"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." Ansel Adams


Well I went to the beach yesterday and kept an eye on all the nice clouds rolling through. I knew something would happen last night but didnt expect to see anything like this!

I took about 150 shots all with this composition in mind. For some reason I only used the 3 stop grad with the ND and for some reason never thought to wak the 2 stop grad on as well…. ahwell

This shot was something I have been wanting to try for a while but hadn’t found a suitable location. After I noticed that the shore line was pretty flat allowing slow smooth water movement I knew here was the place. IT was also partly inspired by some of Matt Lauder’s images and also Neal Pritchard’s.

I called it Heaven cause as I watched ans shot this sunset that is the only word that came to mind.

Having said all that I still dont think it is quite right….



20 responses

  1. What a gorgeous sunset you caught there, those clouds and colours are really nice! Were there ghosts on City Beach? Some strange transparent people seem to be on the beach!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:01 am

  2. Clint Baker

    Very nice mate….. yer i had the same feeling, i knew i had to get out somewhere… never shot the boat shed so im glad i went.

    October 23, 2008 at 6:23 am

  3. kirkhille

    Very nice shot mate , love the sky and water movment in the foreground . Its deffinatly getting to the nice weather and light for photography now

    October 23, 2008 at 8:32 am

  4. Pretty cool Dylan. Perth beaches are really hard to give a good perspective of, I think you managed it though with this series of images.

    October 23, 2008 at 9:25 am

  5. Cheers Flemming. Yeah it wasn’t to busy but obviously it would have cleaned things up if it was exposed for more than 10 seconds.
    Cheers Clint it really was amazing!
    Kirk I cant wait for more of these nights! As much as i have been enjoying B&W and a larger window for an image op, I do love watching and having to prepared for this shorter window. Although this sunset lasted quite sometime!
    Cheers Neal. Yeah the South west is where I wanna try another one.
    Im going camping on a beach in victoria after New Years so will probably get some nice shots there!

    October 23, 2008 at 10:37 am

  6. merv french

    Yeah nice shot..although to me it’s a bit pale in color, that might just be a screen thing as I’m on my laptop at the moment.

    While you were at the beach was it only the clouds you were watching?

    October 23, 2008 at 11:33 am

  7. dylanfox

    Pretty much mate! The skys were looking pretty interesting all day! Anyway Floreat beach was empty so there no girlys around! 😉

    October 23, 2008 at 11:45 am

  8. dylanfox

    Just to let everyone know, I have added a page called ‘Golden Captures’. It is basically the same as Neal’s ‘Favorites’ page. I will be posting other peoples images on there that I think are ‘Golden’!


    October 23, 2008 at 2:34 pm

  9. nice shot mate – glad somone made the most of it. I had a look back over the city and the clouds and colours were amazing too, unfortunately I had other commitments so just didnt have the time. Just looking forward for this current weather system to clear!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm

  10. wicked sunset Dylan.
    composition is great, would have been even better without all the sand trod up with footprints, i’m not really a fan on them in beach shots.

    But being a suburban beach there’s not much that can be done. unless you turn into a crazy photographer dude who stakes out the beach with a shotgun all day. That’ll keep the beach empty! 😛 then blame it on “art” seems to work for some….

    October 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm

  11. tonymiddleton

    Lovely calm tones from the sand and water added to by a dash of fire in the sky – good work Dylan !

    October 23, 2008 at 3:37 pm

  12. Hey awesome shot. Haven’t sen anything that good up here recently. Ahhh the hills….

    It sounds like the answer to landscape photography is GD filters. Do you think its worth the $!00?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:02 pm

  13. dylanfox

    Cheers Richard. Yeah I hate watching moments like this and not having the gear around. But at least us photographers can really appreciate such moment and know we will be ready for the next one! (hopefully)

    Stephen I love these shots too, but its the kind of shot I would love to shoot on velvia, to get rid of any stitch errors so they are as simple as possible. The sand was something that pissed me off too! But we aren’t living near Christians home beaches!

    Cheers Tony, really appreciate it!

    Cheers Sean. Yeah I actually said last week on a blog that I can’t to be blown away by some colour… I guess I got what I asked for!
    Mate grad filters are ESSENTIAL. Mine are only like $30 each as they are only cokin but they do a far better job than no filters! They work fine but only the ND can have a slight colour cast.

    October 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm

  14. with regard to the sand … is it not the clone tool that can sort that one out … 😉

    October 23, 2008 at 7:58 pm

  15. OK, i couldn’t help myself … I had to post a seriously fake beach on my blog. I’d rather have the sunset with the foot prints though!

    October 23, 2008 at 8:42 pm

  16. I put my version of heaven on my blog as well.
    Mate i dont wanna sound like a jerk but i think the clouds are way too over sharpened. Unbeatable colour though!

    October 23, 2008 at 10:19 pm

  17. dylanfox

    Tony the clone tool would have far to much work to do and this just would’t work.
    Sean this has had less than my normal sharpening and I will have to disagree as to me they dont really look that sharp…

    October 23, 2008 at 11:12 pm

  18. Hi Dylan, awesome colour capture, nice and sharp too.
    People can be frustrating sometimes.

    Good work.

    October 25, 2008 at 6:01 pm

  19. Too right Thomas!
    People gettin in the way of art!

    October 26, 2008 at 12:08 pm

  20. I found out that if you put as much unnecessary gear on your camera and tripod to make it look more professional people try to avoid the camera. Then they think your trying to shoot them when you turn the camera for the next shot in the pano 🙂

    October 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

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