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Wollumbin National Park

23 Mar ’14

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This morning we awoke at 2:00am, drove from the gold coast down to the national park and set out to hike to the top of Mt Warning (Wollumbin National Park), just in time to see the sunrise. It’s not the longest hike but lugging the camera gear and especially my old super-heavy manfrotto is never a breeze. The view was stunning, and just before I reached the top I started shooting. This couple was relaxing in silence and breathing in the fresh morning air. Click on the images to see them larger.

Ce matin je me suis levé a 2h puis j’ai fait le trajet depuis la Gold Coast jusqu’au Parc National et on a commencé la marche pour arriver en haut de Mt Warning et photographier le lever de soleil. Ce n’est pas une marche très longue (<10km) mais avec tout le materiel photo et mon vieux trépied en acier trempé ce n’est jamais une promenade… La vue était magique et j’ai commencé a faire des images juste avant d’arriver au sommet. Ce couple appréciait la vue en silence, respirant tranquillement l’air frais du matin.

© Nicolas Rakotopare - People relaxing at the view from Mt Warning.

Once on the top I setup my tripod and waited for the magic of light to unfold. It is alway tricky doing morning shoots since the light is moving and changing fast, you only have a short window of time to get the purple/blue tones and then the yellow ones of that time of day.

Une fois au sommet j’ai préparé le trépied et attendu que la lumière soit parfaite. La lumière change effectivement assez vite le matin et on a une fenêtre assez courte pour ces luminosité si spéciales de l’aube.

© Nicolas Rakotopare - Wollumbin National Park
© Nicolas Rakotopare - Golden Hour from Mt Warning

A sea of clouds below the Hinterland.

I really loved the way the clouds were looking like a sea at the bottom of the hills of the Hinterland. The view from this point of Wollumbin is absolutely incredible and although sometimes it is clouded, the chance of photographing in such a light are always worth the risk.

J’aime la façon dont les nuages ressemblent a une mer au pied des montagnes du Hinterland.

 

© Nicolas Rakotopare - Sea of clouds on the Hinterland. © Nicolas Rakotopare - Sea of clouds on the Hinterland.

I highly recommend people travelling through the region to stop and do the early climb to witness the sunrise and enjoy the 360 views of the Gold Coast, from Springbrook to Byron Bay, it is a great moment to experience. On the way down you will be able to get a better feel for the forest you hiked through a few hours earlier in the dark and it is mind blowing. It will be teaming with bird life in the massive rainforest trees.

Je recommande a toute personne voyageant dans le coin de s’arrêter et de faire cette rando très tot pour voir le lever de soleil et apprécier la vue a 360 degrés. Attention de ne pas oublier d’amener une bonne lampe frontale et de regarder ou on mets les pieds! La fin est un peu raide mais il y a des chaines et de la vegetation a foison pour se hisser. Au retour on peut apprécier la foret qui se reveille, il y a pleins d’espèces d’oiseaux a decouvrir.

If you want more information about the park here is a link: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHome.aspx?id=N0183

Si vous voulez plus d’information a propos du parc:  http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHome.aspx?id=N0183

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