Heaven's Burnout

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October 11, 2014

Heaven's Burnout

Australia, Australian Landscape Photographer, beach, coastline, landscape, New South Wales, NSW, Philip Avellana, seascape, shoreline, Turimetta
Heaven's Burnout


It's been ages since my last seascape shoot.  I don't know why this is.  It's probably the weather (winter just past), lack of inspiration / interest, no new places to explore, no new gear or just plain lazy.  Thus, I'm thankful to a friend (Ryan) who invited me to shoot at Turimetta one sunrise.

I've been shooting at Turimetta so many times that I know where to position.  I don't 'spray' my camera anymore hoping I get the perfect shot.  I just look at the scene, evaluate it and decide if I'll take the photo or not.  If it's really bad, I don't shoot.  If it's medicore, I might not take it as well.  If it's already amazing, then I shoot it.  No, I'm not being conservative on using my camera or shutter count.  I just want to train my eye to see beautiful composition.

The photo was taken at Turimetta Beach at Narrabeen.  I arrived pretty late, again.  But I still arrived before the actual 'red sunrise' (where the clouds turn red).  My selected location was already taken by earlier photographers so I just went by walking.  I arrived at the edges of the rocks and decided to shoot there.

This is a long exposure photo on a tripod.  I used 3 filters to control the brightness of the sky and lengthen the exposure time.  I also used a timer since it's beyond 30 seconds.

The photo is already saturated.  I just bumped the saturation a bit in photoshop using vibrance.  I then add an S-curve to increase contrast.  The sun is already blown out - I don't bother pulling in details.  There were no cloning - all rocks as is.  The photo already has a vignette, I didn't add / increase it.

The following are some details:

  • Nikon D800e
  • Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 @ 17mm, f/11
  • ISO200, 122 seconds
  • Manfrotto Tripod
  • Phottix TR-90
  • Lee 1.2 Solid ND Filter
  • Lee 0.6 Hard Grad Filter
  • Singh-Ray 0.9 Reverse Grad Filter


Location:
Turimetta Beach, Warriewood, NSW Australia

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