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Coolangatta Sunset



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saribrown
 
saribrown March 31, 2015
Great capture with lovely tones of the setting sun.
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life April 01, 2015
WOOW .. .. .. LOVE LOVE LOVE :):):) Another FAVORITE for me !! :):)
sherrykathryn
 
sherrykathryn April 01, 2015
Beautiful capture! Welcome to VB!
Shellbell2512
 
Shellbell2512 April 01, 2015
Wonderful capture, great colours!
JAZZMAN8
 
JAZZMAN8 April 02, 2015
Yaah. this is super good.
PHOTOHAPPY
 
PHOTOHAPPY April 12, 2015
Amazing!!! Love the colors!!
sharonrepton
 
sharonrepton May 22, 2015
Gorgeous photo
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 23, 2015
Awesome capture! Congrats.
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 May 26, 2015
Just beautiful!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 June 05, 2015
Awesome colors. Magnificent capture. Congrats on your award.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 June 05, 2015
congratulations on the finalist award Luke !! awesome image
ntgreen PRO+
 
ntgreen June 12, 2015
What colours! A truly "wow" photo!!!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 June 26, 2015
congratulations on being a finalist .. awesome work !!
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia June 27, 2015
Everything is gorgeous!
Tim_Haynes
 
Tim_Haynes June 27, 2015
Beautiful capture, congratulations.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 July 04, 2015
voted ..
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 July 06, 2015
Fantastic shot! Congrats!!
shlok
 
shlok July 20, 2015
Sir I am just being honest I saw this photo and I cried. This photo can't be given any award. This is something out of the world. Fantastic photo sir. I have fallen in love with your photography skills.
nandicmb
 
nandicmb September 12, 2015
Simply mesmerizing, Congratulations on your Freshmen 2015 Contest Finalist win and all the other Contest Finalist wins!!!
stuartist PRO+
 
stuartist September 12, 2015
Awesome shot! Congrats on your Freshman 2015 Finalist win.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 13, 2015
congratulations on the finalist award Luke .. love this image !!
kirpihanim
 
kirpihanim November 15, 2015
Wow! The Reflection of the sun on the curl of the wave catches the eye. Well done!
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman November 24, 2015
Incredible capture.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 27, 2015
another awesome win Luke .. congratulations .. you make the rest of us Aussies proud :))
sharonmeyers
 
sharonmeyers November 27, 2015
Such a lovely photo - congratulations.
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith November 27, 2015
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Congratulations on your win!
Kksgram Premium
 
Kksgram November 28, 2015
Dramatically ASTOUNDING ! WOW!!!
doubleplay PRO+
 
doubleplay November 28, 2015
Truly Amazing capture, congrats!
Lorise
 
Lorise November 28, 2015
Congratulations, Amazing capture, love it!
shivrekha
 
shivrekha December 01, 2015
Congrats!
Cheever2 PRO
 
Cheever2 December 02, 2015
Congratulations! Your work is incredible!
Sfaria57463
 
Sfaria57463 December 09, 2015
This is AMAZING !! Awesome shot !!
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ElaineCatlingPhotography December 09, 2015
Superb ???? work work my friend love it.
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scottlandonblake December 09, 2015
Another great curl with a beautiful sky!

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GkCM PRO+
 
GkCM December 10, 2015
Epic!
kmossop
 
kmossop December 10, 2015
Love the light and the tones. Amazing capture!
kandkcustomphotography
 
kandkcustomphotography December 10, 2015
LOVE THIS! :D Thanks for sharing! :D
fila4
 
fila4 December 13, 2015
Fantastic!
Craftybadger PRO+
 
Craftybadger December 17, 2015
Fantastic !!!!!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 December 28, 2015
so awesome to see you are a finalist in the Image of the year .. congrats Luke :))
georgia25
 
georgia25 January 05, 2016
WOW! Love this!!!!! Beautiful!!!
connorcorbett
 
connorcorbett March 16, 2016
great colours!
pjg1309
 
pjg1309 March 26, 2016
Beautiful Colors! Great Photo!!
thelucideye
 
thelucideye September 01, 2016
This shot blows my mind!
DreamCapturedImages
 
DreamCapturedImages April 16, 2017
Amazing shot!
alexis.raymond
 
alexis.raymond December 09, 2018
What an image you have captured!!
JenniferDawn19 PRO+
 
Marvellous

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Coolangatta on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Time
I went down to the water about an hour before sunset. Waiting of the sun to hit the sweet spot, this photo was taken just after 5pm as the sun was hitting the horizon.
Lighting
As I was shooting from the water there is not much I can really do about the lighting, Natural lighting is the only thing to go by. On this day the sunset was providing some amazing colours and lighting.
Equipment
This was shot on a Canon 600D with a Canon EF 24mm f/2.8, using a SPLWaterhousing to keep my equipment dry.
Inspiration
I love taking photos of the ocean as no photo you take will ever be the same, the way waves move and change shape will differ with every shot. Also shooting at sunrise and sunset adds to the shots uniqueness as the colour of the sun and sky will often reflect into the water.
Editing
I just used Lightroom 4 to lighten up some of the shadows.
In my camera bag
I now use a Canon 7D MK II with the following lenses: 10-20mm, 24mm, 50mm, 18-55mm, 70-300mm. I tend to favour the 24mm for my wave shots but sometimes use the 50mm as well. If I'm shooting from shore I'll pull out the 70-300mm. I've also started using my 10-20mm for landscapes. Also have a trusty GoPro 4 in my camera bag they're great for most things. Along with a tripod some ND Filters and Gradual ND filters.
Feedback
Start out with a GoPro to get the feel for it, find out the timing of the waves. Once you start nailing some shots upgrade to a DSLR Housing and learn to swim with 1 arm. Make sure you're a strong swimmer, know the tides and the swell, don't go in if you don't feel confident. You will drown! Go in on any day even if the conditions aren't favourable, this shot was taken on a stormy day the swell was horrible but I went out anyway and managed to capture this. So even on the bad days you can still capture great images. You're not going to get a good photo sitting at home on the couch.

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