000000 0089E9 03375C 3FBCFC 517EA7 88CBF8 9DA5B0 FFFFFD

Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

Into the blue - part 1

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 11 July 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I now venture away from the city lights of my previous series. In these next shots, I seek out the natural ambient light of twilight and beyond. Here, the lens sees more than the eye. The results are often surprising.

In this first shot, you see a view at sunrise of Josh’s Beach at Dalmeny on the South Coast.

I have processed the shot in Color Efex Pro to add a touch more tonal contrast.

NIKON D5000 25 seconds F/8.0 ISO 100 11 mm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

I love this effect, Stephen, I usually just play with light and dark levels on the
computer to achieve much the same. Either way, its a brilliant photo with so
much impact and a quality that makes me want to stay and admire for a very
long time. Superb.

11 Jul 2011 5:34am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Magnificent, Color Efex is a fabulous tool.

11 Jul 2011 5:50am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

love the colors and the soft twilight-light. (or twilight?)

11 Jul 2011 6:34am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars. I love this shot !

11 Jul 2011 6:37am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

Excellent 5*****!!!!!!

11 Jul 2011 6:50am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Déjà le lieu est magnifique, mais la lumière est magique ! Du rêve à l'état pur ! Bonne journée

11 Jul 2011 6:56am

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Beautiful seascape and composition, love the blu, the mood and excellent processing..superb 5*

11 Jul 2011 8:19am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful blue tones, an excellent shot. 5*

11 Jul 2011 8:24am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Those lights too are marvelous ! Your low speed is a great success ! Phil

11 Jul 2011 8:26am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful seascape and composition. Wonderful light too.

11 Jul 2011 8:43am

Stefanie from Paris, France

Fantastic landscape and great light! Perfect!!!

11 Jul 2011 8:51am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

A fabulous view - so beautiful. I love the creamy look to the water.

11 Jul 2011 9:14am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful shades of blue. Wonderful composition and light. Nice seascape. True, Lens sees more than the eye. Love it. Great shot. Five Stars. :)

11 Jul 2011 10:32am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Wonderfully liquid . . a beautiful shot here.

11 Jul 2011 11:26am

Z from Shanghai, China

I like the bright blue and dynamic tones..beautiful landscape!

11 Jul 2011 11:44am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wow.. wow .. these colors are fascinating .... super processing!

11 Jul 2011 11:49am

tataray from france, France

Wow... Excellent et sublime.))

11 Jul 2011 11:58am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful Blue...Great use of slow shutter speed.

11 Jul 2011 12:08pm

Elaine- from Vancouver, Canada

love love LOVE the colour of the water!!! this is so beautiful it's hard to BELIEVE, my camera doesn't see more than my eyes coz i'm lookin'at your photo lol well done!!!

11 Jul 2011 12:14pm


The combination of a twenty five second exposure and your use of the ultra wide 16mm lens works wonderfully well here. A frame that is both beautiful and technically very cool.

11 Jul 2011 12:28pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

perfect !

11 Jul 2011 12:36pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great landscape. I like composition and intensive blue of this water in mirror

11 Jul 2011 1:40pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fantastic landscape - your colors are superb! Well done, Stephen.

11 Jul 2011 2:03pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

There's just enough details in the shadows to make this work so well

11 Jul 2011 2:08pm

guillaume from Paris, France

C'est superbe !! Bravo !

11 Jul 2011 2:13pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Impressive color and light after the long exposure and color processing. Outstanding result!

11 Jul 2011 2:35pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

So it must be paradise ... a great friend! A hug, Adela

11 Jul 2011 2:41pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

fantastische Landschaft.
Kommt gut

11 Jul 2011 2:42pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Superb shot! The colors are astounding! I love it!

11 Jul 2011 2:52pm

Suzanne from Naperville, United States

All I can say is WOW!!

11 Jul 2011 3:14pm

myky from London, Canada

I love it when I first view an image where the lens was able to see more than the eye...it always seems like an unexpected gift! A beautifully rich image!

11 Jul 2011 3:36pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quel ciel et iame, superbe ce bleu ce ciel fantastique compo

11 Jul 2011 3:43pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Stephen, I totally agree with the others, here. This entire scene is just wonderful! With your settings, the water almost has the look of syrup or blue paint, kind of thick and slower moving than the eye would see....you are so right about what the lens can do! What a beautiful scene here. And thank you for all yur wonderful comments while I was absent...All the best!

11 Jul 2011 3:44pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

fabulous blues !

11 Jul 2011 4:03pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very beautiful, the deep blue is fantastic !

11 Jul 2011 4:14pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

Just excellent , 5*!!!!!!!!!!!

11 Jul 2011 4:33pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

The word that first comes to mind is "sumptuous"... this is a sublime rich blue tone and a beautiful piece of photography. I love that ultra smooth look to the water and the distant haze that just kisses the cliff face. That long exposure was a very good creative call, and ditto the post-pic adjustment.

11 Jul 2011 4:47pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This is still quite a rich looking image, despite the cool blues.

11 Jul 2011 5:09pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

très beau

11 Jul 2011 5:32pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Wonderful capture and colors !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRAVO.

11 Jul 2011 5:53pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Absolutely beautiful blue and wonderful scenery!

11 Jul 2011 5:55pm

k@ from Paris, France

I especially enjoy the foreground, i feel as if this water was boiling blue !

11 Jul 2011 7:11pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice. Tonal Contrast is a great filter

11 Jul 2011 8:31pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful sky and silky smooth water.
Well done Stephen!

11 Jul 2011 8:58pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Stunning capture of color, light and reflections! I love this PoV along the shoreline which gives great depth to this compo!

11 Jul 2011 9:18pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of this coastline. It almost reminds me of some of our Pacific beaches.

11 Jul 2011 9:48pm

Yohanes Arief Dewanto from Jakarta, Indonesia

beautiful colour.. blue...

11 Jul 2011 10:25pm

thami from Fès, Morocco

Merci pour ce bain de fraîcheur bleutée! Superbe!

11 Jul 2011 10:34pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Stephen, I'm returning your 'otherworldly' comment, as this beautiful scene has me thinking of another place on another planet. It is incredibly beautiful.

11 Jul 2011 10:38pm

Dokmateo from Spain

Definitely for spotlight. Excellent and stunning Stephen. Two thumbs up and a 5*!!!

11 Jul 2011 11:24pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Stunning! Crossing my fingers for you on the spotlight my friend! : )

11 Jul 2011 11:49pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Stunning effect here Stephen! Makes my inner gypsy want to start packing and board the next flight....Well done! ;-)

12 Jul 2011 12:42am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

the blue tone is indeed sublime! it really sets a great calm mood! superb composition as well!

12 Jul 2011 1:17am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Rich and absolutely gorgeous.

12 Jul 2011 2:09am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, Uganda

Great picture and a good demo of what we can get with a long time exposure.
The tonal contrast of Color Efex is a very good tool.
Anyway, at first there is the eye of the photographer.

12 Jul 2011 6:43am

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

great colors !! :))

12 Jul 2011 3:02pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

Stunning AAA+

12 Jul 2011 6:47pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Love this wide shot and the gentle water patterns!

16 Jul 2011 2:05pm

Priscilla from Amsterdam, Netherlands


21 Jul 2011 5:01pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Enjoy the blue series, all are, beautiful and amazing, :)

22 Jul 2011 11:22am

25 seconds
ISO 100
11 mm