SS Ayrfield Sunrise


New image today. It was an easy start. Sunrise not until 7am and the location is close by. I was hoping for a morning fog but it was not to be. However, peering out the window at 5.45am I could see some high cloud cover. This was a deciding factor. High clouds are a good sign for a colourful sunrise.

The Location

The location – I could walk (but didn’t feel like it) or I can drive (much better decision). I found I was the only one here. This is good. A few other photographers came along much later and the early morning walkers were already about. The location is in a populous area, so no fear of walking down a dark path into the middle of nowhere.

I started out with the Canon 16-35mm f/4 lens. It was is a good lens and I have used it before many times at this location. However, I was wanting to get a closer crop and the 35mm was where I needed to be. I had recently purchased the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L III lens and decide to change to this for extra reach. I haven’t used this lens much yet and this was my first foray into landscape photography with this lens.

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L III

The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L III is a great lens. I am still find out how just how good this lens is. Razor sharp would be a good way to describe it. I noticed this straight away in the camera and on the lcd. Don’t know why but some lenses just ‘pop’ in the lcd and this is one of them.

It was still pretty dark but just above and in between the skyline behind the ship I could see some colour emerging. One thing about tis location is that the location has lighting which switches off around 6.45am. This lighting is really useful to light the shipwreck. Once the light switch off it is then very difficult to get a good exposure of the shipwreck against the sky. If this is the case, exposure bracketing is required. Luckily for me, this image was taken before the lights switch off and I came away with an image with a good balance between the sky and foreground. The exposure bracketed version of this image (not seen here) just don’t seem to have the same quality.

This particular image is a 1 shot image. The light Lightroom adjustments for exposure, contras and noise. A little editing Photoshop with some hi-pass sharpening and a very small amount of TK Actions Orton effect.

© Bronwyn Bell 2019