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Light in A Darkened World

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 4 June 2020 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


A return to a morning at Playa de Gueirua in Asturias, Spain. After the lovely pre-sunrise glow that I presented in an earlier photo, darker clouds started to arrive from nearby mountains and covered up the spot where the sun was about to come up. That changed the mood of the scene towards darker and more mysterious feeling. This prompted me to go for a long exposure to enhance that mysterious atmosphere. I wanted to have some streaky clouds, smooth milky water between the rocks and also to maximise the detail in the foreground by smoothing out the clear water as much as possible. I think it added a lot of interest and tonal contrast to the scene.

I also mentioned previously about the changes to the scenery as the tides change. I took this photo about thirty minutes after the previous one and you can already see how much the outgoing tide has revealed. Ridges sculpted by nature started to appear from under the water and further detail beneath he surface was revealed. This was possible because as the sea receded, almost still pools of water remained between the rocks. They were previously covered by the gentle waves and looked very much washed out. Now wonderful detail of the bottom was coming through and enhanced the composition.

It is an amazing experience to watch the tide change the shore minute by minute. I have been lucky to be able to experience tides in many different places. From slow movement to rapid changes in water level, from stormy high level swell to gentle waves brushing the shore. It is great to study how conditions change and how to use them to photograph different moments. It is also great to feel that harmonious flow of nature, to understand that nothing is ever stable and everything around us changes at various pace. Hopefully this can make us realise in darker times things are also constantly changing and that there is always light somewhere, if not where we are right now, and it may yet burst through this darkened world to make it a better place for everyone.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 180 second F/16.0 ISO 50 16 mm

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