A few weeks back I was all organized to do a landscape photography clinic at the Pinnacles with a school group as part of their outdoor Ed course. Unfortunately the day it was to happen was one of heat and high winds and with the Black Saturday fires still burning the government placed a blanket ban on all school camps state wide.
The outdoor Ed teacher is still keen to do it as an afternoon activity so I scouted out some locations on Port Phillip Bay on Wednesday after school with this spot being the best.
This is very much a filter created image and is shall we say an artistic rendering of the scene I actually saw. Firstly I put a circular polariser in front of the lens then attached a Cokin P filter holder onto that. Into this I put a Cokin P121S, 3 stop graduated neutral density filter, a P121 F full length 3 stop graduated neutral density filter and a Cokin P197 Sunset Filter. The effect of all this glass in front of the lens was to cut down the light enough to give a nice long exposure to flatten the water, the grads to even out the exposure of the very bright sky and the sunset to give it a bit of colour which the day had yet to deliver. Later on when it had delivered it the foreground rocks were in such deep shadow that a similar composition would not have worked as well. I also got wet to my middle to get in the right position.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM @ 28mm
Filter: circular polariser, Cokin P. 121S, 3 stop graduated neutral density filter, a P121 F full length 3 stop graduated neutral density filter and a Cokin P. 197 Sunset Filter
ISO: 100 (in retrospect ISO 50 would of been better)
Shutter Speed: 2.5sec
Exposure Compensation: +2/3rds stop
When: 6:40pm on 11/3/09
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