Saturday - Went down to Long Reef to try grab a half-decent sunrise over the reef. Every time I have gone down to Long Reef to try to grab this picture I have been foiled by clear skies or totally overcast skies and I have not captured the image that I know is possible at this stunning location. This was my best effort so far.
Now this isn't a bad image, but the sky is barren and pretty bland.... I just KNOW that I can get a stunning image if the sunrise gods are with me.
Anyway, Saturday morning I turn up and I had two problems
1) The tides were just a wee bit too high and
2) A totally colourless sky.
So I thought I would try again on Sunday morning. However this is where I learned my lesson. I didn't bother to check the tide tables for Sunday. I just assumed that the tide would be lower on the Sunday (not sure how I reached that conclusion). Anyway as I was hiking down to Long Reef in the pre-dawn darkness I was looking up at the sky and looked like it had great potential.... high whispy clouds and already an hint of colour on the horizon.
Then my heart sunk as I looked at the reef and discovered that it was high tide... That means:
No reef walking
No spectacular water pools or formations
So the lesson learned was - Do your homework... check sunrise times, tides, weather forecast, make sure your gear is all ready to (batteries charged, lenses cleaned etc.)
If I had have checked the tides, I would have changed my location to Narrabeen Lake and probably got some good images instead of returning empty handed.