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A Little Spray…

by on Feb.29, 2016, under Life, Photography

Out for my first sunrise shoot in well over a month. Our good friend Melinda (AKA KK) was in town so arrangements were made with Gerry, Tom and I to take her on a sunrise shoot.

Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 55 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Here we are at Little Bay in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and the swell and sea spray was in full force :). It was low tide just before sunrise (6:40AM) but that didn’t stop Gerry from getting absolutely drenched by a rogue wave (or three) to end the session.

Not only did I have to contend with sea spray on the filters it appears I had a smear (of water?) down one of my filters (my Lee 3 stop hard grad). Of course I only noticed this when I was looking at my images in Lightroom – sigh… Thankfully the sea spray caused me to give all my filters a bit of a clean out in the field about half way through. I still had to contend with about 40 RAW captures with this ugly smear down the middle of the image (including these first three shots). A bit of clever Lightroom cloning magic does wonders :).

Fine Spray

Fine Spray

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 26 mm, 62 sec at f/16, ISO 100

It was good to catch up with Tom and Melinda again (who I hadn’t seen since last year) – cheers to the both of you for making the trek to Sydney.

Here is a shot I took of Tom after sunrise. It’s actually a blend of six exposures (from -3EV to +2EV). I had Tom both move where I wanted him and to stand still for the captures – so not quite a sneaky behind the scenes capture :).



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 1/13 sec at f/16, ISO 100

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.

So here we are at the end of the session. Like me Gerry is shooting a BigStopper long exposure only a couple metres to the right of me. Six minutes in and mine is cooked. Looking to my right I see this huge wave coming and shout to Gerry to look out… moments later he’s standing tripod held in the air and the wave hits the rock shelf and bursts up and over him. A little sea spray is annoying enough on the filters but being drenched really takes the cake…

Finite Blue

Finite Blue

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 28 mm, 368 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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