The Bay was One with the Sky

Cedric Canard

Belmont, Australia

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Wynnum, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

This image was an accident or seemed to be at first. The ISO was set to 800 from a previous shoot and is not ideal for a bright daytime shot. This "mistake" was compounded with an exposure compensation of +2ev. Of course I didn’t notice this until later (I rarely look at the image preview on my camera).
Now, these mistakes show how incompetent I am with the technicalities of photography. While I undestand the basics I get too lost in the moment to consider the exposure details of the shot. And this has led some people to ask me why do I not simply shoot in auto. There’s a reason for this and this photo is a perfect example.
When I saw this scene I was bemused by the merging of sea and sky. The sky was cloudy and white and bright as was the bay and I could not tell where one started and the other ended. They blended into one, bright space of light. Had I shot in auto, the camera would have adjusted the tonal range and the result would have been of something else, not what was presented to me.
I should point out here that I do not recall over-exposing by 2 stops. Like I said it’s not something I think about normaly. So you could say the image made itself… by accident.

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