Pic of the Week_Approaching Storm_Squeaky Beach

Hasselblad 503CW Camera and Hasselblad 50mm f4 Distagon lens with Fuji Velvia 100F film

Squeaky Beach, one of the most commonly visited locations on Wilsons Promontory National Park, is a great location for photography. I’ve been fortunate to visit the prom on numerous occasions. Situated on the southern most tip of the Australian mainland the wonderful landscapes, great walking trails, wildlife and varied weather patterns make it one of my favourite places.

The success of this image, made after the sun had gone down, is based upon balance, achieved though the juxtaposition of likes and opposites.

The approaching storm produced a brooding mood and a great contrast with the calmness of the water and the placement of the horizon in the middle of the frame. The separation of light and dark tones provides local increases in contrast, enhancing shape. The rocks on the left and the headland in the back right of the frame act to frame the water and increase the sense of 3-dimensional space within the image. A warm/cool split tone further enhances the sense of space by helping to lead the eye through the frame.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography
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