There is nothing quite like a spectacular sunset at a beautiful location to soothe one's soul. Bridestowe Lavender Estate in Tasmania put on a superb show during a fiery sunset in January.
It is magical to observe and photograph the changing colours during an intense sunset. If you remember the first photo from Bridestowe I posted, it had the still dull dark clouds but sunlight got through to illuminate the rows of lavender. This is the next stage with the sun having just dipped below the horizon and the clouds taking on the wonderful hues of the golden hour. That golden light was also reflecting onto the fields below, giving rich colours to the soil and enhancing the lavender flowers.
A parallel or corresponding bit of "magic" happens later when I work on the raw files once we are back home from each outing. To see the transformation from a basic raw file into a finished image brings back the same elation and emotions that I experienced out in the field. It often feels like living through that moment again and I often say to my partner Paulina that I live through our expeditions twice - once when we are actually out there and the second time when I process the photos after we return.
Every time I finish post-processing a photo, I look at it for a some time to make sure that the final result is what I saw and felt the moment I was taking it. Sometimes my first reaction is to go back and ease off on the colour and saturation because I know that many people would consider it not real. However, what attracted me first to taking landscape photos was the colour that I was witnessing around me, especially during sunsets and sunrises, and this is what I want to present in my images when conditions allow.
This moment looked and felt to me just as you see it here on the photograph and I hope you will enjoy sharing it with me.
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