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Fragments of Light

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 14 August 2018 in Landscape & Rural.


I think that my photography in Australia will always be dominated by the coast. Despite the size of our land we are surrounded by water all the way around and the scenery varies so much from place to place. There are plenty of amazing places inland as well but the coast will always draw me out and it is also much easier to get to when we are home and busy with other work.

This is a second photo from a morning in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria back in May. There the road leads along a stretch of the coast where you just cannot go wrong with finding interesting subjects and compositions, If the light cooperates that is ;-)

The weather was changing on this morning with strong winds and thicker clouds arriving to signal first wintry storms moving in for the year. These conditions allowed for some interesting clouds and darker morning atmosphere, even after the sunrise. When the fiery colours of the dawn dissipated, I looked around to find interesting rocks where the water moved around nicely with each wave passing by.

I wanted to see if I could get a moment where the sun would peek between the clouds to shine at least a little bit of light on the rocks. This is the only time when it happened, as the clouds kept low and covered the rest of the sky. I knew that once the sun went behind those clouds it would not appear again for a longer while. I liked the gentle illumination that it was able to cast on the rock fragments and used it together with moving water to lead the eye through the scene.

I intentionally kept the exposure in check to soak in some of the darker atmosphere and resulting drama in the final photograph. In addition, half a second was great for the water motion between the rocks to create a good dynamic effect. I got a subtle sunburst happening, which I though suited this seascape. I did want the sun to be the highlight over the rocks and draw the eye in once the viewers moved their attention up over the water. On this occasion I also got the tide just about right. If it was a little higher, I think the water would cover up most of the rock, especially as the swell was beginning to build up quite high too.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/2 second F/16.0 ISO 50 16 mm

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