Earlier this morning, we visited the Cape Otway Lightstation. Despite it being a ridiculous 34C outside, the sky was actually gorgeous and the clouds were rolling along at a good clip. Plus, we had some coastal breeze.

One of the first things that I challenged myself to do here was to approach this shot differently. I knew that I wanted to use a wide lens, so I slapped on my Canon 14mm f/2.8L prime. That lens sucks in just about 180 degrees of goodness. I also wanted to get a shoot facing into the sun but using the Lighthouse as a shield of sorts. It worked out well especially because of the specific height of the sun.

Finally, one of the things I love most about the Canon 14mm lens is that it accepts rear gels. I have several ND gels cut to fit so I used approximately 13-stops worth of ND (one 10-stop and one 3-stop). This gave me a nice, long exposure, allowing me to capture the motion in the clouds.

For now, we’re bunkered up at our lodge, avoiding this heat. We’ll likely hit sunset at Wreck Beach and then do sunrise and a helicopter tour tomorrow over the Apostles. Then it’s a trek back to Melbourne and a flight back home to the US the following morning! This truly has been a monumental trip, Australia.

In terms of processing

Another Lightroom-only job here. I used a Nicole S. Young Lovely Landscape Lightroom preset to get the base look and then finished it up with the rest of the Develop Module.

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