Late Light_Half Moon Bay_Melbourne
Here’s the second image from a recent Landscape Photography workshop at Half Moon Bay, Melbourne. The sun, while low in the sky, has not yet set. As the sun is coming from the left hand side of the frame it would be reasonable to expect that it is providing side lighting. However, the irregular shape of the cliff face means that different areas of the scene are lit from different directions depending on their position/orientation towards the sun. As the light is still quite bright the resulting scene brightness range or contrast is high.
This makes it particularly hard to keep detail simultaneously in dark shadows and bright highlights. Under such conditions it's often necessary to make a decision to bias your exposure in such a way to either hold highlight detail and, as a result, sacrifice shadow detail or, alternatively, provide extra exposure to open up the shadows and allow the highlights to burn out. In this case I felt that the mood achieved by protecting the highlights provided the best option.
The image was processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop CS3. A subtle warm/cool split tone was applied in Camera RAW to add further dimensionality to the image.
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