Safe Heaven

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


One of the two ocean pools located in Kiama in New South Wales. The east coast abounds in these tidal pools and they make for wonderful elements to be included in coastal compositions. I called this photo "Safe Heaven" because these pools give swimmers great protection from the rough seas (and sharks), except of course when the tide and swell are especially big.

The boundaries of the pool can be used as leading lines and I always found them especially effective as strong diagonal lines that can help to create good balance in the composition. This one here also includes some poles that give good perspective and scale to the scene. I also like the contrast that is created by the boundary. The calm pool water against the sharp rocks and strong current on the other side.

The sunset did not bring about too much colour but a touch of moss and the water in the pool provided different tonal elements. I liked the kind of ethereal blue/green tones of the water. Long exposure flattened the water nicely while still retaining a little bit of texture by revealing the bottom. I used a polarising filter here to cut through reflections on the surface to ensure that some of the detail was visible.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
30 seconds
ISO 800
20 mm


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