Weekend Wanderings: Early Morning Trip to Point Lonsdale
This past Tuesday Christine Wilson and I headed out again to take photos. This time we decided to go to Point Lonsdale, she hadn’t been there before, but I had on a few occasions. Then we thought, hey let’s get there before sunrise, which for right now meant getting up at 3am to be out of the house by 4am. I’m not the type of person who likes to rush, I like to have time to get ready, to make sure I have everything. So when 4am came around off I left. I met Chris just over the Westgate Bridge and then we took my car to Point Lonsdale, stopping for a coffee along the way.
We knew as we were getting closer that we weren’t going to get much of sunrise, you could tell, there just weren’t enough clouds and really not enough colour. As we were arriving a massive ship was going through the heads to Port Melbourne. I love seeing the big ships going in and out. We saw three the time we were there.
There was some colour but the main reason we were there were to do some long exposures. I got a Lee Big Stopper and was experimenting with it. It seemed to work fine, but it doesn’t really fit the Cokin Filter holder properly, so I might have to get a proper Lee Holder, am searching for that now. I’ve been getting stuff from the B&H, but it can take such a long time to get here, just over 3 weeks. You can get stuff from the UK in a week, but from the US 5 weeks is nothing. I might have to do some internet searching. The Cokin one would be fine if the little nodules it has at the bottom could be pressed in so the front of the filter was flat, but you can only put filters in a certain distance and they get stuck.
The early morning light is so lovely to work with. I love how it hits everything, and we are almost at the time of year where a nice early morning will give some beautiful golden light here. I think it happens around Autumn. There was some on this morning, but not much.
I had to take photos of the lighthouse too. It is something I really enjoy about Point Lonsdale is that there are a few things to photograph, you can do the pier, the lighthouse and then there are lots of rocks as well.
I have been here a few times to take photos, but never when the tide was so far out. It was incredible what was revealed when it went out. Rocks everywhere. I switched to my wide angle and tried getting some shots from different angles. It really was getting too late in the day here, the sun was bright and the light was really bright, but it was fun. We got there at 6am, left at around 1pm, though we did go into town for breakfast for an hour and half, so you can see there is a lot there to photograph.
My long exposures were disappointing, I found out too late that my lens was dirty, I got some horrible light marks on my images and so had to convert to black and white. I was kicking myself, especially after that post on mistakes we make, well, here is one for me, I must remember to clean my gear more often. I was so particular about keeping the filters clean, I didn’t even think to check my camera.
For those that don’t know where Point Lonsdale is, here is a map for you.
We had a great morning, the weather was gorgeous, the only real problem we had were other people. There were lots of people around, which was natural considering what a gorgeous summer day it was. People were swimming, but I think it was too cold for that, still, it was sunny. The clouds weren’t really moving enough for long exposures, still, we both know what is there, and I’m sure we will go back. Maybe next time spend the night, so it is easier to get up early.
I have a gallery of the images, I hope you can see what a beautiful day it was. I hope you have plans for the weekend. I have Social Snappers tomorrow, we are doing one end of Bourke Street to the other, which should be quite interesting, lots of architecture.