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Winner of a Silver Award at the Australian Professional Photography Awards, this image of Urangan Pier in Hervey Bay, Queensland was shot over a period of 45 seconds. It is early in the morning and still dark to the naked eye. The long exposure allows just enough light into the camera to turn night into day. The movement of the ocean causes it to take up a silky appearance and the absence of sunlight gives rise to a beautiful and magical colour. It is not an image of any one moment in time, but rather an amalgamation that allows us to see what is there, but hidden to the eye.

The image was technically very challenging to take. The absence of any light made it difficult to compose the image. In order for the image to work, the camera had to be placed in just the right position and at the right height. The long exposure meant that the camera needed to be placed on a tripod, but the ocean was up to my knees and the waves kept buffeting the legs of the tripod, which was sitting on the soft sand. My solution was to wait for a while and allow the legs of the tripod to settle into the sand. Eventually, the feet of the tripod were sufficiently buried into the sand to withstand the action of the waves. I waited for a large wave to roll in and then pressed the shutter release just after it had passed, hoping that the following waves would be smaller. It worked and it wasn't long after that the Sun stared to rise above the horizon making further shots impossible.

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Light At The Edge Of Darkness (2014)


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