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Overcast Light…

by on Aug.26, 2016, under Life, Photography

Our last day in Mollymook and we rose to some grey overcast skies. Frankly it wasn’t looking good and it was threatening to rain at any moment.

Still an intrepid bunch made their way down to the southern end of Mollymook beach to see what the morning might bring. We arrived ad walked right out to the point very early (by 5:30AM)!. I was already up and shooting in the dark well before sunrise at 5:40AM.

Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 95 sec at f/11, ISO 200

I must have been in the mood for seaweed this trip because yet again I grabbed a bunch to include in my foreground with foreboding overcast grey overhead. On the plus side we were getting pockets of really interesting light reflecting through the clouds in places.

The following was my favourite shot of the day. This is almost straight out of camera but it just symbolises the mood of the morning. Really overcast but with hints of that really beautiful light both in the clouds and all around. With a subtleness of colour and tone and an almost calm stillness to the world. The waves just slowly swished and washed back and forth inexorably dragging this small patch of grassy seaweed out across the wet sand to sea.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 31 sec at f/11, ISO 100

It’s just simply fantastic being out on mornings like these…

I first processed a colour rendition of the following and it had a similar look and feeling to the image above. This time however I decided to give it a much more sinister and moody interpretation with the dark monochrome conversion.



NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 10.00 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Finally the sun had well and truly risen (not that you could tell – it was still 100% overcast and the sun was really nowhere to be seen). I’d recced this spot much earlier in the dark when I’d first arrived. So I headed back to see if I could craft a composition here looking out through this gap to sea with the tendrils of water snaking in and out through the narrow channel.

Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 1.30 sec at f/11, ISO 400

Thus it was the end of another really excellent camera club weekend away. So looking forward to the next one later this year.

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