23 February 2011


An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

I spent a very pleasant day with friends who live on the Central Coast (just north of Sydney). Apart from the great conversations and food, I also took the opportunity to catch some snaps.

I normally take photos early morning/late evening because I love the colours and light and moodiness at that time. But, since I was driving up early in the afternoon, I decided to try something different. I was looking for colour against a plain background or some small colourful detail.

I was taking some photos of white sailing boats against dark green hills and dark blue water when I saw a couple take out their small, brightly-coloured sailing boat. This was exactly what I was looking for.

Flying colours, Koolewong

I also found an old dinghy tied up to some mooring posts besides an old boat. I couldn't resist the colours, reflections, and the lazy, laid-back feeling (see Mooring Post, Empire Bay). My wife commented, "You love those posts, don't you!" I guess she's right as I frequently take photos of mooring posts - I love the simplicity and the guaranteed reflection in the water.

I had had a wonderful meal with my friends at Yum Yum Eatery in Hardys Bay (No, I'm not being paid for this endorsement), even though I was constantly checking to see if there were any good photo opportunities. I sometimes find it hard to to the "photographer" off.

The following morning I was up before dawn in order to drive to Terrigal - I just love the place - for pre-dawn photos. The sky finally played its part and produced wonderful colours.

Abstract Dawn, Terrigal

But the photo of the weekend was an accident. I was editing all the photos I'd taken and applied the changes from one photo to another with a surprising result:

The Sentinel, Terrigal

I am amazed at how a simple set of changes (high Black setting and a high White Balance temperature) could create such a difference.

Here's the original for comparison:

It was a wonderfully productive photographic weekend. But above all, it was serendipitous - I could not have planned for the sailing boat or my "mistake".

You can catch all the new photos in the following galleries:
Or you can see them all in Recent and All. Enjoy!

06 February 2011

Terrigal changes

Sorry (not!) about the terrible pun in the title ("terrible changes").


  1. I've put this blog under the same address as the web site. So the address is now blog.Gracious-Light.com. This keeps the photos and blog as effectively one site.
  2. You can get to the photos, the Facebook page, and the home page of the blog from the links on the right-hand side. Also, you can get to the photos by clicking on the "Gracious-Light.com" title.
  3. I've added a page (see the tabs under the "Gracious-Light.com" title at the top of the page) for my gear. I moved the post on this topic to a page so that it's easier to get to.
  4. !!Important!! I'll be stopping the email advices. So you must sign up to the Email Subscription on the left-hand side of the blog to continue getting updates.


(See Coastal and Art galleries)
I visited Terrigal again, specifically to take more wave shots. This time I had my 2x teleconverter with me, so I could keep my distance from the rock ledge. Which was just as well as the tide was up and I ended up standing in water up to my ankles.

You may be asking "Is that what the waves actually looked like?" The answer is "No". I've increased the saturation on the photos to bring out the colours. Wave 6 is quite close to what I saw, but the others are a lot more colourful in my versions.
Wave 6, Terrigal
I also changed Under Water quite a bit to give it the feeling of being underwater, which is why it's also in the Art gallery.

I fell in love with the reflections (1-, 2-, 3-Cracked reflection) and decided they worked best as a set of three. Note, they are actually all the same photo, but with different white balance settings and rotated.

Train lines

I went to work earlier than usual one morning and was taken by the train lines and overhead wires reflecting the summer sun at sunrise. So I went back to the station the next clear morning and took this photo. I'm constantly surprised by the occasional beauty of things that at other times are simply plain and messy.

Dawn Tracks, Blacktown