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Roots among the mangrove trees. East Point, Darwin.

Down really low, the tripod spread apart so that I can get the camera down close to the roots of the Mangrove trees that are only exposed at low tide. With the sun over my shoulder and behind clouds I could get the light into the tree without my own shadow getting in the way! I had to take this shot quickly though, my knees couldn’t take the crouching for too long and I had to be wary or crocs in this location!

2017-0087. East Point Reserve, Darwin NT.

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Afternoon Light On The Rocks

Just hanging out for sunset, watching the light cross the rocks.

Fannie Bay, Darwin NT. Australia. 2016-0083-Edit

Fannie Bay, Darwin NT. Australia. 2016-0083-Edit

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Sunset Over Darwin Harbour From East Point

It’s been hot and we haven’t had any rain to help temper the humidity of the wet season so by the time I got to this location I was soaked in sweat! Before I arrived at this location I had been in an area shielded from the breeze but as soon as I stepped out of the car here I was met by the cool breeze coming off the water and the promise of a beautiful sunset. This part of East Point can be difficult to photograph, it’s a great place to watch the sunset but it can be difficult to find foreground-background compositions that I like to use. Luckily, I have been here before so I used some tried and true compositions as well as experimenting with some new ideas as the light faded away for the day.

East Point Reserve, Darwin NT. Australia. 2016-0068-Edit

East Point Reserve, Darwin NT. Australia. 2016-0068-Edit

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East Point Cliffs Glowing At Sunset

Took my first trip out for 2016 last night and the sunset did not disappoint. Unfortunately, I was in the wrong place! I was hoping to get some good shots of a group of trees that become submerged at high tide (I might post these images later) but at the sun dipped below the horizon I could see a band of cloud that I knew was going the light up so I scrambled back to the car to get to a different location. I was right but this particular sunset was very difficult to shoot because the clouds with the nice pink colour were up very high so it was hard to get foreground features composed with it.

Later, all that was left was a faint flow on the horizon and this painted the cliffs at East Point in a very warm light which you can see here.

East Point, Darwin NT, Australia. 2016-0071-Edit

East Point, Darwin NT, Australia. 2016-0071-Edit

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Sunset at Fannie Bay Beach

Cloudless days make for boring sunsets right? Not always! The trick is to have a clear view of the horizon and to be patient. The sun was long gone and it was getting quite dark when the sky lit up like this and it was only when the red appeared in the sky that I could make a composition with the magenta coloured rocks work.

Fannie Bay Beach, Northern Territory, Australia. 2015-1690

Fannie Bay Beach, Northern Territory, Australia. 2015-1690

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Something Different

As promised, here is something a little different to what I normally create. When I shoot I normally have my ultra-wide lens on the camera, I like to use near-far relationships in landscapes to highlight depth and add complexity to a scene.  This article on Luminous-Landscape got me thinking about my neglected telephoto lens, I’ve taken some great shots with it but for me, it’s rare that a scene screams “CHANGE LENSES!!!!” loud enough to grab the tele out of the bag. For this shoot down at East Point I put the tele on straight up and forced myself to think differently, here is one of many shots that I’m proud of and will print soon.

East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. 2015-1649

East Point, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. 2015-1649

One down side to using my tele is that I don’t have a filter adapter for it, I took this shot with an ND filter that I had to hold in front of the lens. This can work but it is a bit of a pain, especially when you drop the filter into the water and only just catch it before it gets swept out to sea! Then I had to dunk the filter back into the water to get the sand off it before I could wipe the water off with a cloth… All good fun while you are perched on a rock with the tide coming in around you.

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Hazy

I really wanted to photograph this area at low tide but last weekend the tide was right up so I took the opportunity to work with the rocks and the water as it’s not often that the tide is this high. I had to sneak past the fisherman to get to this place – careful of any errant hooks about to be flung my way! This part of the coastline cut away sharply to accentuate the curve of the bay and to highlight the different colours and textures of the rocks.

As the sun went down the sky lit up in a hazy orange with the most subtle of details in the dusty, smoky air that hangs in the sky during the dry season. The land in the foreground takes up the same colours as the sky for a very warm effect. The people fishing are a part of the landscape, I like to include them in my shots because it shows how people enjoy this place and how we interact with it. I love to hear your feedback on my images and if you want to know more about how I create them please leave me a comment.

East Point Reserve, Darwin NT. 2015-0974-Edit

East Point Reserve, Darwin NT. 2015-0974-Edit

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While I Was Waiting

I’d finished up shooting and walked back to the car park, my wife was going to pick me up but she had not arrived yet so I looked around for something to shoot while I waited. I could see the orange glow very faintly on the horizon, there was not much light left because the sun had gone down almost an hour before. With nothing else to do I decided to take a couple of shots anyway. I took some horizontal shots and then decided to switch to vertical to emphasise the transition from light to dark, focusing was difficult – it was so dark I had to manually guess the focus on the live view screen of the camera – not an easy task with all the sensor noise the camera was generating!

When I had finished the exposure I was pleasantly surprised! Almost invisible to the naked eye but obvious after a long exposure was the pink, whispy clouds in the centre of the frame, by sheer luck I had composed them beautifully and they helped with my intent for this image – to emphasise the transition from light to dark. They go beautifully against the reflection in the water and the glow on the horizon. This might just be the best image from this shoot and one that I never planned to capture.

2015-0993-Edit

2015-0993-Edit

East Point Reserve
Darwin, Northern Territory
Australia.

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