Sunday, 16 March 2014

A Valentine Sunset.

Last Wednesday I took off on a Photo Safari.

Popped into Valentine on Lake Macquarie for a recon before heading south to Catherine Hill Bay and then back to Valentine to catch the sunset over the lake.

Sunset can be very fickle at times!  Just when you think everything is aligning wonderfully, the lovely fluffy clouds that you hoped would look awesome, roll over, obscure the horizon, and play havoc with all ideas.  For this particular evening (as you will see in one of the photos) the setting Sun ended up behind a large band of cloud; I'd tear my hair out in frustration but, if you know me, you'd know that that would be a useless gesture!  I thought I may as well just stick around and see how it panned out.  As the Sun got lower, the light was reflecting off either side of the main cloud formation.  The movement of the cloud and the lower positioning of the Sun over the horizon as it went down actually gave some awesome light.  Not only that but the shapes of the clouds were so dramatic and the colours changed quickly as they reflected off the clouds and off the lake surface as the light faded.

For 3 of these photos I have used the same group of boats as the subject.  For one of these photos I was on full wide angle at 18mm.  For the other 2 I have zoomed into 34mm.  There are only a few minutes difference between each exposure but the light for each is totally different.  The other photos are opportunistic photos highlighting colours and shapes and there is a shallow DOF silhouette thrown in  'because it was there!'.

Also on this trip I re-visited Catherine Hill Bay.  Watch the blog for that post which will be in a couple of days.

I have been considering rising early for some Sunrise photos lately but will probably bide my time for a couple of weeks hence when daylight savings finishes here and I don't have to get up so early!

Hope you are all well.


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Sunset over Valentine, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

Valentine on Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

Sunset over Lake Macquarie at Valentine, NSW, Australia.

Journey to the Dark Side! Lake Macquarie from Bennets Park.  Valentine, NSW, Australia
Fleet's Out!  Toronto from Valentine, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

Twilight Sailing on Lake Macquarie.  Valentine, NSW, Australia.