Long exposure reveals gold.
This little story ties into the adventure with the moon at Burleigh Heads National Park.
Sunset looking over the bay with the city of Surfers Paradise in the distance, I was hoping for a spectacular sky full of colour but storms were coming and the sun had set.
It was a bit of rush rush rush. climbing down the rocky bank, ah forgot the the cable release, ran back to the van, scampered down to my spot, ah no filters another dash back to the van. Inside the van was the whole camera bag emptied out all over the bed looking for those little bibs and bobs in a panic. Thank goodness there are no windows for the outside world to see the mess.
By this time the sun had set and we need to get some atmosphere in this image, it isn't that interesting.
OK Setting up the tripod in a position where I wasn't going to get drenched with the incoming tide, put on the filters take the shot, oh no terrible composition, move have another spot . Bugger the screen is all fuzzy. Damn long exposure didn't turn off the image stabiliser, manual focus. ah no the sun has set. It all felt like a total catastrophe.
I didn't know what I captured until I got home.
I only had one attempt at this and it was a 199 sec exposure which is 3 and a half minutes manual focus.
Much to my surprise the gold coast revealed gold in the boulders in the foreground of Burleigh Point.
For those who would like to know the camera settings of this image.
Canon 5DIII 199 sec F10 ISO 320 100mm ( EF 70-200mm F2.8)
ND1000 filter with polariser and Graduation 8 stop filter. I was shooting in the dark.
These are all lessons that photographers learn. This is the life of the photographer chasing an amazing shot and what you have to go thru to get it. The only only time you have to appreciate the scenery ss the 199 seconds.