Trip to Aussie Sunshine State – Gold Coast (Part 1 of 2)

19/11/2012 – Day 1

Took budget flight Scoot to Gold Coast on the night of 18 November 2012 and arrived on the following morning 8 am.  Met at the airport by my son and headed straight to Currumbin Beach to recce the place for sunrise shoot for the following morning as it was still early to check-in at our rented accommodation, The Hill Apartment.  Then went to Surfer Paradise for lunch before checking into our apartment at about 1:30 pm.  Here are some of the shots taken on that bright and sunny day.

Path leading out to the rocks pool at Currumbin Beach.

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach

Currumbin Beach

View of the mouth of Currumbin Creek from The Hill Apartment.

One of 2 parakeets called at our apartment balcony.

Feeding on bread crumbs.

Another bird, looked like our mynah, paid a visit too.

The rest of the afternoon was spent recuperating in the apartment from the 7.5 hours flight before heading over to Surfer Paradise again.  Unaware to us, the place was crowded as a Schoolies event was held there in conjunction with the start of the summer vacation.

Schoolies event held at Surfer Paradise in conjunction with the start of summer vacation.

Schoolies having a great time and posing for the camera.

20/11/2012 – Day 2

Woke up around 4 am to catch the sunrise, which was freaking early during summer,  at Currumbin Beach.  Arrived there around 4:30 am and the sky was already glowing.

Sunrise @Currumbin Beach.

Sunrise @Currumbin Beach.

Sunrise @Currumbin Beach.

Sunrise @Currumbin Beach.

Sunrise @Currumbin Beach.

Sunrise @Currumbin Beach.

Sunrise @Currumbin Beach.

Sunrise @Currumbin Beach.

 

Sunrise @Currumbin – Differently processed this one with Photoshop instead of just ACR Editor.

Finished shooting slightly past 5 am and went back to bed after the early sunrise shoot and woke up around 10 am when the stomach started to growl.  Spent the afternoon at Warner Bros Movie World and here are some snapshots taken inside the theme park.  The park wasn’t really huge and we were done by 3 pm.  Stopped by Harbour Town on our way home for some groceries shopping.  There were 2 shops, I believe run by Asians, that offered very competitive prices for fresh produces.

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

Warner Bros Movie World

In the evening, back to Currumbin Beach for sunset shoot.

Sunset @Currumbin Beach

Sunset @Currumbin Beach

Sunset @Currumbin Beach

Sunset @Currumbin Beach

21/11/2012 – Day 3

Woke up at 2:30 am and left the apartment at 3 am.  Took an hour drive southward to Byron Bay to catch the sunrise, which was freaking early at 4:45 am during the summer.  However, the hard work didn’t pay off.  Weather was gloomy with thick overcast and light drizzle, wind was strong and freezing cold.  Only when the sun was up high before it warmed up.

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Bryon lighthouse for sunrise but weather was gloomy and freaking windy and cold.

Byron Bay viewed from the cliff above.

Watching sunrise @Byron Bay.

Planned to visit Natural Bridge at Springbrook National Park but didn’t realized that the park was huge and have several sections.  Without the exact location initially, we drove up and down hill, and finally still ended up at the wrong place at the Mt Cougal Section.  And since we were there, we took a walk along the short trail.

Springbrook National Park’s Mt Cougal Section.

An abandoned sawmill.

With our GPS outdated map unable to gave us the exact location of Natural Bridge, we had to drive around to find a spot that had good mobile phone coverage to make use of Google Map.  After checking on Google Map, then we realized that Springbrook Natural Park was huge with several sections.  Natural Bridge is just west of Cougal Section but there is no road to cut across the hill and forest.  We had to head east back to Pacific Motorway and then drove north till Nerang before going south on Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, a big loop from where we were.  Here are a few shots of this natural wonder.

Natural Bridge @Springbrook National Park.

Natural Bridge @Springbrook National Park.

Natural Bridge @Springbrook National Park.

The creek that feeds water down to the cave below. Water trickles down only as it was dry summer season.

Since we had to do the dig loop on our way home too and passed by Lake Advancetown, we visited Hinze Dam before calling it a day.  This dam was built so as to provide sufficient water for Brisbane.

Hinze Dam @Lake Advancetown.

Hinze Dam @Lake Advancetown.

Hinze Dam @Lake Advancetown.

Hinze Dam @Lake Advancetown.

Hinze Dam @Lake Advancetown.

Hinze Dam @Lake Advancetown.

To be continue on Part 2 of 2.

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~ by grbenji on 08/12/2012.

9 Responses to “Trip to Aussie Sunshine State – Gold Coast (Part 1 of 2)”

  1. That’s super awesome! Really enjoyed your photography. Could you kindly share the settings (roughly as a quick guide) that you used for the sun rise and the seaside landscape (particularly pic 7 with flowy waves)? Would like to learn that, thanks! 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind words.

      For sunrise and sunset, exposure changes fairly quickly within the 30-40 mins window of opportunity, so difficult give you a specific settings. To achieve the silky water/wave, you can experiment with shutter setting between 1/10s to 10s or more as it also depends on the speed of the water movement (Need to have wave crash into rocks to get the silky effect). The longer the exposure, the more flat the water surface will be. Of course the combine settings of shutter, aperture and ISO will have to take in account of the fast changing ambient lighting during sunrise and sunset.

      Pic 7 is actually a HDR, pic 6 is the non HDR of a similar shot.

      Hope above helps.

      • It certainly helps. The difference between the HDR vs non-HDR is amazing. Thanks for the tips on the wave crash with silky effect, I will experiment it when I have the chance. Recently started to experiment on night shots, using exposure around 20 to 30s, and i’m fascinated with the trail of lights create by the moving cars. Photography is so much fun and god knows what I have missed out in my early days! LOL

      • In this digital era, there isn’t any extra cost in shooting more. Experimenting is one good way to learn, just plan before hand what you wish to try. I love shooting night scene too with all the lights on.

  2. Could you also share what software you use for editing? I’m currently using photoshop elements, thanks

    • I use Photoshop CS6 and edit from RAW.

      • I see, thanks. Don’t mind me asking another question which I hope you could advise. I know you have Canon Speedlite range of flashes but I’m looking at cheaper alternatives such as Nissin and Yongnuo. Would like to hear your professional views on the latter models if you have personally compared all these models against Canon. I’m aware that it is not fair to compare the cheaper brands with Canon and this is not meant as an insult as I’m a fanboy of Canon too. It’s just a cost comparison measure given a certain budget. Thanks a lot.

      • There are always these few concerns when comes to 3rd party flashes:
        1. Compatibility with future new bodies is the main concern.
        2. Reliability, though many new 3rd party flashes are pretty reliable nowadays.

        If you are purely using it as manual flash, then shouldn’t be an issue.

      • Thanks bro. Good advice! Have a great evening 🙂

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