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Fire Skies

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 2 July 2019 in Landscape & Rural.


Switching between colour moods, this photo takes us back to the few wonderful mornings we spent at Binalong Bay in Tasmania in early 2018. We were very lucky with great conditions every morning. Light, colours and clouds were different each sunrise and I was able to photograph a variety of scenes. Some of the photos were quite challenging technically, both in the field and also in processing later. Some of them I was not confident to work on until now.

I posted previous photos of this iconic little tree in the Bay of Fires. There were so many vantage points that presented different compositional opportunities of the tree and its surroundings. Every day I was able to come up with something new. For this scene, I got low over the foreground rocks to emphasise their size and presence. This is a fantastic element that provides so much interest in this location. The big boulders covered in red lichen are a well known characteristic of the Bay of Fires. It was great to see how the lichen tones corresponded so well to the red sunrise colours above.

You can easily photograph them on their own or use them in combination with other features. Here I wanted to retain the tree as one of the main points of focus (especially with the fiery sky behind it) but I also wanted a strong foreground lead in. Low tide helped me a bit as I was able to get down in between rocks to look for an interesting composition. There were a couple of other photographers around and I think we were all able to find a great spot or two without interfering with each other's vision.

The time we spent in Binalong Bay was by far our best run of great photography conditions and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The bay truly lived up to its name and it is easy to see why it is such a favourite for many landscape photographers in Australia.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 16/5 second F/8.0 ISO 200 35 mm

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