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Bay of Fires Sunset – Picnic Rocks

The Picnic Rocks put on an absolute ripper of a Bay of FIres sunset on a recent trip. You need a lot to go right when photographing the sunset and everything sure went right this particular trip!

An absolute ripper of a sunset over the Bay of Fires

An absolute ripper of a sunset over the Bay of Fires

In fact for most of the week away my guests (and I won’t lie to you – me too!) were treated to some of the best conditions imaginable over a 3 day period. Photography in winter is a real treat. Obviously when the weather is bad it can be really bad – but the same can be said in summer. The real difference in winter is the light. The light is soft basically all day long, and you find yourself getting into the sunset/golden time light from around 3:00 in the afternoon. Here are the shots from earlier in the day and the progression into a stunning pink full-sky glow. Enjoy 🙂

Bay of Fires Picnic Rocks

An interesting start. I was basically expecting the best at this point – light cloud, and lots of layers. Just right for catching the sunset fire. I crossed my fingers anyway…

 

Bay of Fires Picnic Rocks

Addition of the ND (5 stop) filter.

 

Bay of Fires Picnic Rocks

OK – here comes the fun 🙂

 

Sunset Bay of Fires Picnic Rocks

BAM! Thar she blows 🙂

 

Sunset Bay of Fires Picnic Rocks

The colour lingered for around an hour – it was an absolute pleasure to sit and watch

 

Sunset Bay of Fires Picnic Rocks

Eventually we decided to recompose, scampering down to the waters edge to get some crashing waves. The colour wasn’t going anywhere, it was a slow burn. An inspiring night of photography.

This was right up there as one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen, and it was wonderful to be sharing it with a couple of very happy guests on one of my private 3 day photography tours. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in any guided photographic tours of Tasmania.

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.