Ian Cambourne  

Botany Bay Sunrise by Ian Cambourne

February 2021 - Botany Bay Sunrise

February 2021 - Ian Cambourne


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A sunrise taken from Sydney's coast at the place of landing by Captain Cook. Taken on Sony a859; Sigma 20mm lens; F19; 1/30 second; cwa exposure & tripod mounted.

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10 comments posted

Heidi Egerman   Heidi Egerman
Wow! I simply love this image. The only thing I might adjust is the detail in the foreground rocks. I know that they are not the focal point of the image, but this seemed a bit dark to me. I like how they showed up with a bit more contrast in the original. I think the crop you did really works for this image. Well done!   Posted: 02/07/2021 12:09:27
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks for your comments Heidi. My PP skills are very lacking to the point where I am unable to do local adjustments to areas such as the foreground rocks. When I tried to lighten them and bring in more detail, the sky went all weird and pixilated, so I left them as presented. I really must get some friends to show me how to improve my PP.   Posted: 02/09/2021 01:28:16

Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
I like this photograph, it is well composed and you capture the mood in a fine way. It reminds me about my birthplace at the rocky island of Bornholm south of Sweden. Many sunrises looked like this.   Posted: 02/08/2021 07:19:11
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thank you Jorn. Many times when I go out for a sunrise shoot with a friend we are greeted by overcast skies, so we have just learnt to cope with what we get on the particular day.   Posted: 02/09/2021 01:31:33

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Ian - I do like this image very much. It is a wonderfully moody image with the crepuscular rays of light. The crop works very well. The blues you have brought out look great. I can't think of anything else that could've been done. Great image!   Posted: 02/08/2021 08:23:13
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Cyndy. My friend and I always hope for those colourful pinks of sunrise, but are never lucky enough to get them, but we will keep trying. In the meantime, we just to our best with what we are given. While we try for bright and colourful, we must also learn about mood and drama.   Posted: 02/09/2021 01:40:58

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Great image Ian. I love the light shinning through the clouds. I have never seen a shot like that before. Great foreground, cropping and color.   Posted: 02/08/2021 19:35:49
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Jay. The hardest part of coastal sunrise shoots like this, is that it always means I have to leave home at 3am. It hurts and is so hard, but when we are there catching the moments, all pain is gone and replaced by joy. Sadly, we have never been lucky enough to get a sky full of "those" pink colourful clouds that we hope for, maybe next time.   Posted: 02/09/2021 01:37:38

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
What a wonderful image from being in the right spot at the right time! The clouds are fantastic and that sunbeam hole is priceless. I like the darkened foreground as it isn't that dynamic if you lightened it up and the blue waves washing ashore are the real lace on the fabric. IMHO, I would suggest that you place the sunbeam hole on the rule of thirds at the upper left as attached here.   Posted: 02/20/2021 10:59:41
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Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks for your thoughts Trey. Our craft of photography is always open to the subjectivity of the viewer. While I appreciate your thoughts about placing the sunbeam on the left hand third, I'm leaning away from the horizon running across the center of the image. A positive often comes with a negative.   Posted: 02/22/2021 02:29:19