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Mary Cairncross Park

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Published January 11th 2013
A sunrise worth getting out of bed for
I snapped away at Mary Cairncross Park, just 1 hour drive north from Brisbane and is the perfect viewing spot to admire the Glass House Mountains. The park has 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest to explore too.

They say the best camera to take a photo at a place like this is the one you have on you. I pulled out my phone and snapped these photos. As a keen photographer I am determined to prove a phone cameras convenience can produce brilliant photos anyone can take.

Mary Cairncross Park is one of the many lookouts where you can see the unusual landscape of the Glass House Mountains that are spread out before you. This day I had one rule to landscape photos that I had in mind and that was the time of day I took the photo.

If you can arrive at the park in time for sunrise the sun creeps up from the coast to the left of the mountains and shines light in a sideways direction where you can see shadows here and there, the grass looks greener and if you point your camera in the direction away from the sun the sky looks as blue as blue can be.

Glass House Mountains
Photo taken at 8.55am

Just like a clock hand sits at the top at midday the sun shines light on a direct downward direction. It floods the landscape with light where the shadows sit right under the trees. This can make it look 'flat'; lack definition and is colourless.

Glass House Mountains
Photo taken near lunch time at 1.30pm

Wait till sunset and you will get the magic golden hour again where the sun sets behind Mary Cairncross Park and lights up the front view of the mountains in a soft sideways direction.

Whatever time of day you go to view the Glass House Mountains, you are guaranteed a different picture every day. I dare you to make it there for a sunrise, take a breakfast picnic and I guarantee you won't be disappointed with the show.
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