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"Sacrifice" (Explored #23)

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I spent the entire day riding my motorbike with a group of friends and arrived home around 4:30pm. I was incredibly sore and very tired, but I needed my fix - I grabbed my camera gear, frantically cleaned my lens and GND then raced down to a favourite spot (Cronulla) to capture what was left of the remaining light. I am in Sydney, Australia which means the sun sets in the west (over the mountains), however occasionally you get clouds on the horizon to the east which reflect the colours of the sunset. Today was no exception, with mother nature displaying some of the most amazing cumulus clouds i've seen in my short career as a landscape photographer.

Whilst on this shoot, my car broke down, I got an $84 parking ticket for parking "nose in", and my body is screaming at me to let it rest. All sacrifices i'm happy to make for photography.

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon 17-40mm f4.0L @ 17mm
Filter(s): Cokin P121M GND
Aperture: f/4
Exposure Time: 0.6 sec
Post processing: Photoshop CS5 - Corrected levels, processed for B&W.

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  1. ViewsOfIreland.com 36 months ago | reply

    Brilliant work Luke, congrats on Explore!!

  2. David Collier 36 months ago | reply

    Nice work mate. Can you tell me a bit about your filter?

  3. Luke Peterson Photography 36 months ago | reply

    Hi David,

    Sure, for this shot I used the Cokin P121M GND + filter holder + 77mm adapter ring. The P121M is an ND4 (2 stop) soft graduated neutral density filter, and is pretty much permanently attached to my lens. The contrast in the clouds above isn't due to the GND however and was acheived in the post-processing stage

    Does that help? :)

  4. David Collier 36 months ago | reply

    thanks Luke, sounds interesting.. I might have to investigate and try some different filters. Cheers D

  5. Luke Peterson Photography 36 months ago | reply

    No worries. You can pick up a single Cokin P121M for around $40 AUD. :)

  6. Nikon Chris photos 36 months ago | reply

    Nice clouds. They look like they are dropping from the sky. Very interesting.

  7. milbs1 36 months ago | reply

    A beautiful B&W. Congrats on Explore :)

  8. Panuwud 36 months ago | reply

    truly amazing!!

  9. Denis Vahey 36 months ago | reply

    Epic stuff, the sky is in a serious mood!

  10. Dmitri007 36 months ago | reply

    This one is so cool! I love the clouds and all the drama.

  11. Diego_D 36 months ago | reply

    Great shot!

  12. fawaaz|photography 36 months ago | reply

    nice work with the filter and exposure time!

  13. Andrew Emmett 36 months ago | reply

    Great shot and B&W conversion

  14. F Fazal 36 months ago | reply

    Great black and white! Love the sky.

  15. Carlo Zustovi 36 months ago | reply

    Wonderful work!
    Fantastic grayscale!

  16. STEFFEN EGLY 33 months ago | reply

    this is also damatic! you have amazing pics on your stream =)

  17. JeffOates 32 months ago | reply

    Superb black and white. Very beautiful.

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