Dawn at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

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I enjoy dawn photography the most because it's quiet and peaceful. The light can also be intriguing and can change very quickly from cool to warm from one minute to the next, depending on how the sun peeks through the clouds. Sometimes I come home empty handed with nothing but grey images, but every now and then the dawn rewards my early rising. Either way it's good for the soul.


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Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (18mm f6.3 1/80 ISO Auto)





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This one was taken with a humble Sony Cybershot W120 (auto everything, exposure unknown). Apparently some team from Hawaii made the sand carving the day before and I chanced upon it that following morning. The pixels are pretty noisy as can be expected from an inexpensive compact camera... oh how I wish I had my 5N back then!

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Thanks for sharing. Wish I had an Nex 15 years ago when I was wandering around Picton and Wellington.
 

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I enjoy dawn photography the most because it's quiet and peaceful. The light can also be intriguing and can change very quickly from cool to warm from one minute to the next, depending on how the sun peeks through the clouds. Sometimes I come home empty handed with nothing but grey images, but every now and then the dawn rewards my early rising. Either way it's good for the soul.


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Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (18mm f6.3 1/80 ISO Auto)





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Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (18mm f9.0 1/100 ISO Auto)





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Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (55mm f5.6 1/160 ISO Auto)





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Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (50mm f5.0 1/80 ISO Auto)





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This one was taken with a humble Sony Cybershot W120 (auto everything, exposure unknown). Apparently some team from Hawaii made the sand carving the day before and I chanced upon it that following morning. The pixels are pretty noisy as can be expected from an inexpensive compact camera... oh how I wish I had my 5N back then!

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Looks like a nice place to hang out.
 

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Cheers guys!

Yes it's a wonderful place to hang out, Davec01. I'll try to keep adding some more pics as time and opportunity allows.
 

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Cheers guys!

Yes it's a wonderful place to hang out, Davec01. I'll try to keep adding some more pics as time and opportunity allows.

Nice place and nice shots!
I like the first one and the 6th one...

thanks for sharing!
 

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Thank you for your kind comments.



The ocean images in the first set show some little islands, the largest one is called Leisure Island. This next photo is of Mount Maunganui itself, taken from that island. I shot that first set as I was walking up to the summit a week earlier. You can see part of the walking track at the grassy lower right side of the mount.

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The mountain itself is beautiful but if I turn around, I'll be facing the sunrise which also offers some good vistas depending on the weather. This latest set of photos were taken at dawn during a manual focus testing session for my Tamron 24mm 1:2.5 legacy lens - all at 1/60 sec, f11 with Auto ISO varying from 800 to 3200, hand-held.

This next pic was taken earlier. It was overcast (a good thing) but I arrived late and thought I had already missed the elusive "sunburst-window." Then all of a sudden bang, the sky turned red! It only lasted a few seconds then it was gone.

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Normally everything would go grey after that, but not that particular morning. Although not as dramatic, the cloud cover provided some more interesting skies for a further 10 minutes or so. The photo of Mount Maunganui itself was one of the last ones I took.

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These last two were taken the day before, at dusk - the opposite side of Mount Maunganui from across the inner harbour... same lens.

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Tamron 24mm f8, 1/160 sec, ISO Auto - SCN/Landscape Mode

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Tamron 24mm f8, 1/125 sec, ISO Auto - SCN/Sunset Mode

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Mount Maunganui from across the inner harbour, Port side... very early morning, pre-dawn.

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Legacy lens: Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 55mm, f1.8, 1/60 sec, ISO Auto, hand-held
 

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