Fingal phenomenon

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Fingal Head has to be my favourite rock formation on the NSW north coast. Its big hexagon pillars stand bolt upright out of the ocean in such a dramatic fashion. These columns were formed from an ancient Volcano in the Tweed valley and it’s a rare phenomenon that has only occurred in a few places around the world.

This photo was taken during our stay on the north coast late last week. I have shot this set-up before with a more standard angle of the place (See our last attempt here) so this time I wanted to get an angle that tells a different story.The sweeping dawn clouds also looked better to the north, so I found my spot, setup the tripod and shot a 7-minute exposure through a neutral density filter. I love ultra long exposures; it gives me time in between shots to take in the morning, rather than fussing over my camera the whole time and missing the moment. It was a special morning too. On the edge of salty headland at dawn is where you will find me most days.

CAMERA INFO || Shot with the Canon 5D MK3, 17-40mm lens set at 17mm, 0.9 ND grad filter, 10 stop ND filter, Tripod mounted : Shutter speed 409secs – Aperture F-8 with ISO set at 200




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