Swansea Sunset Relics

I had a photoshoot scheduled in Swansea yesterday afternoon but it was cancelled at the last minute. Unfortunately I was already in Swansea when I got the call so rather than just go back home I decided to shoot the sunset instead.

Originally I was going to go on to Caves Beach for the sunset but on the way I found the remains of this little pier hidden behind some houses. I loved the decay and texture and some silly litterbug had even left a bike in the water too.

I spent all of golden hour in that spot and it was a lot of fun. Ironically I used to go to Swansea quite often while we lived at Caves Beach but I’d never shot here before. I guess it shows how sometimes you need to look at somewhere with new eyes to really see it.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Belmont Sunset

Beautiful sunset over the lake at Belmont yesterday evening. There were some very interesting cloud formations and at one stage a plane went across as well, leaving a trail in its wake. It was a lovely sunset.

I decided to shoot a couple of panoramas to capture a bit of a different, wider perspective. Panoramas can be quite tricky to stitch with water but these ones came out well and they work well with the other shots.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Honeysuckle Drive Photowalk

The photography group I run went for a photowalk along Honeysuckle Drive in Newcastle last weekend. It’s one of my very favourite parts of Newcastle, with so much character and fantastic views, and the walk was a lot of fun.

I did the walk as a photo challenge as well. My challenge was to use a 50mm lens which isn’t my favourite focal length for this kind of a shoot – I love a 50mm for portraits but I prefer something a bit wider like a 35mm for street and environmental photography. So it was definitely a challenge but I like how the photos came out overall.

I did both colour and black & white edits as I enjoyed the contrast between them and I wanted to do something a bit different with editing as well. I hope you like them.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Avocado

Life is like
An avocado:
Sometimes it is bitter,
Sometimes sweet

An avocado shot up close with extension tubes and a 50mm lens. I like the texture of avocados, I’ve often thought they’d be interesting to shoot up close. I shot them wide-open for a bit of a dreamy look as well.

Photos and haiku © CJ Levinson 2019

Sunset at Pelican

The sky catches fire:
My eyes search the horizon
For your gentle face

The photo group I run met at Pelican last Sunday. I was excited for the shoot as it’s one of my very favourite spots to shoot around Lake Macquarie and not many people had shot there before. When the conditions are right it can be a real gem.

So I was hoping we’d get a beautiful sunset and it didn’t disappoint! Once the sun had just dipped below the horizon, the sky became this incredible canvas of blue, orange, yellow and purple. We all got some nice shots and I was very happy with how these long exposures came out.

There was also a beautiful crescent moon which I managed to get a shot of afterwards. I don’t tend to shoot the moon when it’s not full, this reminded me I should do it more often. The slither of light against the darkness is quite striking.

Photos and haiku © CJ Levinson 2019

Catherine Hill Bay Under the Stars

I went with a friend to shoot some astrophotography at Catherine Hill Bay recently. It’s one of the few spots near Newcastle that’s almost entirely dark, with very little light pollution, so it’s great for the stars and the Milky Way.

I was a little worried it was going to cloud over before the shoot but luckily it stayed very clear and we managed to capture the Milky Way in all its beauty. We also caught the moon rising – it was so bright it almost looks like a sunrise!

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019