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Sunrise to Sunset Illawarra Photography Workshop

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by Anita Pallas (subscribe)
I'm a blogger living in Wollongong, NSW Australia. I enjoy travelling and exploring my hometown.
Published April 8th 2017
Tour of Wollongong
The day started early with a drive to Jones Beach, the meeting spot for our 13 hour photo shoot. You could also call it a tour of Wollongong with local photographer William Patino. He calls the day Sunrise to Sunset Workshop.

The first stop was Cathedral Rock, where we would shoot the sunrise. We met at Jones Beach in Kiama and greeted our 7 companions for the day. We made our way across the beach to the rocks where Cathedral Rock is located. Once we got comfortable on our rocky seats, Will started the day off talking about the three most important things to photography, the ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.

Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock

He then told us where the best places to shoot the main rock from. My favourite spot was the cave because you could fully appreciate the landscape without distraction.

Next stop was breakfast at the Hungry Monkey in Kiama.

From there, we hit the Minnamurra Headland and capture Stack Island in the harsh morning light. I had never been up on the Headland before and was amazed at how 'Sound of Music' it was.

Stack Island
Stack Island

We then headed north to Wollongong Harbour, where we waited patiently for some twelvie to jump off a wall into the water, she failed but two others jumped in instead. We were really there for the breakwater lighthouse.

We moved on fairly quickly to catch the Seacliff Bridge. There are so many different vantage points for this one icon of Wollongong and this was one spot I hadn't even thought of. Out of all my pictures from the day these shots were my crowd favourite.

Cathedral Rock
The Cave

Will then took us to Kelly's Falls in Helensburgh. When we got to the falls we took a right turn off the main track and walked 2 minutes downhill to what I believe is the first drop in the falls. They were amazing and I can't wait to explore more of them.

We then fought off the tourists at Helensburgh Train Tunnel. The tunnel is opposite the road to the current train station. I have been there twice now in the same conditions (being after heavy rain but in the drying out stage) and it doesn't seem to special but believe it or not there are tourists that come just for it.

We stopped for lunch at a fish and chip shop in Helensburgh before heading to the Mantra Hotel in Wollongong. Where we took our seats and opened our world to Photoshop.

Sea Cliff Bridge
Seacliff Bridge

We hit the road just getting to Bombo Quarry in time for sunset. We photographed the pounding of low tide against the Quarry walls.

Will who had done all the driving and hosted the perfect day dropped us back at Jones Beach and we said our goodbyes.

After a long day, I walked away with ticking a few places off my bucket list, a lot of new photos and way more confidence in my photos.

Will has a few local workshops and a few overseas workshops each year. You can find out more on his website.
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Why? Photography tour of Illawarra
Where: Illawarra
Cost: $660
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The shot from the cave looks fantastic.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9635) 1953 days ago
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