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Departing Reality

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


A return to Australian shores today. I have completed my main Iceland series from this year's trip and I can now re-visit some of the other photos that I have put on hold.

This is Myponga Beach in South Australia. It was the last evening of our trip and my last hope for a brilliant sunset. Luckily the nature put on a real show in the evening and I was glad to be out there photographing and taking in the colours of the sunset. In moments like this, I feel like I am departing reality for at least a few minutes. I feel detached from the outside world and I get into what many photographers may call "the zone".

It took a bit of rock hopping to find the right spot for this photo. There were some fishermen around occupying good spots while other locations were not facing in the direction that I preferred. We arrived with enough time to jump up and down the cost line before settling on this little cove. For my seascape compositions, I usually look for interesting rocks for the foreground with a possibility of good water motion between them. I also look how they interact with the sky and the colourful clouds to ensure that there is natural balance and harmony in the scene.

I really liked the clouds at this spot. They seemed to all originate in the section framed by the two tall rocks on each side and they stretched nicely from there. The tide was rising slowly and the sea was a little flat so I needed a slightly longer exposure of six seconds to catch the flow between the rocks. Shutter speed was just right for the water but also not long enough to blur out the clouds in the sky, which is something that I wanted to avoid.

It was definitely one of the more magical moments of this year when it comes to brilliant sunrises and sunsets. It also showed that you cannot give up when it comes to photography. For six evenings we had average conditions and yet the last one was fantastic and it finished our trip perfectly.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 6 seconds F/11.0 ISO 100 16 mm

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