“Beach Rocks”

I live about 150 kms (100 miles) from the coast. Not a long distance but long enough when the closest beach means travelling through the suburbs of Brisbane. As I was visiting Eumundi to find out if it was worth having a market staff, I decided to stay at Tewantin for a few days and get some beach photos.

Breaking down reduced the time I had to take photos but I managed to get this one.

Here’s the story on how this photo was made.

The place

For those not interested in the maddening crowds and high-rises of the Gold Coast, Noosa offers a pleasant alternative. Easily accessible from the northern part of the area is Noosa National Park. A short walk along the walking tracks and you can easily reach Tea Tree Bay. It was here I made this photo.

Creating the photo

Creating the scene

I starting this photo on an angle. I moved around then saw how the two front rocks form a V shape. I then lined up the V with the rock at the rear. Next I wanted to make sure I had the three rocks separated so adjusted my tripod height to get a gap between the front two rock.

Next was to get the water slightly blurry. Simply slowing my shutter speed down gave me a photo that was too bright. To counter this, I fitted a NISI 6 stop neutral density filter. A good exposure from a shutter speed of 1.3 seconds.


Processing the photo was fairly easy. The water and sky were pretty well spot on but the foreground was a little dark. Brightening this area and increasing the contrast bought out the texture of the sand and the rocks. You can see this in the before and after example.

Technical stuff

Canon 6D
38mm F/11 1.3 Secs
NISI 6 stop neutral density filter

Framing suggestions

For this photo, I’m thinking a double mat.

The bottom mat is an off-white and I’m using Snowflake.

The upper mat is a light brown  slightly lighter than the sand colour. It’s called Almond.

I’ve chosen a natural timber coloured frame darker than the sand colour. I felt it suited the lighter mat colour and nicely frames the image.