TimJordan
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Burleigh Heads Sunset



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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, Australia. It's ten minutes from my house and is a great "go to" spot fro sunset. More specifically I was balanced on two rocks, one foot on each and my tripod legs not as spread out as you would like making it all a bit of a balancing act.
Time
This is at the later stages of sunset around blue hour with a medium tide happening and a small swell so the rocks were visible and I didn't drenched by the waves.
Lighting
This is more towards the end of sunset so the light was fading into blue hour. The polarised filter I was using was creating a nice effect with the low light conditions and allowing for longer exposures which is really what I was after here.
Equipment
Canon 6D, Canon 17-40mm, manfrotto tripod, polarising filter, ND Grad filter
Inspiration
This area has been photographed heavily, but usually back on the main beach. So when the timing of the tide and sunset lined up right I was able to skip across the rocks and boulders that were further out in the water for a new perspective not usually photographed here. I really wanted a long exposure to create the milky look around the black rocks, to give a feeling of being out in the water amongst the rocks and somewhere you might not normally find yourself, like back on the beach.
Editing
I tried to get as much done in camera with the use of filters. Being a RAW file I just adjusted the usual stuff in Lightroom like shadows, highlights, color balance and sharpness. Nothing fancy.
In my camera bag
I walked down to the this beach with my Canon 6D and 17-40mm in one hand, my manfrotto tripod in the other, and my ND Grad filter in my pocket, which is pretty much how I roll for most of my seascapes.
Feedback
Know where the best spots are that are near you for sunrise and sunset and know them like the back of your hand. This sunset caught me off guard when it happened, so when I made the decision to go shoot I only had minutes to get somewhere. I knew when I looked at what the tide was doing that I would have a chance at this composition that I had in mind and made it happen. I have a long list of shots of places nearby where I live that I want to achieve that are highly dependant and natural variables like the tide, weather and time of year. I have waited for a year for certain shots to happen, you just have to always pay attention and be ready to go. Try and think outside the box too and find your own compositions, do some exploring and experiment and most of all have fun!

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