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Light Night

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The "For Sale" Miniseries

"Light Night" is the seventeenth photo in a miniseries that I recently started. Over the next few weeks, I'll be covering all of my photographs available as prints on my website. I'll be uploading one every weekday (except Friday), as usual, but you'll find a lot more information on the photographs themselves - I might sneak in a few tutorials, quick tips, etc. It'll be great for new and old photographers alike - If you have any friends who might be interested, be sure to let them know! I'll be updating everything on my blog as well as my other social networks, so if you would prefer to follow it there, just click on one of the links above. :)


About "Light Night"

"Light Night" was taken from Catherine Hill Bay. Catherine Hill Bay is a coastal bay and village on the southern peninsula forming Lake Macquarie, south of the Pacific Ocean entrance channel at Swansea in New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the City of Lake Macquarie local government area. The village is the oldest continuous settlement in the City of Lake Macquarie.Proposals for rezoning and redevelopment of the area for upmarket housing were opposed by residents, many of whom lived in older style and small miners' cottages, and by environmentalists, who contended that the heathlands around the village contained a large variety of wildflowers, some dwarfed into unusual forms from the exposed coastal conditions. On 1 September 2009, a court ruled the development agreement illegal.


Taking "Light Night"

Nikon D90 | Sigma 10-20mm

30 sec | f/7.1 | ISO100 | 11mm


Catherine Hill Bay is an incredibly rich location for landscape photography. So many different elements to shoot depending on the tide. In this case, I was caught out by the incoming tide and had to do some quick rock climbing to avoid getting wet (and eaten by bluebottles). This particular photo was the very last I took that day, and turned out (in my opinion) the best. I wanted to capture a day-like atmosphere, after sunset. A large aperture (f7.1) combined with a 30 second exposure gave me lovely glassy water, after sunset.


Processing "Light Night"

In retrospect, a 30 second exposure probably wasn't quite long enough, and the image was a little dark. I had to bump the exposure in Adobe Camera Raw by one stop, and then further brighten the foreground using the graduated effect filter. Other than some selective contrast/clarity adjustments around the sky and foreground rocks, processing was fairly straight forward. Enjoy :)

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Taken on February 19, 2011