Love to be by the seaside


Last week I was given an opportunity to spend a night down at St Leonards. I’m teaching a woman there and she kindly offered to let me stay overnight with her.

St Leonards is a great place to visit in the Bellarine Peninsula and close to may other places. I haven’t been there much, but I hope to change that in the near future.

In the morning we got up early and headed down to the pier to see if there was a sunrise. We were greeted with some lovely colours.


While it wasn’t overly cloudy we did get some gorgeous colours. I’m learning enough in Adobe Photoshop these days that I can enhance what I get.


I was reading somewhere recently that sunrises and sunsets are lovely, but you need to have something else in them to make them interesting. Piers at beaches can be so perfect for providing that interest.


Turning away from the sunset can also provide some intriguing images. Just the mood that is set by the sunrise can give great photos. The light is darker, but you can get some very moody images.  I love that light and so do many photographers.

The sunset or sunrise is not the be all and end all, just think about how many other photographers are out there photographing it as well.


This was a little shop on the pier. It is at the start of it, and you can see it is called the Sirens Boathouse Kiosk. I don’t know that it is still open, but it made a great subject for the image. I like how the colours of dawn are reflected on the building as well.

I much prefer sunrise to sunset, though both can be beautiful, but there is something very peaceful about the early hours of the morning.

When you go out to those lovely ends of the day remember to look around and see what else you can photograph.

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  1. Putting the effort in to be up early for a dawn shot Leanne can quite often turn out to be a disappointment on accouint of the particular cloud cover,and colours … this was obviously NOT one of those ! Lovely reflective scenes in more ways than one … a stormy counterpart would be fantastic too 🙂

    1. You have got it there, it is so frustrating when you take the time to get up and you don’t get anything. this was a great morning. Thank you Poppytump, so wonderful to hear from you, I hope you are well and life is treating you well too.

  2. Oh these are gorgeous! My favorite is the second to last one.

    Hey, I tagged you in a writing blog post today, well am about to, for fun. Participate if you feel like it. I know how these chain things can be hard.

  3. The pier looks like it disappears into the ocean in the fourth picture. How cool is that? I do love sunsets, and often the other direction is the best. I took some lovely pictures last night with my iPhone because of the rain clouds that hovered over our valley. If I could just get up early I might get some great sunrise pictures, but I’ll leave those to you! 🙂 I think it must be easier to get up in Australia! 🙂 Have a great day, Leanne. 🙂

    1. I don’t know that it is easier in Australia, but I get early every day really, I don’t go out, but I’m up. Thank you Marsha, sounds like you might have got some interesting shots as well. Thanks, and you too. 😀

    2. I’m just jealous of the gal who took the lessons. I think about your tips every time I take a shot. I’m ready for another lesson.

    1. Thank you Jack, really it is just experimenting and experience, I took a lot photos and these were the ones I liked best.

  4. stunning and yes, they have a wonderful tranquil feeling to them! Mornings……. when there is still calm to be had. 🙂 I quite like the vignetting? ( think that’s what it is) around the perimeters, creating a more intimate feeling to the scene.

    1. That’s a good word for it Debi, tranquil. I like the calmness of it, and have always enjoyed that time of the morning, a moment to get ones thoughts together. Thank you and yes, it is like vignetting.

  5. Leanne, I too, have thought about the difference between morning and evening sunsets. I think they have different tonal values due the temperature and humidity of the air. In the morning the air is fresh, smog-free, cool and damp. It’s virginal. In the evening the air is stale, smog-laden, warmer, and maybe dry. I think these varying conditions affect how sunlight is transmitted through it.

    One more thing, morning sunlight is the harbinger of a new day, evening sunset is the day bidding adieu. This is the emotional element, but after all, artists are affected by emotion perhaps more than others.

    1. Yes, they do, I believe that as well. They give your images different tones as well.
      I hadn’t thought of that, perhaps they are. Thanks Don.

  6. I agree. There’s something very special and magical about sunrise and that bond one makes with the day. My mood for the whole day is cast in its light and color is peaceful and content.

    I love the images you made at the pier. I would be happy, content, and mellow all day if I had made these.

    1. I like the idea of the bonding, I like it as it is before the day gets busy, a time to oneself. Thank you and I think I was.

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