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Classic Muriwai

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I was out in West Auckland last night for dinner and decided to stop by Muriwai on my way back to catch the sunset. I went up to the viewing platforms to get a classic Muriwai shot of the gannet colony. Even though this exact shot has been done a million times already, I had to have my own version!

One thing I didn't count on was so many gannets flying around - I thought there'd be a few but there were heaps, right in the middle of the shot too, which I didn't want. Luckily a 3-stop ND filter was enough to slow the shutter down just enough so that the flying birdies were invisible (well, almost, there were a few white streaks I had to clone out, but nothing major).

The sunset turned out to be pretty good too.

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  1. tinkiak 52 months ago | reply


    Happy New Year!

  2. solidether 52 months ago | reply

    nice shot and great color and white-balance! (how do you always get it so "right"?) ;) cheers

  3. JoeyChow 52 months ago | reply

    Awesome foreground and sunset :) Very nice shot!

  4. nathankaso 52 months ago | reply

    This is incredible Chris! The light on the water is just stunning and the composition is perfect! Excellent shot!

  5. Kyle Simpson (left the building) 52 months ago | reply

    amazing shot Chris, that is a keeper!

  6. Peter Ribbeck 52 months ago | reply

    I love this mate!! at first i thought it was flowers at the bottom of the shot.

  7. DanielEwert 52 months ago | reply

    Wow! This is one of those images that is probably underappreciated until seen larger. I was confused by those white specs, but now seeing that they are birds I think this is great stuff. I'll bet a nice 16x24 print would be pretty awesome.

  8. K's EYES 52 months ago | reply

    Beautiful composition & light, love all the birds!

  9. karenhunnicutt 52 months ago | reply

    WOW!!! You always capture the most beautiful colors and scapes! Fantastic!

  10. Joe Rainbow 52 months ago | reply

    This is awesome Chris. I love the whole thing even if it had no birds, so they are just a bonus.

  11. Kenny Muir 52 months ago | reply

    Cracking shot Chris, Nice original angle. I always found that the safety barrier here was at a seriously annoying height for a tripod.

  12. Kenny Muir 52 months ago | reply

    Wish I could be back there. Just finished sending an email to my old work friends in Middlemore

  13. matthiasuhl 52 months ago | reply

    a breathtaking beauty again

  14. Steve.Lawton 52 months ago | reply

    Nice image love the sunset, and the light is beautiful.

  15. katepedley 52 months ago | reply

    I love Muriwai! Wonderful lighting and colour in this :)

  16. Daniel Murray (southnz) 52 months ago | reply

    Classic indeed....I could definitely see this ending up in a calendar! Beautiful shot.

  17. Massimo Forchini 50 months ago | reply

    wonderful! i voted for it on IFL :)

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