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Wellington Rocks Dawning…

by on Oct.27, 2014, under Life, Photography

Well having just finished an impromptu and unexpected star trails session it was time to focus on the typical sunrise session I was originally intending for this morning at Wellington Rocks 🙂

Now that it was light enough to actually see I looked around for some interesting locations and ended up deciding to try and climb the short headland so that I could shoot over the top of both of the rock pillars which thrust out of the rock plates and form Wellington Rocks.

Once at the top and the front of the ridge it looked like a pretty sweet spot for some wide panoramic views over the area. I was on a pointed part of the headland so I had uninterrupted sweeping views for about 250˚ from almost north right around to almost west.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Purples over Wellington

Purples over Wellington

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 45.00 sec at f/8, ISO 200

The above is a panorama stitch of ten (10) long exposure frames taken with the 16-35 racked out at 35mm. This was taken before sunrise during twilight with some manual adjustments across the exposures to compensate for changing light – adjusting both shutter speed and aperture a little (between 61 seconds @ f/6.3 to 45 seconds @ f/8).

Adding the Heliopan CPL to the 3 stop reverse grad this is a single exposure at 6:17AM and just minutes before sunrise.

Wellington Lined

Wellington Lined

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 5.00 sec at f/11, ISO 100

and just after sunrise this seven (7) frame stitched panorama at a wider 20mm.

Rising over Wellington

Rising over Wellington

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Panoramas done and the sun now risen I moved down to the shadowed side of Wellington Rocks to look for some compositions before the sun rose to high and the hard light set in.

Inner Flow

Inner Flow

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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