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Photo of the Week: A Fisherman’s Sunset on Stradbroke Island

A Fisherman's Sunset

The sun sets as fishermen on Stradbroke Island try to get their last catch for the day.

Unlike many cities in Australia, Brisbane doesn’t actually have a beach (unless you count Streets Beach at South Bank, which I don’t). There are plenty of beautiful beaches on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, which are only a short car trip away, but one of my favourite seaside spots is one that many tourists don’t make it to — North Stradbroke Island. Only a thirty minute ferry trip (or 45 minutes if you take the vehicular ferry) away, Straddy is a perfect day trip from Brisbane. I love that I can be so close to the city yet feel so far away, and it’s not uncommon to find that I have a whole beach to myself.

This photo was taken on a photography tour that I took around Straddy with Bluedog Photography. After a day of shooting, we headed over to Amity Point, which has the best view across Moreton Bay towards the mainland, for sunset. We had no idea what to expect from the sunset since there weren’t many clouds in the sky to catch the colours, but we lucked out. The fishermen were still out trying to get one last catch, which created nice silhouettes on the pier; plus, I was able to get the angle I wanted without putting my tripod in the water. I knew the tripod wouldn’t get carried away by the calm waters, but since Amity is well-known for its sharks, I didn’t think a photo was worth the risk!

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