The timing couldn’t have been any better. I’d just bought a brand new Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L ii USM lens and was ready to take it for a spin. I was contacted by a groom-to-be about an engagement shoot at beautiful Garie Beach on the south coast of NSW, in the picture-perfect Royal National Park.
Unfamiliar with the beach, and in preparation for the shoot, a couple of weekends before the planned shoot I headed down to take a look at the location.
To make the most of the beautiful beach setting, I suggested we start the shoot a little after sunrise (the gates to the National Park open at 7am), which meant a bright and early wake up call of 4am! The conditions on the day were beautiful. We had nice light, and just enough cloud cover to keep it that way until around 9am when the rain started just as we were wrapping up the shoot.
We had loads of fun moving around the beach. To the left, there’s a gorgeous rock shelf that appears to be quite popular among fishermen. To the right, there’s a beautiful little walkway fashioned along a slate wall and smooth mounds of rock. If you travel the full length of the walkway it will take you to a little bay. Such a romantic and peaceful spot – it’s little wonder the couple chose it. Due to the uncertain clouds, we stayed a little closer to the car park in case we needed to make a dash for cover!
I was extremely happy with the photos I got using the new lens. At f/2.8, and even without image stablisation (this lens does not come with IS, and I can only imagine how expensive it would be if it did!) and shooting completely hand-held, I got pin-sharp beautiful images. Using an aperture of f/2.8 for the majority of the shoot allowed for some amazingly soft, romantic images, just perfect for a couple in love.
I’m looking forward to doing some more shoots like this, with my trusty new lens in tow.