Two dramatically different Surfers Paradise seascapes within half an hour

  Title: "Diminutive Beings". Details: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 16mm focal length, 0.6s shutter speed, f/11 aperture and ISO 250.

 

Title: "Diminutive Beings". Details: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 16mm focal length, 0.6s shutter speed, f/11 aperture and ISO 250.

Title: "God Sky". Details: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 70mm focal length, 1/100s shutter speed, f/11 aperture and ISO 100.

Title: "God Sky". Details: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 70mm focal length, 1/100s shutter speed, f/11 aperture and ISO 100.

These two seascapes, created a couple of months ago at the same location and only about half an hour apart, provide a good example of how light can change dramatically in a relatively small space of time and how that can impact the dynamics of images.

Both were photographed from a balcony at the Dorchester On The Beach luxury beachfront apartment hotel at Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast.

The first photograph - which I've titled Diminutive Beings as it contains two human figures and a scattering of blurred seagulls dwarfed by the immense ocean - was captured at 5.46am as the sun started to show on the horizon. It was part of a hotel marketing photoshoot, following on from a hotel facilities and apartment room interiors shoot the day before, so intended to showcase the incredible view on offer for guests.

The second photograph - titled God Sky because it gives a sense of the Heavens opening up as if God Himself is talking - was a pickup shot at 6.18am at the conclusion of the commercial shoot, captured simply because I saw potential in the scene before me ... an opportunity to create a cool image.

Both images have involved considerable post-processing - they were captured in RAW format as usual - however they are still indicative of what we photographers deal with when working with natural light, such as with landscape photography. Things can change quickly and that absolutely effects the mood of the final picture.