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The greatest sunset I (almost) didn’t photograph

Sunset, or perhaps more accurately, the sky on fire, over the wild takayna/Tarkine coast.

It really must have been one of the most remarkable sights I’ve seen in my many years behind a camera.

Speaking of which, I have to say I am lucky I got to take this shot at all.

A couple of hours prior, I attached my camera to my tripod and turned around to grab my filters only to hear a horrible crashing sound behind me. I turned and saw carnage. I thought this is it, the camera must be ruined. It took me a minute or two before I could even bring myself to pick it up and take a look.

It turned out the casing was broken but the lens/glass was not. I took a few test shots and said a little prayer to the gods of the Tarkine coast and discovered it still worked!

And then this sunset happened. I would have cried if I couldn’t photograph it 😭

The final wrap up, after a very emotional night on the magnificent Tarkine Coast – the lens casing was cracked meaning the weather sealing was ruined. Coupled with my rough treatment of the lens over many years – it has been dunked under crashing waves a couple of times, ruining the auto-focus – meant it was finally time to replace it. It is a testament to the build quality that it survived as long as it had, and its last shoot certainly was memorable!

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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.