Some photos from Squid’s Ink jetty in Belmont last night. It was a really beautiful, vibrant sunset and the dusk seemed to last for a long time afterwards as well, with the lovely hues intermingling with the clouds.
The clouds were moving quite quickly so I tried a couple of quite long exposures (over three minutes each) at the end to try and capture some movement in the scene. I like how they turned out, I think they’re some of my favourite photos of the year so far.
A purple and yellow sky Dotted with clouds Marks the end Of a long day
This is from a couple of weeks ago, by the new Belmont Baths. I’m really enjoying exploring the baths and jetty, there are a lot of fantastic opportunities for photos, particularly now there are less people around.
Tall grass Sways gently in the breeze As the sun sets On another day
I took this a few days ago down by the lakefront in Belmont. The sky had just started to turn this beautiful orangey-yellow and there was a lovely cool breeze as well blowing through the trees and grass. I knew the sunset would make for a nice photo but I really wanted to try to capture the feel of the breeze and motion in the image too, so I thought I’d try to juxtapose the gently moving grass with the sunset. It took me a couple of shots to get it right but I really like this one… it’s simple but really gives the slight feel of motion which I was going for.
Purple light Stretches along The horizon As another day ends
These photos are from a couple of days ago, down near the wharf in Belmont.
The dusk light was lovely and the reflection off the lake was very beautiful. The perfect kind of scene for a long exposure and I’m pleased with how the photos came out.
I like the scene in colour but I also really like it in black and white, particularly with all the texture it brings out and the way the shadow near the bottom helps draw the eye in to the photo.
Usually I wouldn’t edit two photos with such similar framing but I really like both photos. I think they show the scene in very different ways despite their framing and it shows that sometimes you need to be willing to break your own rules. I’m glad I did here.
The passage of time Marks us all differently
But leaves none behind
I took this photo at the same time as the ones in my last post. It was a lovely sunset and as the light started to fade afterward, the lake started to become quite ethereal and very beautiful so I used my tripod and an ND filter to take a longer exposure to try to capture the remaining light in the scene.
A long exposure means using a slow shutter speed and that also helps to blur the appearance of water so getting the timing right was a bit of a juggling act as I still wanted to include some motion in the image rather than have the water be totally still. I settled for about 1.5 seconds in the end and it worked well – it feels dreamy but not too dreamy and I really like the final image.
It also made me think about the idea of time slowing and passing and how it changes us all, which inspired the haiku.