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Fractured Coast

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 24 June 2019 in Landscape & Rural.


Long exposure from the rugged coastline of Torndirrup National Park near Albany in Western Australia. Fast moving clouds prompted me to bring out a six stop neutral density filter and run the exposure up to four minutes to get the most of that motion in the sky. I also liked the fractured, rocky foreground that had so much detail in it. It fitted with the overall dark mood that I was going for.

I took some photo around sunset earlier in the evening and as I was taking them, I kept an eye out for possible long exposure compositions. I wanted to give clouds enough space in the frame to have a strong effect of motions, while also having plenty of interest in the foreground. What attracted me to this composition, aside from the rocky foreground, were the different layers that were present throughout the scene. The smooth sea added good separation between the closest rocks and the dark headland in mid-frame. The headland anchors the clouds for me and has just enough detail in it to have interest but not too much to take away attention from the clouds and foreground.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 240 seconds F/16.0 ISO 50 19 mm

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