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Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia
I had this idea after seeing a documentary about groups that would walk out to this spot and rock climb the natural icon known as the 'Candlestick', an amazing pillar formation just out of view. I wanted to hike out here before dawn and capture the sunrise. I pretty well underestimated the walk and the effort it would take.
I set off three hours before dawn, in total darkness and though I generally felt I was on time, I really wasn't sure whether I would make it before sunrise or not. I powered through the walk, but it was hot and in the dark and I really didn't know how far I had left to go. I kept thinking I was almost there, and then the track would turn to the left again and steer me down or up another path. On my actual arrival, I was really struck with the height of these cliffs and I wasn't alone. I spent some time out here with hundreds of Albatross, who were nesting in the cliffs overnight. Watching them soar in the uplifting winds was a special thing to witness.
As the sun rose I found my position, I had to hang my camera over the edge of the railing to achieve an uninterrupted shot, over the massive drop to the ocean. Distinct colour was cast but only just in time, as a large storm system rolled through. I walked out in pouring rain, with some time to reflect on another amazing experience.