The Color of Light

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series lensSo what can you do at the end of a great day on a landscape photography workshop? Take more photos!

This image features the bottom of Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet along the Great Ocean Road.

It was well and truly dark so a team effort was required to make the image. One of the participants backed his car up close to the lighthouse and placed his foot on the break to provide that lovely wash of red over the base of the lighthouse. After securing the camera to a tripod I tripped the shutter and, during the long exposure, moved around the scene and provided extra illumination by manually firing the flash to highlight different areas of the scene and cast shadows from a range of different angles. The color flare is totally a Photoshop creation.

This is one of numerous images participants and I made after the day's scheduled finish time. It just proves that a little extra effort often brings its own reward and that your most interesting images often come at the very last moment. You work and, sometimes, walk throughout the day to bring yourself into the zone where your best images are made. And your best photos will often be made after other folks have packed their gear away.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru