Fiery Sunset at Cottesloe Beach

Sunset, Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Photo Details: Canon 5D Mk II + 17-40mm F4 L USM @ 35mm, 1 Second, f/14, ISO125

A few nights ago I witnessed one of the best sunsets I’ve seen for a long time.

Simon Beedle and I noticed some nice cloud in the sky a bit earlier in the afternoon so we headed towards Cottesloe Beach – taking an extremely long scenic route along the coast. We arrived at Cottesloe shortly before sunset. Initially we were unsure whether or not the sky was going to light up. There was some fairly thick cloud cover where the sky met the ocean. But, as the sun got closer to the horizon, the lower cloud burnt off and the sky turned a fiery red colour. Smoke from a nearby fire also caught the suns last light and helped us out a bit.

The light was gone as quick as it appeared, so I only got to fire off a couple of shots. It was extremely cold and windy so I tried to keep the exposure as short as possible, while still capturing a bit of motion in the water. I also had to underexpose the scene a bit to make sure I didn’t blow out the red channel.

6 Responses

Tony Middleton` said on December 6, 2010

Brilliant colour there Beau – awesome mate, and something I hope to see a lot of myself once I get some gear again :)

Dylan Fox said on December 26, 2010

Beauty mate! We all dream of light like this and that water movement is stunning!

timwratephotography said on January 6, 2011

Man those reds are brilliant – what a cracking shot!

Lloyd said on January 11, 2011

The clouds here are awesome, great shot Beau!

Matt Lauder said on January 12, 2011

Great capture Beau. Nice control of the light and water movement. I hate blowing the red channel… beauty of processing in ProPhoto is the room it gives in the reds.

Martin Adler said on June 27, 2012

Awesome!!!!!!! superb snaps… I like it so much… In the first snap is this real color or its a creation?

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