Mystic Trio

Location

Cam Ranh Bay is one of the deepest natural bays in Southeast Asia, located 45 km South of Nha Trang City. During the American Vietnam War, it served as an important airbase for the american airforce. The seascape in the bay is breathtaking and is still virgin. The sea water is blue and crystal clear. Waves are very soft year round even in the stormy conditions.

 

Time

I arrived before sunrise at 4:00 am when it was still dark. There were several rains on the night before. Therefore, there were lots of clouds in the sky in the following morning, which helped adding drama to the sunrise.

 

Techniques

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

The sky was still dark enough at this time to allow for a long exposure of 30 seconds at f/8, which turned the water into a smooth and misty 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 1.1m for fullframe 16mm at f/8

Single file captured in raw and processed in Lightroom.

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Taken on June 4, 2012
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