Stormy Sunset Above The Pinnacles by Jason Green

Stormy Sunset Above The Pinnacles by 

As I waited for this series of bracketed long exposures of The Pinnacles at Cape Woolamai to complete, I was paying close attention to the storm approaching the coastline and the countless lightning bolts that appeared to be striking at the ocean… my nerves growing as I realised that the storm was heading straight for me, and that the top of my head was one of the highest electrically conductive surfaces in the area!

Just as the shutter closed for the last time, a deluge of torrential rain fell upon The Pinnacles and the cliffs of Cape Woolamai… thunder clapped deafeningly all around me… and I swore I was able to feel the immense electrical energy being discharged from the black cumulonimbus clouds that seemed to hanging just above my head.

I abandoned the photo shoot, oh so close to my intended destination at the bottom of The Pinnacles, and sprinted back along the walking track atop the cliffs of Cape Woolamai. I made it safely back to the Cape Woolamai surf beach, albeit drenched in cold (refreshing) rain from head to toe… where I was able to watch the storm pass before attempting a few dusk photos along the beach.

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  1. Canon EOS 450D
  2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS @ 18mm
  3. 60 seconds @ f/8 (ISO100)
  4. Hoya NDX400 filter
  5. Hoya PRO1D Circular PL filter
  6. Cokin P121S + P121L filters
  7. Manfrotto 190XB tripod with 804RC2 head
  8. HDR generated from 3 exposures (+/-2ev) using Photomatix Pro
  9. Corrections/enhancements applied using Photoshop CS4 with Topaz Adjust and Imagenomic Noiseware Professional plug-ins

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  • charitygrace
    charitygracealmost 5 years ago

    That water looks incredible. Glad you survived the photoshoot!!!!!

  • Thanks, charitygrace… I’m always amazed at what timelapse photography can do for a choppy seascape… this photo really doesn’t show just how violent the water was down there – I’d say the waves were easily taller than me (and I stand at 5’11")… and I too am glad that I survived the photo shoot ;)

    – Jason Green

  • Patrick Morand
    Patrick Morandalmost 5 years ago

    Very beautiful light Jason !

  • Thanks, Patrick… you’ve got some amazing work over in your folio, too… instant addition to my watchlist! :)

    – Jason Green

  • Clive S
    Clive Salmost 5 years ago

    Amazing shot.. fantastic.

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Thanks, Clive… have just added you to my watchlist so that I can keep up with your amazing HDR work too :)

    – Jason Green

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work, Jason :))

  • Thank you for another kind comment, Colleen… as always, so glad that you liked it!

    – Jason Green

  • Jason Kiely
    Jason Kielyalmost 5 years ago

    sensational shot. Cracking spot.

  • Thanks, Jason (great name, btw grin)… The Pinnacles is by far my favourite location… so stand by for more images from my next trip down there, when I hope to get down to the bottom of the cliffs again!

    – Jason Green

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTalmost 5 years ago

    Exquisite colors and details….. well done landscape.

  • Many thanks for another kind comment, Janusz!

    – Jason Green

  • David Haworth
    David Haworthalmost 5 years ago

    stunning result. I’ve just got a tiny lightweight plastic poncho to carry for just these instances , yet to try it out :)

  • Thanks, David… love your work, too (so much so that I added you to my watchlist)… my umbrella is the one thing I take everywhere with me and then leave in the car when I realise I am trying to carry too much… lightweight poncho could be a worthwhile investment!

    – Jason Green

  • John Dekker
    John Dekkeralmost 5 years ago

    Well worth the drenching Jason. It is one of my favourite spots and you’ve captured it so dramatically and so beautifully.

  • Thank you, John… have just added you to my watchlist and very much looking forward to see more of your amazing photography!

    – Jason Green

  • RichardIsik
    RichardIsikalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot, Jason

  • Thanks, Richard… glad that you liked it!

    – Jason Green

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you, vampvamp… I’m glad that you liked it!

    – Jason Green

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