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Elements of Nature

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 20 October 2021 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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Apologies for being quiet again recently. This is time it was due to technical issues. My OS decided to give up on me and I had to re-install it from scratch with all my software including Photoshop and Lightroom. That unfortunately took some time but it happens. All seems to be well again now and I was able to get back to editing this week and I am able to present a new photo. This location is well known to many landscape photographers in Australia - Sugarloaf Rock in the south west region of Western Australia. I have posted few photos already featuring this geological formation.

When we travelled there in August, I wanted to look for different compositions from farther out to see if I could work with all the elements that make up this great place. Most of my previous images were taken much closer to the rock, on the granite foreshore all the way down at the sea level. I photographed it from various angles and exposures while working closely with the sea in the foreground but this time I looked around the higher ground to fine something interesting. I was especially keen on using the heath in the composition. There were spots with flowers but I really liked this spot with the bare branches adding something different to the scene. I moved around to see how to included the branches in the scene and this composition seemed to be most balanced and flow the best for me.

Fine evening conditions helped out as well. There was a lovely afterglow on the horizon about fifteen minutes after the sun had set and it was casting nice soft warm light around the area. It gave a touch of beautiful warmth to the green shrubs and the branches without overpowering them with saturation and intensity. I had to take multiple exposures and blend in the sky in post processing, as the dynamic range was just too great to cover in a single frame. There was minimal wind and this spot was quite sheltered so I had no issue with branch movement when blending exposures. This can often cause problems and especially when branches are set against the sky.

This is the kind of location that just keeps on giving. I could find an entirely new composition with every visit and I love exploring around the area. So far I have concentrated on compositions that feature the Sugarloaf Rock to larger of lesser degree. However, I have found some other spots a little farther out which warrant future attention and can work very well as well. This is the beauty of being able to visit a location multiple times and also of allowing oneself time to explore when possible. I have managed to return each time from here with a decent photo or two in the camera but also with many new ideas for future images.

I hope you enjoy the image and that you are keeping well in your parts of the world.

Canon EOS R5 10 second F/8.0 ISO 200 15 mm

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