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Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 21 March 2017 in Landscape & Rural.


Sunset afterglow illuminates the sky and water around the horizon on an evening at Port Willunga in South Australia in January. You can see the remains of an old merchant jetty in the foreground, as Venus and the Moon hover above the entire scene. The jetty was used in the second half of 19th century by ships carrying grain out of this area. It fell into disrepair in early 1900s and has been deteriorating ever since.

It was an almost cloudless evening and I decided to hang around just a little bit longer after sunset to see if I could photograph something a little different. As it got darker I noticed the crescent Moon appear on the sky with another bright object right next to it, which after some investigation turned out to be the planet Venus. I wanted to use the celestial objects in my composition to offset the foreground. I also wanted to catch of the afterglow remaining over the horizon, as it reflected nicely in the water and contrasted well with the dark pylons.

I have made it a point in my photographic expeditions to never waste a day or night, even if the conditions are not quite what I was looking for. We all hope for epic sunrises and sunsets but they do not always eventuate. However, beautiful light can still be found in more subtle ways, as long as one is open to find it and embrace it.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 30 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 28 mm

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