We had been experiencing heavy rain on and off for a number of days and I knew that the Whakatane River was running very high. Late on Saturday afternoon the rain stopped but the sky still looked very threatening, so I jumped into my car and rushed down to the Whakatane Heads with my camera gear.
The River was high and very very muddy as the runoff that had flowed into it had come from land primarily used for farming and forestry. I wanted to get an image that showed movement in the clouds which were still racing across the sky, while capturing the waves in the water flowing out to sea. Even though the rain had stopped, the wind was still howling so I had to ensure my tripod was still each time I took a shot.
I took a number of images at different settings - the longer exposures captured a lot of movement in the clouds, but stilled the movement in the water. I could have done that with a composite, but I wanted a single image that captured both the movement in the water as well as in the sky. I was pleased with the final image as I felt it expressed exactly what I was trying to show.
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