Panatahi Island Sunset
- Title: Panatahi Island Sunset
- Country: New Zealand
- Nearest Area: Karekare Beach
- Nearest Town: Karekare
- Brief Directions: A winding drive from Auckland through forest.
- Best Season: Summer
- Description: Arriving at Karekare Beach well before sunset, it gave me plenty of time to look for compositions. My main goal here was to take a shot of the rock formation that juts out of the ocean just off the coast.
I brought along an iPhone with The Photographer’s Ephemeris so I could know exactly where the sun was going to set. After searching for a while, I finally settled on a composition. Knowing when and where the sun was setting, this gave me some time to further explore the beach and to have a look at everything around me. The hills to the north, and the sand in front of me, was glowing from the setting sun. I set up my tripod and composed a few shots.
After snapping a few photos, and with the sun nearly setting, I turned my attention back to the composition I had selected earlier. This is a photo of the rock formation, and I actually found out through Google maps, that it’s called Panatahi Island.
I waited for the sun to break out from behind the clouds and snapped a few photos with the golden light blanketing the sandy beach. I love the backlight on the seaweed and was lucky enough to capture a small sunstar.
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- Gear: Nikon D300s, Tokina 11-16, Gitzo Tripod
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