Sunrise in Brisbane

My weekend began at 3.15am on Saturday morning when i woke up and then wouldn’t allow myself to go back to sleep in case I slept in past my 3.45am alarm.
The son and my DIL were picking me up at 4am so we could travel into Brisbane to the top of Mt Coot-tha to see the sunrise.
We got there as the sun was rising as a ball of red fire in the sky. The son attempted to stop on the way to the top to capture it but there were far too many gum trees in the way so we continued on to the summit. Reaching the lookout I raced from the car (camera in hand) but the sun was over the horizon by that time.
Looking at my photos this morning, I rue the fact that I don’t have a polarising filter so I’ve had to discard a good many of the photos that I took due to the direct light in the camera.
Still, I managed a couple of nice photos of the city with the fog over it and the way that the sun coloured the fog in places.
Brisbane is such a pretty city but I have decided that next time I go up to photograph the sunrise I will have polarising filter and/or an ND grad filter.

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38 thoughts on “Sunrise in Brisbane

          1. There were a lot of smiley faces coming my way when she returned to Brisbane so I’d say she saw some of it.
            Compared to the freezing cold we are having here I suspect she was delighted.
            I feel sorry for her to be leaving her great friend to come home, but I can’t wait to have her back again. She really is part of the pulse of this house.

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  1. They are still beautiful shots, Sue, but I know what you mean about a polariser. I wish I had one and knew how to use it too… 🙂 I have the same trouble in summer with trying to get to the top of Mt Coot-tha before the sun bursts upon the scene! At least in the middle of winter you get a little more time! But these are lovely shots and I hope you enjoyed the the outing (even if you went home bleary eyed).

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    1. You don’t realise just how quickly the sun rises until you are hoping to photograph it. lol You’re right about winter giving us more time but then there would be more traffic on the roads at that time as well. 🙂

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  2. Great photos despite the lack of a filter. As I don’t know the first thing about photography and only use my iPhone I quite often shoot into the sun. Surprisingly, they quite often come out well. Maybe not knowing the rules is better. Often on my walks I can see the sun coming up or going down with no chance for me to take a photo so I know how frustrating it is to by hurrying along and then miss the best of it.

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  3. Hi Suz. I can’t find where you said it, but I’m quite sure you told me it would be OK to tell you where my granddaughter is. I asked her would it be OK if I gave you her info, and this is the response I got. “Oh please do! I am working at Cucina by Toscani’s on Grey St in Southbank. Right across from the cinema! :)”

    Her name is KJ. (Kirsti Jenny, but she got tired of telling people she really did know how to spell her own name right, so now it’s KJ. I have one Face ID section in my iPhoto collection named Kirsti and another, starting when she was about 21, called KJ.)

    p.s. I hope you are one of the people who took advantage of the free Kindle format of “Figs & Pomegranates & Special Cheeses.”

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    1. Hi Mona,
      I’m not right in Brisbane but I will call the restaurant and leave a message for KJ to give me a call. If she has transport we may be able to meet somewhere and I can show her some of the sights around my area. 🙂
      Sadly, I was too late for your free book but thanks for thinking of me. 🙂


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