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Bridgewater Bay

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 19 September 2018 in Landscape & Rural.


I have previously posted a more streaky and dynamic seascape from this location. Today's version is a dreamy, silky take from a slightly different vantage point on the same evening. Previous photo was taken closer to the water and overlooking the rocks below while here I went to even wider perspective.

The southern coastline of Mornington Peninsula in Victoria abounds in many wonderful bays consisting of jagged rocks and strange formations. Every one of them has a similar feel and yet is entirely different to another. At high tide you can watch the waves racing in and crashing against the shore and at low tide the sea can reveal a lot of detail that hides in these milky waters.

This scene drew me in because the sky retained interesting texture in the fast moving clouds that has been smoothed out nicely by the long exposure. The post sunset light still left its mark on the horizon and illuminated the brighter rocks inside the bay. I also liked the crescent line leading around the edge of the bay towards the bridge. The wind was present but not too strong and the grasses in the foreground has a great wispy feel to them without being completely blurred. Overall this scene just worked harmoniously for me.

Four minutes of exposure gave me the effect on the water that I was looking for as well. I wanted it to be silky smooth but not fully washed out. The darker patch in the water allowed for gentle tonal separation in the water and I feel like that adds just a touch of depth to the water surface. What I did not want this time were the strong rough streaks present in the water. My vision was for a dreamy, soft seascape - a taming of the rough seas with a long exposure if that could be used as an appropriate expression.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 240 seconds F/8.0 ISO 200 24 mm

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