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Sunset at Nobby’s

It was my beautiful nieces 19th birthday on Friday so the family went to lunch today (Sunday) to celebrate, which also means we got to have cuddles with the new little nephew who is a teeny tiny bundle of cuteness, just like she was.

After lunch we did what we do a lot – a drive by the beaches, it’s like we need to check they haven’t up’d and moved on us. Yep they’re still there okay we can go home LOL.

After the drive – no whales spotted yet – we headed back to Nobby’s to see what sunset was going to do.

The wispy clouds were already starting to get a tinge of colour so we were hopeful of some colour. I often get asked what my settings are, so I’ll try to explain a little of the technical details of the shoot today.

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The light just catches the to of the dunes and Nobby’s lighthouse.
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Reflections on the waterline at sunset/sunrise often give that somewhat so-so image a bit more punch.
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Water and wave movements are other elements to look for.
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Foregrounds can help you look into a photo or they can stop your eye right there – depends on what you’re looking for.

As a photographer, it’s important to not stay in the one spot, you’re always looking for different view points, different ways to see things.

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The Pasha Bulka Monument
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Through the porthole
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Depth of field is another way of changing it up, this is taken at f10 – notice the lighthouse is clear.
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This one at f4.5 – the background is soft, but the monument is still sharp.
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Use shapes and angles.

It’s also okay to go back to the same spot 🙂 .. particularly when the light is so pretty LOL

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Take a moment to soak it in.

Shutter speeds are another mechanism used in photography.

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This earlier one is taken at 1/13 second – the water is still mostly frozen.
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This one is taken 0.8 second – the water has started to take on that silky/whispy look.
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Again at 0.5, this time i waited for the water to start draining back off the sand in front of the rocks to give the sense of motion
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This one i stepped up to 2 seconds, the water is getting quite silky now.
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2 seconds and again getting the water movement – watch the waves learn their patterns.
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Sometimes it takes many many shots to get the “look” you’re looking for, and often until you get to processing you don’t know what that “Look” is!

 

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