Magenta tones add subtle variance to the sky during a sunset at Port Willunga in South Australia in January. I could not get my composition and exposure right when shooting against the setting sun from the other side of the old jetty remains. Therefore, I heeded the advice of many photographers on this site and looked around to see what was happening behind me.
The gentle magenta tones and subtle blues made a much more compelling sight for me and the composition also seemed more balanced and suited to what I had in mind. I wanted the rocks in the foreground to lead in and the piers to take the eyes further towards the colours in the sky. I found the overall softer effect of the scene very peaceful as well. I used a long exposure to build on that softness and I wanted to keep water surface and sky as smooth as possible.
It was our first time discovering the coast line south of Adelaide and we found that there are many wonderful spots hidden along the way. Especially, there were at least two or three old jetty remains that made for excellent compositional elements and Port Willunga was one of them.
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