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Evening Descends

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 12 April 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


A second photo from our visit to Myponga Beach in South Australia in January. It was a glorious evening, the best sunset we had for a long time. We got there just a moment or two too late to be able to explore different scenes and compositions. I struggled a little early on to settle on a composition and also had trouble getting the exposure right for what I had in mind. I was trying to find a spot either with great flow or with a still surface to catch some of the sunset colours reflecting in the water.

I found the kind of compositions that I was looking for right towards the end of the sunset, just as evening descended and light started to fade away. In the end I had to bracket exposure to get all the detail in the scene. Using a filter would darken the rocks over the horizon line just a bit too much. I used a darker exposure as the base and then blended in the rock details from the brighter frame.

I have been looking in recent times to balance my exposures a bit better between highlights and shadows. I do prefer deep shadows rather than having them washed out too much and I do not mind sacrificing the darkest shadow detail, as for me the result looks a lot more natural, however, I also appreciate the extra interest that shadow detail brings to the scene.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 4 seconds F/11.0 ISO 200 17 mm

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