Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia by Deb Cochrane

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I woke early with the hope of capturing a colourful sunrise on the Mornington Peninsula. It was Summer and the morning was warm and muggy. As it got lighter I realised I was not going to get the colour I had hoped for. I did however notice how calm and peaceful the water was and that it was mirroring the sky so that it was hard to see where the water ended and the sky began.

I decided to soften the scene even more by using my 10 stop ND filter to really smooth out the water and sky to create a dreamy feel which was what I was feeling looking at this scene.

I also wanted to create contrast between the weathered old timber and its surroundings.

A couple of swimmers even went by but because of the long exposure they were invisible in the shot!

It is always good to have a backup plan when things are not what you expect them to be. On this occasion I was very happy not to have a colourful sunrise.


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