These guys take their sandcastle building very seriously. Surfers Paradise's beaches need constant maintenance.
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Surfers Paradise Festival fireworks over the water at the beach - awesome.
Just before setting off on my Surfers Paradise to Ipswich ride (106km), I sat and watched the beach for a bit. This is a still frame taken from video, for my One Second Per Day project.
This is the only evidence I have of my first 10km run - this was taken 5km from starting point. I then took a wrong turn and ended up running two km further than intended.
So much of the iconic Surfers Paradise beach has washed away. It may not have been the best beach in the world but it's really well known and was still pretty sweet to visit. I hope they can fix it up.
On the Esplanade at Surfers.
On the Esplanade at Surfers.
Gold Coast's beaches have been eroding for a while now, and with this week's terrible weather, they have taken quite a beating. All beaches at Miami and Nobby Beach are shut for the time being as there is now a sizable gap between the beach access steps and the sand!
I set up the camera on tripod with a minute delay, and hopped down to the sand to for this photo. I called it off about two minutes in because I was getting bitten on my head by mozzies!
I remember these steps from when a group of us stayed at Coolangatta in 2000 (Beach House!). (Actually this is a ramp that has been added since then - the steps were too well-lit.) I set the camera up on tripod and a 30 second delay, then walked down into frame with the light saber during the 3 minute exposure.
On holiday on the Gold Coast, which gave me an opportunity to head up here at night and take a long exposure facing north. With a ten minute exposure, I wanted to capture a picture of the water smoothed out.
We stayed in an apartment at the Gold Coast for the weekend. It wasn't much of a holiday: Evelyn was sick and Lui was studying all weekend. I also forgot my tripod, so for this shot I went hand-held.
This was shot using the the infrared and polarising filter stacked together (for darkest sky). This was a 4 minute exposure. There was a surf championship on at Kirra, though the surfers didn't sit still long enough to feature. I have been experimenting with a hack for my camera (400plus). It has a few features like extended exposure bracketing (9 shot), with any length of exposure (instead of the 30 second maximum). It didn't work as I expected it to, but it did go straight to the maximum exposure that I set. I'm sure I just need to read the manual again. I was actually trying to do an HDR as well but it was quite windy and the shots didn't line up (it works okay without it anyway).
We took Evelyn down to the beach at sunset for some sand playing and portraits. Lui built up a big line of sandcastles and Evelyn took particular joy in demolishing every one of them. I've been trying to get a photo of this decisive moment for a while now! It takes luck and time.
Staying at an apartment up the Sunshine Coast, I thought it would be a great time to get some night-time beach shots. I've also never tried a long exposure of water before. I didn't have my tripod so had to rely on leaning the camera on a railing (using a pen for tilt). I did have my cable release but forgot about it!
I took a day in lieu and took Evelyn on a trip to the beach. I had plans to get a photo of her little feet in the sand, which proved to be quite a moving target.
Lui, Evelyn, James and I went to see Bob - Grandfather and great-grandfather. Lui researched on ye olde internet and found this place at Palm Beach that was well regarded for food and being child-friendly. I already remember the place as being a great location, but there have been some improvements since I last visited (the cafe being one).
Today we all went for a drive to visit my family from Dad's side, so they could meet young Evelyn. This was at Burleigh Heads - stopped for a feed and change, as you do. A photographer there helped me with some tips, and suggested this pose.
Work trip to Byron Bay - stayed for the afternoon. Lookout south at dusk.
Work trip to Byron Bay - stayed for the afternoon. These are surfers heading back after their dip.
Work trip to Byron Bay - stayed for the afternoon. Looking south from the lighthouse.