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Path to Infinity

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 3 March 2018 in Landscape & Rural.


This is a photo taken on a cloudy, windy and moody day in New Zealand back in 2016. While I am still processing some photos from Tasmania, I am also going to back to review some previously unpublished work.

The location is Lake Rotoaira just north of Tongariro National Park. This spot had a number of different jetties extending into the lake and I explored a few of them before picking out one or two for some long exposure photos. Some of the jetties I could not access and some were a bit too dangerous to tread upon.

I think that this is a classic jetty composition and they just seem to work well most of the time. The leading lines and balance worked beautifully for me and it was just a matter of getting the exposure right to produce the silky smooth water.

That smoothness of the lake surface and moving clouds provide the timeless feeling of infinity that I refer to in the title. The jetty itself is the constant in the scene that adds a feeling of safety and certainty. When looking at this image, I feel that no matter what clouds and water may hide and bring, the jetty will always be there to provide stable ground.

An added bonus was that jetty had an interesting texture as well as patches of green moss peeking through the structure. This is the reason why I kept this photo in colour rather than converting to black and white.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 240 seconds F/11.0 ISO 200 16 mm

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