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14 Dec

Sculpture by the Sea 2011

In Uncategorized by pauldwade / December 14, 2011 / 0 Comments

Every year in around November the outdoor Sculpture by the Sea festival takes over the Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk with amazing, quirky, abstract and beautiful sculptures. I’ve missed it for the last couple of years but this time made the effort to get up at 5am and head down for a dawn shoot. Despite the early start there was already plenty of visitors and many photographers, probably because it was the last weekend.

Steel Dawn

I was hoping for a gorgeous sunrise as a backdrop but unfortunately some offshore fog prevented the sun from appearing. However the conditions did  provide a moodier feel and as the sun rose higher in the sky, shades of pink and orange started to appear in the clouds. One of the most popular sculptures was a giant tap (faucet for my American readers) facing the ocean, it required much patience to try and get images without anyone creeping into them.

Ocean Tap

I also took the opportunity to dabble with some handheld HDR. The image below was created using 5 handheld exposures and HDR Efex Pro.

Shoreline HDR

All of the images can be found in the set on Flickr, you can also buy selected prints, posters, greeting cards and more from my RedBubble portfolio. If there’s an image you love but it isn’t on RedBubble then just contact me and I’ll sort it out for you.

07 Sep

Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands

In Uncategorized by pauldwade / September 7, 2009 / 0 Comments

Whitehaven RockAirlie Beach and Whitsunday Islands Trip, August 2009

A couple of weeks ago I headed up to Airlie Beach with my friend Zdenek as a little post birthday treat. Airlie Beach is known as the gateway to the Whitsundays, a group of islands just off the coast of Queensland which feature spectacular scenery, clear blue sea and white sandy beaches.

We stayed at the Summit Apartments in a fantastic 2 bed place overlooking Airlie, however the view meant it was on a hill which was a bitch to walk up, even going down wasn’t that easy, still worth it though. The weather for the week was fantastic, blue skies and sunny every day. We did a bit of cycling, hiked up small moutain, went out on a boat trip round the islands with a bit of snorkelling and lunch on Whitehaven Beach, and went Sea Kayaking.

The area is such a great place for photography and I made the most of the new Sigma 10-20mm Ultra Wide Angle lens I bought for my birthday. The last time I visited it was a little cloudy and dull so this time is was great to see the islands, beaches and water bathed in sunshine, a very nice, relaxing 5 day break.

06 Aug

Sunny Sunday afternoon stroll in Bondi

In Uncategorized by pauldwade / August 6, 2009 / 0 Comments


Last Sunday was another sunny winter’s day and I hadn’t been down to Bondi for a while so jumped on the scooter and went down for a stroll. It’s still not quite warm enough for many to venture into the sea other than the surfers, but in the sun it was t-shirt weather. I wandered around part of the Bondi to Bronte walk taking photos back toward Bondi on the way.

I also took the opportunity to try out my new Sigma 10-20mm Ultra Wide Zoom lens, it’s great for landscapes and with the polariser filter the colours just look fantastic (if I say so myself!). Here’s to heading back to the beach in summer…..go take a look at the full set of photos.

05 Nov

Sculpture by the Sea

In Uncategorized by pauldwade / November 5, 2008 / 0 Comments


Every year around this time one of the most famous suburbs of Sydney hosts Sculpture by the Sea. The exhibition is outdoors and runs the length of the Bondi to Bronte walk which is about 3km and hugs the side and tops of the cliffs and beaches which form the route. I visited on the last day and as expected it was ridiculously busy as everyone turned up at the last minute.

The subjects were pretty varied ranging from strange abstract shapes, to huge rocks wrapped in fabric, to something a little more identifiable such the dogs above. Unfortunately it was a bit of a dull cloudy day so the light was a bit flat. Because of this some photoshop work has been done to bring out the colours and there’s a bit of cropping too. Visit flickr for the full set.