​Winter Solstice

Today, it is the Winter Solstice here in Australia. Depending on where one lives, there will be approximately nine and a half hours of daylight, making this the shortest day of the year.

Last year, I spent the Winter Solstice in Queensland, and the following photos were taken at Woodgate Beach where I was staying.

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach at dawn

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach

Sunrise at Woodgate Beach

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Morning

The images below were made earlier this year but were left unprocessed on the hard drive of my computer. I had a very early start at the nearby coastal town of Lorne, which is on the Great Ocean Road.

The New Pier at Lorne

The New Pier at Lorne

Ocean View, Lorne on the Great Ocean Road

The New Pier, Lorne

In 2007 the new pier at Lorne was opened, and I have heard it is a big hit with fishermen who gather at the end of it with their rods. The end has been designed with platforms where fisherman can dangle their lines and are clear of the pedestrians and sightseers. It is built of concrete and steel, and, in my opinion lacks soul.

The old one, which was over a hundred years old, was built from large timber poles and planks. It had character; like a wizened weather beaten old man with a face full of creases who keeps you enthralled with stories from times past. As I walked over the large planks with cracks that allowed me to see through to the waves below, I could feel the history this ancient structure exuded.

The New Pier at Lorne

The New Pier at Lorne

Early Morning

This morning was an early start. I headed off to Lorne situated on the Great Ocean Road on the south west coast of Victoria in Australia. After a quick breakfast (black coffee and an egg and bacon roll) at the local bakery it was down to business setting up the tripod and camera.

The images below are the best from my first shots. There are others that I am in the process of developing to follow in future posts.

Jetty at Lorne - First light

Jetty at Lorne – First light

The jetty at Lorne - first light

The jetty at Lorne #2

Bay of Storms

Once nicknamed the Bay of Storms, Apollo Bay is situated on the Great Ocean Road on the south west coast of Victoria, in Australia. It is primarily a fishing village with about 11000 residents.

These images were taken in 2006 when I made the transition from film to digital photography, and they are some of the first photographs made by me with my new Olympus E-500 D-SLR.

As you can imagine, in regard to the processing of images, I have learnt a lot since these photos were taken and I have reworked them for this post.

Fishing Boats, Apollo Bay

Fishing Boats, Apollo Bay

Fishing Boats

Fishing Boats #2

Moorings

Moorings

Beach Front

Beach Front – Where the mountains meet the sea

Fishing Boats

Fishing Boats #3 – Apollo Bay