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Honeycomb (Explore 4/10/12)

Location

Ganh Da Dia is a small area of interlocking basalt columns sitting at the coast of Tuy An District, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, which is about 600 km from Ho Chi Minh City. The special rock formation comprises of round and pentagon dishes stacking on top one another, hence its name "Ganh Da Dia," means dish rock promotory in vietnamese. According to scientists, this extrusive volcanic rock was a result of an ancient volcanic eruption, caused by the fast cooling of lava at the surface of the sea. There is another site like this in Ireland and that is the Giant's Causeway.

  

Time

I arrived before sunrise at 4:00 am when it was still dark. There was a rain on the night before and I was worry that the sun might not come out due to lots of clouds in the sky. However, it finally started to glow and the sunrise was nothing short of a fantastic light show.

 

Techniques

 

2-stop hard step grad ND filter for darkening the brighter sky and bringing it into balance with the darker foreground rock.

10-Stop solid ND filter for lengthening the exposure time, which turned the water into a silky smooth surface.

Circular polarizer filter for increasing the overall color saturation and and making the sea surface in the foreground to be semi-transparent.

Hyperfocal distance focusing at 1.6m for fullframe 16mm at f/5.6

Single file captured in raw and processed in Lightroom.

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Taken on April 8, 2012