On the day we arrived in Hobart (Tasmania's capital), we swiftly proceeded to pick up the car, buy some groceries and a supply of local beer, before driving to our accommodation at Eaglehawk Neck. I was very keen to have enough time before sunset to drive out to a couple of spots to take advantage of moody and cloudy conditions.
One location that we stopped by was the Fossil Bay. This area had some interesting rock formations and cliffs that I was hoping to use in my composition combined with a long exposure. I also wanted the smooth water element in the scene to reduce the clutter of smaller rocks and debris hiding on the bottom. I was worried for a moment that the water level was a bit too low, however, the tide was incoming and waves were soon filling the gaps between the rocks.
To achieve that smoothness in the water and in the sky I went for a slightly longer exposure of five minutes. It worked perfectly and created the dreamy effect I envisioned. Luckily I was able to avoid any water spray ending up on the filters and the swell was low enough not to threaten my position on the edge of the rock shelf.
I think that if I looked at the world through my dreams, it would all feel like a series of dreamy long exposures with the time slowed down to minimum.
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