A follow up to my previous post from the gannet colony at Muriwai Beach in New Zealand that I posted a little while back.
In that photo I chose a fast shutter speed to catch one of the birds in flight against the sun. Here I went with full intention for an ethereal atmosphere and effect. It was taken some time after sunset and with darkness fast approaching it felt like the birds were perched on the precipice of the night. Surprisingly, most of them were steady enough so that their bodies did not become just blurred blobs (although that could have been an interesting effect as well).
Their stillness on the cliffs in contrast with the motion of the water intrigued me, especially when I looked at the photo on my computer screen at home. The scene looked like two different worlds combined - the constant motion of water and clouds against the stoic nature of the rocks and birds. It was just another reminder for me that even though we live in a world of contrasts, they can all still function harmoniously together.
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