Dusk 1/9/19

Gold light
Spills across the lake
As the sun sets
On the first day of Spring

Lovely dusk light over the Belmont Baths this afternoon. I almost didn’t go down for the sunset but I’m glad I did. It was a beautiful end to the day and a great way to start Spring.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2019

Stockton Sunset

The sun
Sets fire to the sky
Like a dragon
Scorching the horizon

The setting sun as seen from Stockton. Most of the sunset wasn’t that special but the sky turned a lovely orange for a few moments just before it started to disappear. I was lucky enough to get this shot just as it did.

Photo and haiqua © 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

Belmont Jetty at Dusk

A purple and yellow sky
Dotted with clouds
Marks the end
Of a long day

This is from a couple of weeks ago, by the new Belmont Baths. I’m really enjoying exploring the baths and jetty, there are a lot of fantastic opportunities for photos, particularly now there are less people around.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2019

Between Speers Point and Warners Bay

Walking by the water
The sun on my back
A breeze on my face:
Peace

This shot is from a couple of weeks ago. I was actually walking in the opposite direction but noticed how beautiful the light was and swung around in time to capture this moment. It’s easy to forget to look behind you but sometimes that’s where the best shots are.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2019

Lightning over the Lake

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A bright streak
Flashes across the sky
Lighting up the night
And your eyes

We had an amazing, fairly sudden storm this evening. It had been overcast most of the day but the thunder and lightning still seemed to come without warning. Luckily I was nearly home when it started and so I grabbed my camera and tripod and hurried down to the lake to try to get some shots.

Lightning is tricky to photograph and it took some experimentation – you’d think you’d want to use a high shutter speed to freeze the strike but because lightning is so unpredictable, I find you actually have to go the opposite way and use a slow shutter speed to give yourself more time to capture a good strike. Working out exactly how long though is a bit of trial and error so it can be fiddly and if it’s a short burst, you might not get anything at all.

I really like how this one came out though. It was a 25 second exposure which is about the sweet spot I find, particularly at night. I’ve taken a few lightning shots before but since moving to Belmont I’ve always wanted to get a dramatic one over the lake. I guess that’s one thing I can check off the bucket list now. 😀

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2019