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Land of Sunset Dreams

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 18 March 2018 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


Completing the sunset trilogy from Bridestowe Lavender Farm in Tasmania is this photography taken right at the time when the red sunset tones were at their most intense. It was a fantastic end to a fantastic evening that just came together in every respect. How often us photographers plan to go out somewhere for a shoot and the conditions are just not what we were hoping for. This time it was everything that we hoped for and more.

The evening progressed from grey, to dramatic contrasty light just before sunset, followed by beautiful golden light and ended with an explosion of reds. The red light reflected off the clouds worked beautifully with the red soil below and even helped to further intensify that hue. I loved this tonal connection and this is the reason why I go shooting at this time of the day. I want the golden and red glow of the sunset to rub off on the landscape below and to enrich the colours with a bit of extra magic.

I loved the colour balance in this scene. The blue sky came through very nicely, helped with the use of polariser to give it just a bit more contrast and saturation. The greens in the lavender also provided another colour dimension to the scene. Regarding the composition, I do not think you can go too wrong with the rows of lavender leading through and converging in the distance.

When I saw this view in front of me I immediately thought of the yin yang concept in terms of pattern that I saw. On one hand, there are the clouds that reach from the right down towards the hill on the left. On the other, the rows of lavender are reaching in the opposite direction up towards the tallest mountain in the background to the right of the frame. I felt a natural and beautiful balance at work here and hope you can find some of that feeling as well when you look at this photograph.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 5/2 seconds F/8.0 ISO 100 16 mm

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