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Dark Portal

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 30 December 2021 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


Finishing 2021 with one of the my latest photos and also one of my favourites of the year. I am forever on the lookout for dark and moody scenes and found this dramatic seascape during an evening at Greens Pool near the town of Denmark in Western Australia. I spent a couple of hours exploring the granite outcrops and taking photos before finding this superb spot almost right at the very end. It proved to be my favourite composition from the entire evening. That might have worked out for the best, as I took many many photos, and if we found this spot first, I would probably just stay there for most of the evening.

I had a couple of options with regards to the composition. I could go horizontal or vertical but no matter which way I chose, the pool looked the best when placed in the centre. Then it was a question of how close to get to the pool, how much sky to include and how to balance the composition together. There was interest in every part of the scene. They sky had some great light and clouds, I loved the textures in the foreground around the pool of water and the midground had good water tones and textures as well as the bunch of rocks close to the horizon line. The water in the midground was probably the least interesting or dramatic element, a kid of a filler between the foreground and sky, so I tried to keep it to minimum in the frame. I felt that the tones matched nicely across the entire frame and this composition worked for my vision very well.

The light was just a smidgen softer than it appears in my final image but I had this dark and gritty vision in my mind when I was working on that image. It fitted with the overall impression of this amazing coastline for me. There was so much detail and beautiful textures everywhere I looked. As the light changed throughout the evening, I was able to see them more clearly with different shapes of the rocks and their structure becoming even more pronounced. The little pool of water and the reflection were just perfect. I was really glad to have found them. It did look like a dark portal of some kind of some kind or may be I just have been watching too much Wither in recent times. In saying that, I am probably heavily influenced by the world of fantasy when processing my photos. I love moody, ethereal and dreamy scenes and I am happy to admit that. I do not just want to take photos, I want to create them as well.

Summing up 2021, I have not been as prolific as in some previous years. I still spent a lot of time working on photos from our last big trip in 2019, while introducing a little of my latest images here and there. Because of international travel restrictions in Australia over the last two years, we spent more time visiting new and re-exploring old places in Western Australia. I still have a lot of these photos to share. I hope that we can soon return so at least a shadow of the life we had before covid. I am itching to travel outside of my home state.

I wish everyone a safe and happy New Year 2022 with great light and lots of photographic success! See you next year ;-)

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