A Minimalist Scenery
Do you know how to get a shot that completely satisfies you? I don’t. When I take photos I mainly care about the experience, once I go home and see my shots, I will then decide if I like the shot I took or not. I am usually never happy with them, but that’s for another story.
What I really like is when I come home with something unexpected, like this minimalist landscape. Sometimes we need to forget about what we would like to be in our photos, like cracking sunrise or sunset with a cloudy sky and just focus on what we have in that moment. Enjoying nature and what it can offer to us, without being demanding. That’s what I remind myself every day I’m outdoor taking photos
Unwilling to miss my chance to capture the sunrise, I quickly made myself a cup of coffee (can’t skip that), I put the boots on, drove to Bronte Beach at 5.30am and “climbed” my usual rock, near the shore and in the middle of the water. Bronte rock pool is one of the most popular ocean pools in Sydney, it’s very easy to find a lot of photographers standing around it for a sunrise shot. For this reason I usually give myself a bit of distance so that I can plan my shot better, have more space to think and probably experience my morning routine in the way a like.
For landscapes I usually shoot with my workhorse lens the Olympus M.Zuiko Digiatl ED 12-40 f/2.8 Pro, but on that morning, I wanted to capture some close details. Since I was far from my subject, for this photo I decided to use my zoom lens Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro with teleconverter. Even though it was still pretty dark I realised that it was not going to be a cracking sunrise and the sky was going to be quite monotone, but slowing down my shutter speed I was able to create a pleasant movement effect in the water and get this final image.
On that day I also met with some pretty amazing photographers, you can find them on my Instagram account. Tapping once on the image you will find their profile names.
Here’s the before and after.
Have you ever visited this ocean pool? Let me know in the comments below.