Photographer's Note

There are dozens of shots of this beautiful piece of the Victorian coast, the Great Ocean Road. Most of the shots posted to this site are significantly better than this one!

This scene (for those not from Australia) is of the rock stacks near Port Campbell, known as "The Twelve Apostles".

I was trawling through my collection of 12,000-odd images looking for something interesting to post, and I decided on this one. I chose it not because I think it is particularly good, but because it illustrates some of the things I've learned from my time here at TE.

This shot was taken very soon after purchasing my first dSLR, and looking back on the result and the EXIF information there are a few things I'd do differently to try to boost the shot:

1) I'd shoot in RAW. This was a JPEG and many of the adjustments I take for granted in post-processing now are unavailable to me for some of my earliest work. The extra space the files occupy is well worth it!

2) I'd use a wider angle on this excellent lens, and a circular polarizer, to make the colours (particularly the sky) really pop. As you can see, the sun was over my right shoulder for this shot so the CirPol would have worked wonders.

3) I'd use a tripod. Even at very fast shutter speeds, I reckon it's worthwhile.

4) I'd sacrifice most of the shutter speed for a lower ISO (there's noise here, even at ISO-400) and smaller aperture. I'd probably also have a go at chucking a ND4 or ND8 on the lens and blurring out the surf a little with a long exposure.

5) I'd have a go at two shots at different exposures, probably AEB, and try to build one of those High Dynamic Range shots in Photoshop. Detail is missing in the shadows.

Interesting to look back and realised how much I've picked up from you good people. Happy posting!

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