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Guardians in the Night…

by on Mar.09, 2016, under Life, Photography

Even thought there was no nice sunset this evening I was still really enjoying the session down on the sand standing toe to toe with these massive guardians of the southern ocean.

It’s an invigorating experience being in a place like this. Massive cliffs rising behind me, a fantastic stretch of sand at my feet and bright greeny blue water pounding in in front of me. Even without these massive sea stacks the ruggedness of the location would be awe inspiring. I was alone in the universe with this raw landscape and loving it.

Guardians of the Light

Guardians of the Light

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 308 sec at f/10, ISO 200

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.

The shot above was taken up about as close as I dared get to the stacks. Every now and then a larger wave would come in and wash around me as it broke on the sand. Lucky I’d worn my trusty photography shorts and me sea shoes. It’s just past 9PM and a few minutes after sunset. The cloud is heavy and I’m using the Lee LittleStopper to get me out to a five (5) minute exposure.



NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm, 25 sec at f/11, ISO 100

I switched to a vertical framing and was planning to take a long exposure panorama which stretched from the cliffs behind me on my right right around past the sea stacks to the cliffs over my left shoulder.

This is single central test frame I was working on before starting the panorama. I loved the way the crack in the sky was reflecting on the sand and sort of mimicking the sea stack.

I took fourteen (14) frames for the panorama (some repeats) but alas the light conditions were changing so rapidly during twilight I had to make all sorts of adjustments as I went along trying to keep the exposures vaguely matched. Alas in the end the resultant frames just would not stitch.

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