Ian Cambourne  

Caves Beach by Ian Cambourne

January 2020 - Caves Beach

About the Image(s)

Back in mid June this year about 18 friends from my camera club and I went for our annual weekend away. This time we went to Caves Beach, about 2 hours drive north of Sydney. Many of us went for the obligatory sunrise shoots at the beach, but I wanted to do something different. I wanted to make an image taken under early morning sunlight, look like it was taken under moonlight. This is the original image as taken with no post processing done except for downsizing.
Sony a850; Sigma 70 - 300 lens at 70mm; ISO 100; f22; 1/4,000 sec; cwa exposure & manual mode underexposed off the dial. Shot sometime between 8.15am & 8.45am, because straight after we were all back at the cafe ordering breakfast. Who says all photographs have to be correctly exposed ???

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5 comments posted

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
First and foremost you certainly achieved what you set out to do! It comes off as almost an abstract. If I were to see this I would automatically think this was moonlight not sunrise. It comes off as a B&W, though I am guessing that is totally related to the underexposure.
Only suggestion I have .....is the horizon straight or is that just because it is so black on the left side? regardless I might consider making the viewer think it is level.

You know I am rabid on my images about clarity and sharpness (but when you are shooting birds and animals the sharp eye is King!) so when I see one that is more creative I have to think about it before I commit. This one was immediate appreciation.   Posted: 01/09/2020 11:59:17

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks for your comments Sherry. As rabid as you are about sharpness and clarity (and those eyes), I am as well, when it comes to crooked horizons. I can say that as far as possible this horizon is straight. Yes, the underexposure has sucked all the light and color out of this image, but that is exactly what I wanted.   Posted: 01/13/2020 04:10:41

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Very will done. In the cinematic world, this is sometimes called "Day for Night." Reference the 1973 François Truffaut French film released in the USA under that name.   Posted: 01/13/2020 19:59:16

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Very original and mysterious. I miss something from the image, maybe an object that would guide my eyes and also would help me to see the horizontal and vertical.   Posted: 01/15/2020 07:03:13

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Great B&W. Lobe the patterns and the light. I agree to some degree that there needs to be an object but the light draws you in.   Posted: 01/28/2020 00:01:35