Shark Point, Clovelly, New South Wales
Shark Point is only 15 mins away from Sydney CBD and is a great spot for seascape photography. I heard about this place from another local photographer few months ago and I am really thankful to him for letting me know about this amazing place.
How to get there: I usually shoot sunrises and around that time you won’t find any public transport so you may have to drive or just catch a cab. If you put Shark Point, Clovelly on Google map then it should take you to Ocean Street. You want to park closer to the end of Ocean St & Eastbourne Ave. I highlighted the best parking spots in the map below for you.
From the street parking area its about 10 mins hike. You may want to check the tide information as it’ll be easier to shoot at low tide. I use World Tides for my research .
Best time to shoot: Its facing east so sunrise is the best time of day to take photos.
Photography tools and equipment: Apart from the camera, here’s a list of things you may need:
1. Wide angle lens. My favourite landscape photography lens is Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6.
2. Remote shutter release
3. Filters to block light which will allow you to decrease shutter speed. You can obviously shoot without filters but filters will increase your shooting time. I use the starter kit from Nisi filters. If you don’t own a filter already, I’d advice you not to waste $20 on a filter from ebay. I bought 3 different filters from ebay and none of them provided the quality I was after. So I’d not recommend buying cheap camera filters.
4. Rock boots are must if you’re planning to shoot this place from lower angle (close to water level). The surface is very slippery (yes I tried last time with sneakers) so don’t be a fool like me and try to go down without wearing appropriate shoes.
5. Headlamp/ Torch will help you to navigate through the rocks at dawn as there are no lights around that area.
6. Cloth to wipe your filters/ camera just in case they get wet.
Camera settings: Camera settings will vary depending on the weather but here’s what I used to get the following shots. These will help you to get an idea of where to start from but please use these settings as guide only.
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