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Getting up early to catch a sunrise is one of my favourite ways to start a weekend. I love the thrill of trying to capture a magnificent sunrise, and I find the solitude of a deserted beach at dawn very peaceful. The down side is of course having to wake up early, and as I like a good sleep-in on the weekends, it can be tough to get up on the first alarm!

A couple of weeks ago I woke early on a Saturday and drove south for an hour and a half to Fingal Head, on the coast of Northern New South Wales. This little spit of basalt columns is popular with daring fishermen, who brave the often rough and tumultuous seas to cast a line and catch some breakfast. On this morning the dawn was brief; as soon as the sun was above the horizon it was very glary and the conditions were not the best for photography. Still, I am very happy with one of my images from the morning; a composite of 3 images taken with a Canon 24mm TS-E L II Tilt-Shift lens.

After catching the sunrise and deciding to head home, I was still looking to take a few more shots, and so I decided to take a detour to Springbrook National Park to photograph some of the waterfalls and streams. With the recent rains the water in the creeks was up and flowing very nicely; I was fortunate enough to capture some images of gorgeous scenery. The rocks sure were slippery though, and once the sun was a little higher in the sky, the rainforest air was thick with humidity. My shirt was dripping with sweat and my legs were aching from the long hike when I returned to the car, almost 10 hours since I left home. I sure was looking forward to the first coffee of the day!

Here are a few of my favourite images from the excursion.

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