A First Wave, Malaysia
Photo for June 2013 (A First Wave, Malaysia)
Tripeaksimagery has expanded! WeeHan is now joined by life and photographic partner, Charmaine Yap. It is time to do a lot of updating on the site and keeping up with our new FaceBook page (www.facebook.com/Tripeaksimagery). Meanwhile, Charmaine will talk about her first post here.
Hello! There's so much to say about coming on board but that shall be a post for another time.
The trip up North usually pushes us to think out of the box and to work with whatever we have in front of us. On this day, the sunrise and tidal conditions at dawn left me no keepers. I decided to trash my shooting spot for another. I walked around, looking for water patterns, interesting rocks, nice foreground/background, watched the light, watched the shadows and watched my steps (safety first, always.)
I decided to take the gamble and walk right to the edge of the rocks. Standing at this spot, I noted the curves of the huge rock structure. Then, I looked at the background. It was not that interesting but the sunlight hitting the rocks further illuminate what might have been an underexposed area helped a little.I also had in mind the need to use a long (but not too long) exposure and was secretly hoping for an interesting wave pattern to add some balance to the background. With all that in mind, I began composing and shooting. I know it seems like I took ages to think but in reality, it's probably only about 45 seconds.
To be honest, this is not an easy spot to perch on. With the occasional hard waves, not only will my filters and camera get wet, the water level could surge up to my waist as I get low, dragging me towards the sea. It was a session of constant filters wiping and standing up to avoid the hard waves.
After a couple of tries, the sweet shutter speed was 0.4s. I also needed the depth of field, thus shooting at f13. For a properly exposed shot, I went ahead with bumping up the ISO to 400.
Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35 L. Processed in Photoshop CS5 & Nik Silver Efex Pro II.