I was very lucky to get this shot this afternoon! I was running late (battling the traffic), and arrived on location at Mordialloc Pier just as the sky decided to open up and drench me. I had come too far to give up that easily, so I waited in the car until the rain let up as the sun started to disappear below the horizon to the west, allowing me to capture this photo.

The cloudscape was actually quite harsh and jagged, and I felt that it was too much of a distraction to the overall scene, so I applied the Orton effect to soften it up (and also to hide the ghosting of the people moving around at the far end of the pier).

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  1. Canon EOS 450D
  2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS @ 20mm
  3. 60 seconds @ f/8 (ISO100)
  4. Hoya NDX400 filter
  5. Cokin P121S + P121M filters
  6. Manfrotto 190XB tripod with 804RC2 head
  7. Orton effect, corrections and enhancements applied using Photoshop CS4 with Topaz Adjust 4 and Imagenomic Noiseware Professional plug-ins

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  • michellerena
    michellerenaover 4 years ago

    Well it sure was worth it, stunning colours, great shot:)

  • Thanks, Michelle!

    – Jason Green

  • Rebecca Cozart
    Rebecca Cozartover 4 years ago


  • Thanks, Rebecca :)

    – Jason Green

  • Shane Ransom
    Shane Ransomover 4 years ago

    Superb colours and well processed.
    Your patience payed off.

  • Thanks for your kind comment, Shane! Btw looking forward to seeing more of your aviation photography (I hold a Commercial Pilots License down here in Oz)…

    – Jason Green

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Hover 4 years ago

    very beautiful!

  • Thanks, Dinni – you have an amazing folio yourself!

    – Jason Green

  • NinaF
    NinaFover 4 years ago

    great capture

  • Thanks, Nina – glad you like it!

    – Jason Green

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

  • Woohoo! Thanks for the feature, Susanne!

    – Jason Green

  • Husky
    Huskyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Jase!! Love the “dreamy” feel, tones and the foreground leads ur eye to the sky, well done! (can I ask why you used F8 and not smaller F22, was it a time constraint?)

  • Thank you, Dale!

    In answer to your question: cheaper lenses (like my kit lens) tend to have a “sweet spot” one or two f-stops below the maximum aperture at which the lens can focus most sharply. Through experimentation, I have found that the range f/8 to f/11 gives the sharpest results for this particular lens, with f/5.6 to f/16 being acceptable also… going beyond f/16 tends to result in some blur.

    Furthermore, being a wide-angle lens that is focused somewhere near infinity in this photograph, changing the aperture will not show a significant difference in depth of field… therefore, the only reason I would have to shut down the aperture any further would be if I needed to achieve a slower exposure time (which I didn’t in this case).

    FYI I normally leave the wide-angle lens in the f/8 to f/11 range and only move outside that range when I have a compelling reason to do so with respect to shutter speed.

    – Jason Green

  • Patrick Morand
    Patrick Morandover 4 years ago

    Stunning Jason !

  • Thanks, Patrick :)

    – Jason Green

  • luke07
    luke07over 4 years ago

    Amazing shot…the softening worked brilliantly!

  • Thanks, Luke… it seems a lot of the group hosts on RB don’t appreciate the softening, so I’m glad someone likes it :)

    – Jason Green

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

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