A darker and moodier photograph for today. It comes from Wamberal Beach on the Central Coast in Australia. This is an example of a morning where the light and tones were rather muted and the sunrise did not deliver beautiful colours that I was hoping for.
I did not want it to be wasted though and I have learned over the years to use long exposures to bring out maximum mood and atmosphere in moments like this, where possible of course. I liked the composition with scattered rocks providing lots of interest in the foreground. I also liked how the light seemed to concentrate through the centre of the scene, aided by the reflections in the water.
This is the vision that I had for this scene when I took the photo back in 2016. I think processing it just now worked in my favour as I have learned a lot about processing over the last two years. This one did not require that much post processing work but I have come to utilise good old dodge and burn techniques to help the viewer concentrate on the main part of the scene. I was happy to keep the vignetting dark and brooding, as the interplay between light, dark clouds and rocks was main focus. There were no crucial detail around the edges anyway and I wanted to keep the main scene free of other distractions.
Composition is obviously very important in photography but what I try to reflect the most in my images is mood. Whether it is the magic of a colourful sunrise or delving deeper into the moments of darkness, I would like the viewers to feel some kind of emotion emanating from each scene. I really enjoy it when my photos strike that emotional chord with others and bring something new into their daily lives.
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