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Narrawallee Dreaming…

by on Aug.23, 2016, under Life, Photography

We woke early to head down to Narrawallee beach for sunrise. This spot was literally just up the road from the houses our group was staying in over the weekend.

I started out on the rocks in the middle of the beach looking for something interesting to include in my foreground. I found this nice little still pool filled with these nice jangles. A little bit of light painting with the torch to lift it out of the darkness during this three minute plus exposure. It’s 6:30AM and time to move on to another composition.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 195 sec at f/8, ISO 200

I moved out onto the sand to look for some separated rocks in the sand at the waters edge. Another long exposure lets me smooth the slow ebb and flow of the water. Again with a little light painting to lift the black rocks from the darkness.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 147 sec at f/10, ISO 100

Just after 7AM the sun began to hint that it was going to crest the horizon. As it did the sky began to light up in pinks and fiery reds. It was going to be one of those mornings.

I’ve found myself this nice little crater shaped rock formation to include in my foreground. As a result it was just a matter of composing everything else around it.

For the image below I’ve light painted the foreground and set my shutter for a nice bit of water streaking around me.

Narrawallee Earthfire

Narrawallee Earthfire

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 3 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Finally a more centred composition with a better unobstructed section of water between my crater and the rising sun. All the rockage is pointing towards my hero the rising sun in the sky. The pinks in the rippled clouds were forming nicely but the sun was very bright. As such I bracketed a set of frames here. I took five exposures from -2 & 2/3EV to +1 & 1/3EV. Finally in post I manually blended the exposures on layers in photoshop. Using a little manual blending plus some luminosity masking produced this final result.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 6 sec at f/16, ISO 100

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