Headed down to nearby Manns Point at Greenwich on Sydney Harbour with my daughter to check out sunset. There were far too many clouds for a nice sunset so I headed around the point to see if we could frame the city in the distance being hit by the setting suns rays.
Quickly setup with this fallen tree, the rocks (and oysters :)) and this pillar out in the water (made from railway line) for foreground interest.
About 15 minutes before sunset – 16-35/4 at 23mm, 1.6 sec @ f/11 and ISO 100 with the Heliopan CPL and Lee 0.9 grad ND
and this is about 15 minutes after sunset – 16-35/4 at 26mm, 124 sec @ f/11 and ISO 100 with the Heliopan CPL and Lee 0.9 grad ND
Note the massive increase in exposure time (over 6 stops) – all else being equal – and resultant different “feel” and “look” to the images – all just due to the large drop in ambient light (even though the overall exposures between the two look very similar). For the second I’ve also flipped the image around because I actually wanted the tree to lead from the bottom left corner up through the image toward the city on the right.