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shelleylittle November 02, 2018
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BrunoHeeb Jan 22
Instant favourite, absolutely amazing shot
 
Grey color and its shapes plus rocks in all shapes...just amazing. Wow.

Cathedral Rocks Cave



Cathedral Rocks is located in Kiama Downs on the South Coast of NSW Australia. The cave is only accessible during low tide....
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Cathedral Rocks is located in Kiama Downs on the South Coast of NSW Australia. The cave is only accessible during low tide.
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at the Cathedral Rocks, located in Kiama Downs on the South Coast of NSW Australia. A beautiful and popular spot for photographers (or anyone) to check out!
Time
This was right after sunrise. I remember waking up at 4AM to catch the sunrise at Bombo Quarry (another great spot!) with another photographer friend of mine. However, the clouds weren’t very kind for the shot that I had in mind, so we decided to come down to this spot as it was low tide and made this cave accessible!
Lighting
This being right after sunrise, it was perfect lighting as it wasn’t too harsh and it provided just enough to light up the cave inside. I didn’t lose any details on the rocks, which offered a perfect framing for this particular shot.
Equipment
This was shot on a Fujifilm X-T20, with a Samyang 12mm F2.0 lens and a Joby Gorillapod (totally came in handy on those rocks)
Inspiration
I’ve always heard of this spot and since I’m a self taught photographer, I thought a trip down to this area would be a valuable experience. The first day, I found the cave but wasn’t able to access it because of high tide. The time wasn’t wasted though as my friend and I were able to scout the area to figure out what to shoot during sunrise and sunset when there’s perfect lighting. The second day had low tide, which offered a perfect opportunity. Once in the cave, you have this beautiful view to the Cathedral Rocks with this stunning natural framing. I had to take this shot and capture the moment.
Editing
Yes, landscape photography usually does require post-processing to bring out the details and to be able to show what the human eye actually sees. In this particular shot though, all I had to do was to highlight the rocks to showcase this beautiful natural framing.
In my camera bag
Most of the time I have my Fujfilm X-T20 with the 27mm pancake lens in my bag (with a mini-tripod for nice low angle shots such as this photo). They are both so small that I always carry them around with me for any kind of photography. If I plan to do any landscape photos, that is when I grab the Samyang 12mm lens with an ND filter, which has served me well in all my landscape photos.
Feedback
Sunrise and Sunsets are the perfect time for a photo when the lighting isn’t too harsh. Planning is important (have a picture in your mind that you want to capture); but most importantly, enjoy going around and take time to enjoy the view. PS: do not forget to bring boots if you are going to access caves

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