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Princess Bay



One of our recent sunsets on the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand, Princess Bay to be exact.
This was a particular lucky evening as the sea is virtu...
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One of our recent sunsets on the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand, Princess Bay to be exact.
This was a particular lucky evening as the sea is virtually never that smooth, and there were also interesting clouds, reflecting in the water The rocks under the surface showing too - which makes for some rather interesting texture
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken in Wellington, New Zealand. To be precise, this was around Princess Bay Island Bay, on Wellington South Coast.
Time
It was just before sunset, when the sun slipped into a gap in the clouds and tinted everything like gold. The water was unusual still (Wellington is dubbed 'Windy Welly', so I got some rather rare reflections too.
Lighting
It's all natural light, golden hour.
Equipment
I used my Canon EOS 5D m3 and a Tamron 24-70 mm F2.8 lens, as well as a tripod - I have to add, the tripod wasn't necessary. ISO 100, F10 and an exposure of 1/125 second can easily be done handheld.
Inspiration
I'm often an opportunist with landscapes. Knowing our south coast, I can look out of my window and see if there's some sunset lightshow on. This was what happened around this image.
Editing
Yes, in Photoshop. I developed my own workflow to do something called 'one image HDR'. Basically I try to shoot rather flat (not much contrast) and just bright enough for the highlights not to blow out. Such a raw file is ideal to recover all the details and get an image that closely resembles what the eye can see.
In my camera bag
This varies for all sorts of planned shootings. Generally I try to keep my bag light. My 'everyday' pack might contain one of my 5D bodies and either a Tamron 24-70 F2.8, a Canon 24-105 F4 or, my favorite for people, Canon 70-200 F2.8
Feedback
Try to always have a camera with you when you go out into nature. You might regret situations being out there, having a great opportunity or awesome scenery but no camera. It doesn't need to be high end gear, a light point and shoot or even a good phone is still better than no camera at all.

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