Cape Byron sunrise

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A very touristy thing to do in Byron Bay is to visit the Byron Bay lighthouse, located on Cape Byron, the most easterly point of mainland Australia. Most tourists visit during the day, many at sunset but very few bother to get up early in the morning for the sunrise. We did.

Heavy cloud cover meant we were all but to miss out on the daily sun ritual. Few people who arrived around the same time as us have left, as the rain started to drizzle. On the horizon the sun was rising behind the clouds quite quickly. At one point it reached a position where a it could shine through a gap between the clouds. This is the moment I have captured this photograph.

The curtain of sun rays between the clouds and the ocean surface and a strong, but not overpowering reflection of the sun disk on the water created a beautiful spectacle. It lasted only couple of minutes.

View from Cape Byron

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We returned to the Byron Bay lighthouse in the evening just before the sunset. And while most of the people tried to photographed the last rays of the sun for the day I have noticed a nicely layered view to North-West of Byron Bay, resulting in this photograph.

Delicate transition from one layer of hills to another and than the sky features are deceptively difficult to photograph well. Often the highlights will be blown, or trying to remedy that the who picture ends up under exposed. It helps to know what feature you should base your exposure level upon. The good part is than in a scene like that it is relatively easy to find a natural “18% gray” point.