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Classic Muriwai

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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Taken on December 23, 2009