I spent last weekend with friends in Ballina, a small holiday town on the northern coastline of New South Wales. It’s a delightful, peaceful little place, and I spent the time eating, drinking, and hanging out with great people. And taking the odd photo, of course.
We had dinner on the waterfront one night. It’s a wide estuary, and by the marina is a walkway lined with lamp-posts. When taking shots of a skyscape or sunset, it’s usually a good idea to have something of interest in front of the view, just to offset it. Usually something simple that won’t take away from the drama (although people can work too), and often in silhouette. These lamps were a perfect subject- simple enough not to distract, but with enough interest to offset the colour and texture of the sky.
It was an exquisite sunset. From the moment we arrived while the sun was still up, the sky was full of contrasting feathery cloud, and we already knew it was going to be a good one. I shot the first photo within a minute or two of rocking up at the waterfront. I then spent the next half hour reeling off about fifty frames as the light gradually changed, and they’re nearly all pretty dramatic to look at. The clouds soaked in the sun’s rays as the spectrum shifted, and the sky turned from blue, to yellow, to orange, and finally ended up as wisps of pink and magenta against a navy-blue backdrop. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
These two images are from either end of the spectrum- one of the first shots I fired off, and one of the later ones when the dusk was in full-swing. I’m looking in opposite directions, and I just happened to frame them in reverse, so the balance sort of works too. You can get a bit of a feel for the evening. And the nicest thing? The sunset wasn’t a patch on the company. 🙂