Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350)
Lens: Canon EF-S 17–85mm f/4–5.6
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO Speed: 200
This is the spectacular Seacliff Bridge in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, south of Sydney. The bridge replaced an old section of Lawrence Hargreaves Drive that used to hug the steep cliff face and was often closed by rock falls. Instead, this sweeping structure sits on the rock platforms away from the cliffs, over the ocean. An amazing engineering feat, and an absolutely stunning sight.
I drove down from Sydney before dawn to just to photograph this bridge. I was hoping for some great early morning light, and couldn’t be happier with what I got. The sun rose over a clear ocean horizon, but with a layer of cloud above – meaning I had about twenty minutes of this glorious, hazy, yellow morning light bouncing off the clouds before the sun rose above the cloud layer and the day became grey and stormy. My timing was absolutely perfect and this is the result: one of my all-time favourite photos taken on one of those mornings where everything just seemed to work out perfectly.