bronte by Night-1522


Moonrise at a searchlight blockhouse

Moonrise from the searchlight block house. ISO 100, 60sec, f11, 18mm

This was the third in the series of five searchlight blockhouse photos that was shown at the local photo club.

The two that make up the five I used for the set have been posted here before and are below.

Malabar Bay searchlight blockhouse

Malabar Headland Searchlight blockhouse – ISO 3200, 60sec, f11, 200mm

This is the second in the series of “five on a theme” images I showed at the local photo club recently

The theme I chose were the searchlight blockhouses at the Malabar Headland.

This one was originally shot in color and, as there was no moon that night, was lit from across the bay where I was shooting by the Malabar sea pool floodlight.

I was shooting into the dark using 3200 ISO  adjusting the framing based on the image in the review screen after the exposure.

I like the grain effect, I think it adds to the overall feel of the photo.

A 1939 searchlight blockhouse

Malabar Headland southern light blockhouse – ISO 100, 121 sec, f8

Its been a while since my last post but here we go with a few photos on a theme.

These next few photo posts got a positive reception at the local photo club. The competition was ‘five on a theme’, where as the title suggests, we had to submit five photos on one theme. I chose to focus on the Malabar Headland north and south searchlight blockhouses. I will only be posting four new photos because regular followers will have seen one of the five before – see here .

If you live in New South Wales, and are interested in meeting people with a similar passion in photography, I would highly recommend attending your local photography club. Most have competition and regular information nights which are fantastic learning opportunities, you get immediate feedback and best of all they are full of people who love to share information from years and years of practice and passion. Follow this link for more information.

For my set of photos, I wanted to tell the Malabar searchlight blockhouse story – not many people know they exist let alone realise the part they played in Sydney’s naval defence during world war II. To leave people with no doubt about what these decaying structures were used for, my first photo attempts to capture feel and look of how they would have appeared back in 1939.

Do you think the photo works? Could I have done it better?

At first the judge’s eye was taken by the blown out highlight in the box – highlights like these are considered a no no in photos as they do tend to draw the eye’s attention but have no detail of interest. My intention for it was to emphasise the intensity of the light and he seemed to think, on this occasion,  it worked because it was consistent with the story of the photo.

What do you think?

Movie sets, Bridges, Boats and Islands

Bare Island (B&W) – 18mm, ISO 100, 4sec, f22

Bare Island, in the northern part of Botany Bay, was named when the explorer Captain James Cook remarked – that’s ‘a small bare island’

Bare Island, now a museum, has a checkered history. In 1877, a fort to protect Sydney from sea attacks was build on the Island. In 1902, the fort was decommissioned and in 1912, it became a retirement home for war veterans from the Crimea, Sudan and China campaigns. In the 1960s, it was given over to the State government Wildlife Service for use as a museum, which remains is current role.

But there is one part of the Island’s history that few people, apart from locals, know about.

Well, Bare Island is a major film star, and if you are into action films there is a good chance you would have seen this one.

A co-star was none other than Tom Cruise.

Are you finding it Impossible to guess?

Ok Ok, it was Mission Impossible II.

Does this look familiar? If not have a look at this, or this (from the 3:33 to the 3:45 mark) – did you recognise the Island or the Bridge?

Yep, the Malabar headland was also used in the Movie and featured in the motorcycle chase scene, (see from 1:42 to about 2:13 in this clip).

Well that’s it for the history lesson for now, hope you enjoy the photo.

See you at the next post!