From the Vault: Long Jetty Sunset

In the From the Vault series, I feature an older image which hasn’t been seen here before and I talk about the capture and processing and hopefully highlight why this image is special to me.

The feature image in From the Vault this week is titled Long Jetty Sunset and has long been one of my favourite sunset images. You know those days when you’re out to photograph a sunrise or a sunset, and the clouds are just right.. the water is just right.. the reflections are just right, and everything is how you imagined it would be.

Long Jetty Sunset

Long Jetty Sunset

The old crusty boat filled with seaweed, the family walking along the wharf, the lovely golden reflections off the hand rail and the beautiful sunset colours and clouds reflecting off the water really make this image stand out to me.

Please read on to learn more about this image and to see more photos from the session.

It was just a lovely photo session taken in June 2006, with my Canon 350D and stock 18-55mm lens. The photo above was taken at 18mm, f/13, 1/50s @ ISO100. It has been cropped to remove excess grass in the foreground, and contrast and saturation have been boosted. I also applied some tone mapping using Photomatix to give the image some pop.

My son Jacob was with me as we walked along the lake front at Long Jetty looking for photo opportunities.

Bird at Long Jetty

Bird at Long Jetty

The old boat featured in several photos, but ultimately they all turned out very similar so could only use a couple of them 🙂 Unfortuantely they’ve taken the boat away now. I’m happy to have captured it when I did.

Seaweed Filled Boat

Seaweed Filled Boat

There’s 3 or 4 wharves on the East side of the Tuggerah Lake at Long Jetty. The photo below is the last along the route.

One of the Wharfs at Long Jetty

One of the Wharfs at Long Jetty

The last photo below has Jacob in the distance on the wharf, which seems to continue forever. The dramatic skies above add some character. I would’ve liked a few more crepuscular rays shining through but it wasn’t to be.

Jacob on the Jetty

Jacob on the Jetty

Thanks for looking and thanks for allowing me to share my fond memories of this photo session with you.

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