Sugar Loaf Islands, New Plymouth, NZ by Dean Mullin

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Small 12.0" x 6.6"
Medium 18.0" x 9.9"
Large 24.0" x 13.2"
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This , I think, has been my most successful and favourite shot. I’d just received a new 10stop filter in the mail and only went down there that evening to give it a try. Stumbling onto my favourite beach and witnessing it like this was magic. The beach changes so much during the year from beautifully fantastic to wild and rugged and never do I bore of being there watching the surf with the dog.

Sony a350, 30sec at f9, ISO100 – 28mm
B&W x1000 10 stop filter

WINNER – NZ Geographic Landscape Photograph of the Year 2010

Featured and published in 1×.com photo yearbook 2010

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thanks to all who’ve viewed it :)

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  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 5 years ago

    Dean, this is just so absolutely gorgeous, the colour is wow! and I love the angle looking through these huge ripples of sand towasrds those little islands and lovely light, Fantastic Capture

  • Thanks Josie, I wasn’t too sure of the crop on this, I tried a few different combos (less sky, less foreground etc) to get the ‘thirds’ thing going on. but I settled back with how it was originally with the horizon almost centred…. Seems to work though.

    – Dean Mullin

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersabout 5 years ago

    Really love this Dean…beautiful composition, lovely tones, and love that fabulous foreground…really draws you in!

  • thanks Ursula, hows the exhibition going?

    – Dean Mullin

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning! Gorgeous lighting and tones :-)

  • Thanks Angie, love the tones you get in your images

    – Dean Mullin

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinabout 5 years ago

    Wow!! What an absolutely awesome place!!
    Love how the water seems to lead me to each of the islands.

  • Thanks Vik. Is the crop ok? see my reply to josie above

    – Dean Mullin

  • Jane Best
    Jane Bestabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful. Well composed with the ripple lines in the foreground leading toward the islands. Nice contrast too.

  • thank you Jane. This beach is just 5 mins from my place.. The dog likes it too!

    – Dean Mullin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 5 years ago

    Awesome shot Dean!!

  • Thanks Nat

    – Dean Mullin

  • Kory Trapane
    Kory Trapaneabout 5 years ago

    Nice one! I need to work on my landscapes… You’ve inspired me! :)

  • Thanks Kory, I never forget you were the one to inspire me long ago when I first ventured out with my camera in the early days of the FB comps… Cheers Buddy. I feel I’ve come a long way since those days.. but still a long way to go eh! :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinabout 5 years ago

    Hey Buddy – yeah the crop works!
    The pic would have been stronger with the horizon on the upper thirds – BUT you’d have lost that lovely blue in the sky. Perhaps a grad ND would have left a little colour in the sky just above the islands and allowed you to place it on the thirds.
    In this pic – the crop works!

  • HI Vikram,
    Hey thanks, I’ve taken what you and Kory have said and redone the image and replaced it. I cropped out a bit of the sky and brought in a grad filter to make up for the lighter sky. I’ve contemplated both images and prefer this one over the first crop. The foreground is now much more prominent and the image more exciting I think.

    – Dean Mullin

  • Kory Trapane
    Kory Trapaneabout 5 years ago

    BTW, breaking the rules sometimes is what you gotta do to make an impact, and I think it works here because the rocks/mounds push the horizon to the upper third. The interest to me however, is more in that cool foreground, so you really don’t want to call the attention to the sky. If anything, a little more of the foreground would be the key. But I actually like it as is!

  • HI Kory, I’ve replaced this image now with one that I feel is a better crop. – the foreground is now the dominating factor I think, and the islands are not lost in the ‘big sky’

    I hope you prefer this version :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • Karen Millard
    Karen Millardabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Dean

  • Thanks Karen! :o)

    – Dean Mullin

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