Dawn - Lighthouse Point

Travis Easton

Boronia, Australia

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Took this on my Australia Day 2009 weekend sea kayak trip around the Prom on our first morning. This was one of those cloudless and very intense summer mornings when the sun just catapulted up above that horizon becoming too intense and bright for good images almost instantly. This particular spot is away from any designated walking routes so is no doubt experienced only very rarely.

I got up before dawn and before any of my buddies were even thinking of saying hello to the new day. So I got this beautiful sight all to myself and additionally didn’t have the worry of unthinking friends stomping their footprints straight through the middle of my compositions like happened the previous day. It’s funny I just walk around beaches very carefully these days totally aware of the impact my footfalls will have on any composition but of course this is not normal with others oblivious to such aesthetic considerations. The great looking lichens on the foreground rock were certainly a big bonus.

Took a few of this one and the only way I could get any colour in the sky was to piggy back a 2 and 3 stop neutral density graduated filter (i.e. 5 stops) and then I had to make sure I placed them perfectly so I didn’t darken the headland (close but not perfect, good filter use is invisible and I haven’t quite succeeded in that here, I think I prefer winter sunrises). Fortunately my test shots were done pre-sunrise so I was all set up when the moment came. Amazing how much jiggery pokery it takes to get something to look the same as you see it.

One of my companions had hiked the north end of the Prom years before, walking almost 60km in stifling heat on inland viewless tracks in two days with very heavy packs, there destination Lighthouse Point. When they got there he was bitterly disappointed to see a small light on a stick atop a short metal framed tower and not the impressive round stone building they had envisaged. I think Russ enjoyed this trip much better certainly gave us a good laugh to reminisce about his younger gung-ho hiking days.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF24-70 f/2.8L USM @ 30mm
Filter: Cokin P121M 2 stop ND Grad and P121S 3 stop ND grad
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 0.8 sec
Aperture: f/16
WB: Auto
Exposure Compensation: minus 1/3rd stop
Post Capture: Levels, hue saturation, dodging & sharpening in PS4

For more shots from this area check out my Wilsons Promontory gallery.

10% of all profits go to the Wilderness Society

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