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.
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.
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.