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Looking Through Natures Window



Kalbarri Western Australia. Just as the was rising

Kalbarri Western Australia. Just as the was rising
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41 Comments | Report
gek1701
 
gek1701 August 03, 2014
Great shot!!
michellemckoy
michellemckoy May 02, 2015
thanks :)
michellemckoy
michellemckoy May 02, 2015
thanks :)
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 August 03, 2014
Awesome ")
michellemckoy
michellemckoy May 02, 2015
thanks :)
josephinecaruana PRO
 
josephinecaruana August 04, 2014
Fantastic capture.
michellemckoy
michellemckoy May 02, 2015
thanks :)
kilaueavolcan
 
kilaueavolcan August 21, 2014
Great picture
michellemckoy
michellemckoy August 21, 2014
Thanks so much :)
michellemckoy
 
michellemckoy August 21, 2014
This is the second edit of this image. Both are on my profile. The original one is a finalist in the Golden Hour Photo Comp
Dakin
 
Dakin September 02, 2014
Nice shot, well done.
michellemckoy
michellemckoy September 10, 2014
thanks :)
islandbug PRO
 
islandbug September 07, 2014
What a fantastic shot! Great job!
michellemckoy
michellemckoy September 10, 2014
thanks so much :)
vbpbeetschen1305821
 
vbpbeetschen1305821 September 11, 2014
Excellent Work !
michellemckoy
michellemckoy September 30, 2014
Thanks so much :)
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita October 01, 2014
superb...congrats on the awards.
michellemckoy
michellemckoy October 22, 2014
Thanks !!
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More October 01, 2014
Wow wonderful capture!
michellemckoy
michellemckoy October 22, 2014
Thanks !!
SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen October 14, 2014
Love the light.
michellemckoy
michellemckoy October 22, 2014
Thanks !!
dorothypierini-rodgers
 
dorothypierini-rodgers October 16, 2014
Amazing Capture - Breathtaking
dorothypierini-rodgers
 
dorothypierini-rodgers October 16, 2014
Amazing Capture - Breathtaking
michellemckoy
michellemckoy October 22, 2014
Thanks !!
dorothypierini-rodgers
 
dorothypierini-rodgers October 16, 2014
Breathtaking - Amazing shot
michellemckoy
michellemckoy October 22, 2014
Thanks !!
Photobaaz
 
Photobaaz October 22, 2014
WOW
michellemckoy
michellemckoy October 22, 2014
Thanks !!
scouse007
 
scouse007 October 25, 2014
Awesome
tinawiley PRO+
 
tinawiley October 27, 2014
Love this!!
neesonpa1 PRO
 
neesonpa1 November 13, 2014
breathtaking view! Congrats!
Steve_Webster PRO
 
Steve_Webster November 14, 2014
Fabulous capture Michelle, I tried to do similar but came well short! Great work.
lionelkavanagh
 
lionelkavanagh December 28, 2014
Stunning.
mdriley00 PRO+
 
mdriley00 February 28, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
mdriley00 PRO+
 
mdriley00 February 28, 2015
Nice Composition
beverleypohlner
 
beverleypohlner March 16, 2015
Wow
1 You got this one at the right time of day, well done.
clownsonvelvet PRO
 
clownsonvelvet May 01, 2015
Wow! Nice star burst!
petalfrench
 
petalfrench May 01, 2015
Awesome shot
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia May 02, 2015
f a n t a s t i c !
Echopetphotography
 
Echopetphotography May 02, 2015
Fab shot well done
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 03, 2015
Awesome capture. Congrats!
irmaferreira
 
irmaferreira May 05, 2015
Completely mesmerizing
DanushiaDee PRO
 
DanushiaDee June 01, 2015
Breath-Taking. Bravo!
misterG
 
misterG July 07, 2015
Nice :)
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 July 10, 2015
congratulations on your finalist award .. an awesome image !!
kanizkhan
 
kanizkhan July 30, 2015
Great framing!
anreuys PRO+
 
anreuys June 08, 2016
Breathtaking picture!
shutteraholic
 
shutteraholic October 12, 2016
Beautifully Amazing !
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 25, 2016
Very nice capture
Lesabre1954 Premium
 
Lesabre1954 January 28, 2017
A superb visualization and composition! A masterpiece!
SandraStewartPhotgraphy
 
SandraStewartPhotgraphy July 25, 2017
Amazing...!
Teratura PRO
 
Teratura February 06, 2018
Perfect placement, very nice capture!
JB11
 
JB11 April 28, 2018
Great work
marcbaechtold PRO+
 
marcbaechtold May 13, 2018
cool photograph with nice details and good contrasts, keep shooting!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Nature's Window, Murchison Gorge, Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia
Time
The golden hour at sunrise. This was taken just moments after the sun came up over the horizon.
Lighting
This was all natural lighting and the sun illuminated the inside of the Window beautifully
Equipment
Canon 6D | Canon 16-35mm 2.8 | Manfrotto Tripod | Circular Polarising Filter
Inspiration
This was on my bucket list of locations to shoot. It was my birthday so I took a road trip to spend the day with a friend and our cameras. I had looked at hundreds of shots of Nature's Window and tried to pre-visualise a different perspective. Thinking the sun would rise through the window that was the shot I headed there to get. Upon arriving early I realised that the angle of the sunrise was wrong, so re-evaluated the scene and decided to step back for a wider shot which would still include the sun. Lucky for me I did and captured the magical sunburst on the edge of the rock.
Editing
Yes a little post processing was done as I shoot in RAW. Firstly I Lightened the shadows in front of the Window using LR 5. Increased contrast, clarity and vibrancy. Increased the red slider a touch to bring out the colour in the rock. Opened in PS 6, creating an adjustment layer to increase the saturation of the greens in the trees and other detail looking through the Window. This helped to give it more depth. Added a vignette in LR to help the eye be drawn to the looking through and at the Window.
In my camera bag
Canon 6D. All lenses are Canon also. They are 50mm 1.4 | 100m 2.8 | 16-35mm 2.8 | 24-70mm 2.8 |70-200mm 2.8 | 24-105mm F4. Lens hoods although I don't use them often due to using filters and mostly shooting in the golden hours. Lee Filter Kit including adapter ring, ND .6 Hard grad filter, ND .6 filter, Lee Big Stopper. Spare Battery and cards. Cleaning cloth and spray. Torch and head lamp.
Feedback
The magical part of this image is the sunburst. Arrive early to check out the angle of the sunrise. About and hour before sunrise is best.... you may need a torch. The light is beautiful and you can take other shots while waiting for the sun to come up. Setup using a sturdy tripod. The correct lens helps to achieve the sunburst/starburst effect. Canon 16-35mm lens is known to create a nice, clean, pleasing sunburst effect. It is related to the number of blades in the lens. Use a polarising filter on your lens. Set your aperture small F16 - F22. Personally I use F22. I always shoot with Live View & 2 second timer to prevent camera shake. Another useful tip is to set up your camera before-hand to bracket. I have mine set for 5 exposures. The correct exposure, 1 stop over and under, 2 stops over and under. Giving me a total of 5 exposures. This way you have the option to merge for HDR if required or can process the best single image from your shoot. Expose for the brightest part of the sky... in this case the sun. Keep shooting and wait for the magic to be captured!! Often you can't tell which image will look the best until you upload into LR. Aim to capture the sun on the edge of the rock, or through branches of a tree, on the edge of a mountain. Beautiful landscapes sometimes mean going back and re-shooting so if you don't get it right the first time around, always go back and keep trying!

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