This week's challenge was 'Simplicity'. Simple really...well, not quite. Simplifying a landscape image can be easy on some occasions and difficult on others so I took up the challenge this time to try two approaches to the task, One, to identify the simplest shot I could find at a location, then, secondly, at a new location, finding an interesting scene and progressively simplifying it by concentrating on just the central point/s of interest.
The Eurobodalla Coast
The area of south central New South Wales, known as Eurobodalla, has some of Australia's most beautiful coastal scenery. Gorgeous yellow sand beaches with turquoise ocean are punctuated by spectacular cliffs, rocky outcrops and islands of folded sedimentary rock, making this area a seascape photographer's haven. [There's a great touring guide to the geology of the area here.]
Our first stop was McKenzie Beach just south of Bateman's Bay.
The dominant feature of this beach is the expanse of golden sand, the curling waves and the colours of the sea.
I added a circular polarising filter to emphasise the colours and then slowed the shutter speed to blur the water movement using a 6-stop ND filter.
Our second location was Guerrilla Bay, a few kilometres further down the coast. This little cove at the north end of the bay, immediately grabbed y attention. I framed up this wide-angle shot with the foreground rock leading the eye into the centre of interest - the small rocks with cascading water in the mid-background.
However, this image is just too busy for me so I moved up onto the rocks and framed a shot with the triangle of foreground rock again pointing to the real interest in the scene - the water cascading over the central rocks and the beautiful colour and texture of the cliff-face on the left.
I had a few options here. I first thought I would shoot a panorama to include both the cliff on the left and the rocks in the middle but I just couldn't compose an interesting, balanced image, so I decided to shoot the two 'centres of interest' separately. First, I zoomed in to frame the water cascading over the rocks, making sure to get high enough to have separation between the mid ground rock and the island in the background. Ideally, I would have liked a little more separation but the tripod was fully extended so I couldn't get any higher.
The second shot was to tightly frame the cliff face with just a hint of the foreground rock in the bottom right corner. I waited until there was a hint of setting sunlight on the cliff (it was never going to be in full sun so I had to live with what I could capture)
Checkout the video of this shoot (from my YouTube channel)
Let me know what you think in the comments below - constructive criticism and debate are always welcome.
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