Tag Archives: Seascape

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.

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!

Maroubra Headland (yet another point of view)

North Maroubra Headland – 18mm, ISO 100, 1/3 sec, f22

This week the theme is getting another point of view. Actually this morning was so lovely, the difficulty was finding a shot which did not have another photographer with their tripod.

Hope you enjoy it.

Finding a new point of view (Mahon Pool)

Mahon Pool, North Maroubra – 18mm, ISO 100, 1.3sec, f22

When photographing in the local area I find  a new or different point of view is all you need to get a completely different take on a scene.

This photo of one of my favorite spots, north Maroubra.