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Evening Luminescence

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 17 June 2018 in Landscape & Rural.


I am continuing the "lunar" voyage through the strange landscapes of Lake Mungo lunette. This photo comes from a different part of the dunes, which is accessible to visitors without the need for a guided tour. We decided to try our luck at sunset on the second evening that we stayed at Lake Mungo.

What a difference it was from one evening to another. It felt like being in a completely new place. It was a very different dusk compared to the previous day. In the last photo you could see lot more of blue tones and the warm sunset light faded out a lot quicker. In this instance, the warm after glow of the sunset lasted a long time and the red and orange hues were present in the dunes long after the sun went down. I was quite surprised how intense the colours and light were. Add to it complete silence and total solitude and I had a stunning outback atmosphere, perfect for photography and contemplation.

While there was no clouds around for a colourful sunset, I was once again hoping to use the glow to provide some lovely side light onto the dune formations. I wanted to get some good visual depth in the scene and the side light created great shadows that enhanced that vision for me. I also loved the dusk colours appearing in the eastern part of the sky - pink and magenta tones compensated for the the absence of any clouds in the area.

Besides the stunning light and landscape, we thoroughly enjoyed being away (for the most part) from any civilisation. We had a nice cottage to stay for the nights but there was no internet nor mobile phone coverage. It felt fantastic to take a break from the daily life and immerse ourselves in the surrounding land and nature. It was only about one hundred kilometres from the nearest town but it felt more like a thousand or even more.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 5 seconds F/11.0 ISO 100 46 mm

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