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Papamoa anchored stump dawn by Ken Wright

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This is it, what can I say about this image, could have posted another 15 like this, the dynamics of the drawn back wave, slight depression in the sand and that stump, what can you see in it, I went with boat anchor, Red Setter charging forward? my first thoughts where rusty alien star fighter that had crashed? either way its dynamic.

And lets not forget the gathering storm over Mount Maunganui in the distance with that subtle peach blush, it was raining by the time I left the beach.

I think its worth showing the sequence of shots taken, I shot 22 frames at this angle, you just keep working it till you get the water movement you want, people say to me “that was a lucky shot” well its not, its well crafted, here is the sequence, which one would you have gone with?

Shot on a Nikon D700 with Nikkor 17-35mm lens.
Cokinn ND8 and 2 grads + warming filter.
Processed in CS3 and photomatix.


new zealand, papamoa, mount maunganui, seascape, sea, beach, sand, driftwood, sunrise, ken wright, coast, bay of plenty, dawn

Hi, Kia Ora from New Zealand, i have recently moved to Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty. I have spent the last thirty years taking photos, I love capturing images, especially ones that only I saw, only I was silly enough to get up at that time to catch the sunrise, photography is a wonderful thing, capture an image and you preserve the moment forever, miss it, and its lost forever.

Hope that you enjoy these images.
© Ken Wright, lightwave Photography Limited.

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  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellover 3 years ago

    Lovely light and long exposure, Ken.

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 3 years ago

    that golden light! oh my!

  • tdn14277
    tdn14277over 3 years ago

    Great work Ken !

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Well done. The low light and perfect highlights make this unique. Call it 22 lucky shots. ;)

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 3 years ago

    Thanks for adding the extra info, Ken – always nice to see the ‘thought processes’ of an artist :) Lovely shot, by the way. That light in the forground is really special :) :) :)

  • Sean Farrow
    Sean Farrowover 3 years ago

    Awesome… end of story!

  • Jonathan Bartlett
    Jonathan Bartlettover 3 years ago

    This is definitely it! Beautiful shot!

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenover 3 years ago

    Great composition and long exposure. Excellent work. Cheers

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 3 years ago

    Wow, I thought, from the thumbnail, that this was a red-setter dog emerging wet from the sea.

  • Yep, saw that, just didn’t what type of dog, its a great chunk of wood, the sea has flipped it over now and its not worth a re look ;-(

    – Ken Wright

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 3 years ago

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