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Mellow Worlds

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 29 March 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


This is my most recent work, taken just last Saturday at the beautiful sand dunes near Cervantes in Western Australia. We went out there to shoot some videos and photos for Paulina's music projects and we hanged around until after sunset to see if I could photograph some twilight and night stars images. The dunes are just off the main highway, however, once you make your way in, you find yourself in the middle of sandy desert with dunes stretching as far out as you can see.

I loved the pastel tones that appeared in the sky just after sunset. When I took the first couple of the photos, colours were looking a little bland though. I decided to put on the polarising filter and that definitely brought the colours to life. I still wanted to keep them subtle enough not to overpower the dunes and this resulted in the beautiful mellow effect.

The dunes also change dramatically after the pink and magenta tones appeared. From dull grey tones they went to almost golden warm hues with fine reflections of the pinks and reds mixed in. It was an amazing sight that I experienced for the first time ever. I actually think that the camera picked up these tones even better than I remember them on the day.

The sand patterns and sharp leading lines completed the scene and made for some great compositions that changed every time I moved a few meters. Not many people were around at the time and it meant that the dunes further in were still untouched and no tracks were visible across them. it was perfect for my vision - I wanted to photograph the dunes in as much pristine conditions as possible.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1 second F/8.0 ISO 100 16 mm

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