The Winter Solstice, Two Ducks and Mount Coolangatta

I have a really cool feature on my watch and iPhone that sends me a message every single day to tell me that there’s one hour until sunset. It of course adjusts to the correct time and it means that if I haven’t specifically planned to be somewhere, I have a good half an hour to get in my car and get somewhere scenic to photograph the last light of the day. Tonight I missed my message somehow and only realised that the sunset was coming with 30 minutes to go. So I had enough time (just!) to get to Shoalhaven Heads and even then, not far from the car park. Fortunately I live somewhere awesome and beauty is never far away. So anyway, it turned out to be a terrific sunset – and it was really nice to be slopping around in the waters of the Shoalhaven estuary once more.

 

The sun had just gone down behind Mount Coolangatta when I rocked up. I really liked this shot and decided to get out the old tan-and-teal colour treatment in Lightroom.

 

There was quite a few ducks about. I don’t think I’ve seen this particular variety at the river before, but I’m no ornithologist and don’t pay much attention to the birds, so they could be as common as pigeons.

 

Took this one up on the bank to add a bit of foreground interest to proceedings.

 

The ducks remained to pose on their rock for me.

 

Definitely one of my favourite shots of the night. I do like that Wes Anderson symmetry and this particular viewpoint was crying out for it.

 

This is round the corner, looking more northwards than westwards. Something bit me in the long grass here.

 

I actually shot this as a bracketed pano. So I took three shots for each of the four frames of this image. However I liked the look of the 0EV shots and just did a straight non-tonemapped pano using them. Came out really nice. This was shot on the 50mm prime.

 

Saw this log as I was scouting for foreground interest and toyed briefly with the idea of dragging it to the water’s edge. But in the end I didn’t – I mean it’s actually pretty big and I probably wouldn’t have been able to move it anyway. And actually it looks better in its natural position.

 

Last shot of the night – into ‘blue’ hour when the sun’s gone right down and the sunset colour is fading and everything gets that bit colder.

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