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Mollymook Meanderings…

by on Aug.21, 2016, under Life, Photography

At least once or twice a year my local photographic club has a “weekend away” – this year we were heading to the southern coastal village of Mollymook.

Out to Sea

Out to Sea

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + @, 1/600 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

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

Our “weekends away” are often a touch more than a weekend (three of four days). It’s great to just get away with like minded (read photographic enthusiasts) people. Just as important is to just focus on photography for a few solid days. There’s lots of good food, good company and lots of opportunity to go out together and shoot. When you’re getting up two hours before sunrise or staying out in the night to go shooting you’re definitely NOT the odd one out :).



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 10 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Mollymook is located within Shoalhaven city on the South Coast of New South Wales, approximately three hours drive south of Sydney. The little village of Mollymook is very close to the coastal towns of Milton & Ulladulla.

On the friday evening we headed south of Mollymook, south of Ulladulla to the southern side of Warden Head for a very nice little sunset. The angle of the land here made it better suited for a westward facing shooting position along the coast towards the setting sun.

In the image above I’ve focused on this nice bundle of seaweed as my foreground interest in this vertical composition. Some nice colour in the sky and a lovely reflection provided by nature. A 3 stop reverse grad to hold down the sky and a CPL to tame the reflections and boost the colours.

Blue Daze

Blue Daze

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 13 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Then I moved out into this very nice pool of still water. It was perfect for some reflections, especially with some longer exposures. Here the trick was to get the polarisation angle right with the CPL. You need to adjust so that you can see down into the water where required (to see those fantastic underwater rocks and weeds). All the same whilst also maintaining the coloured reflections of the sky and clouds above.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 52 sec at f/11, ISO 100

It wasn’t one of those fiery sunsets. However those serene smooth colour tones in the sky are good for the soul. Not too shabby for the photographer either :).

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