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Sunrise_Hamilton Island

Here are some images from a trip to Hamilton Island in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Situated off the coast of Queensland, Australia the island is a great place to unwind from the stresses of a busy lifestyle. The few days I spent on the island provided a great break from my hectic teaching schedule and allowed me to recharge in comfortable surroundings.

Covering an area of 5 square miles, 70% of which is protected national park, most of the island’s photographic hot spots are easily accessible from the major accommodation centres. There are no cars on the island and, while hilly, many places of interest are accessible through the hire of reasonably priced golf buggy like vehicles.

Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 30mm f5.6 lens

Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 30mm f5.6 lens

The above image features Catseye Bay, situated directly across from my hotel room. With the tide well and truly out I was able to wander out quite a distance from shore to make the photo. The image was actually made during the pre-glow, just before the sun rose over the horizon. The sun’s warm light lit up the cloud above from where it reflected back down onto the water and sand below. As these were the main areas illuminated within an otherwise still dark environment I made sure I designed my image around the clouds and lit foreground.

Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 30mm f5.6 lens

Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 30mm f5.6 lens

The composition of the second image in this series is divided into four relatively even sections. The cool sky and water serve to frame the warm yellow and magenta colors, while the hills and clouds, and their reflections, add visual impact through the middle of the frame. The repetition of warm and cool, top and bottom and left and right provide balance throughout the image.

Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad 30mm f5.6 lens with Fuji Velvia 100 film

Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad 30mm f5.6 lens with Fuji Velvia 100 film

The final image in this series was made on a clear morning from atop Passage Peak. This is a tough climb, but the views make it well worthwhile. And, while the sunrise was unremarkable, the warm early light illuminated the trees and rocks on the hilltop, from where I was shooting, and provided a strong contrast with the cool light illuminating the water and landforms below.

All images in this series were made with a Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 30mm f5.6 lens with Fuji Velvia 100 film. In each case a B+W 81B Warming Filter was added to reduce the bluish color cast that occurs in the shade when photographing under a clear blue sky. When shooting film I used this filter almost all the time.

It’s amazing to think that the Whitsunday Island group is currently under threat from tropical cyclone Hamish. Australia certainly has had its share of natural disasters this year.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography


3 Responses

  1. Wow, stunning panoramic views! =)

    What’s great about these photographs is that the colors appear as they really appeared when you took the photos…(Did I guess it right?) I’ve seen HDRs and noted their vibrant colors, but these shots here have vibrant colors too. Amazing.

  2. Hi Melisa,

    Your’e right – no HDR on these images. Just attention to light and careful exposure when making the image. By ensuring that the data is captured during exposure image processing with Lightroom and Photoshop is relatively fast and straightforward. Instead of using software to save poor quality images I use these programs to enhance the inherent qualities of the original image, whether film or digital. For me photography is still very much about interacting with the subject or scene during the process of exposure. I wouldn’t make the original exposure unless I felt the image could stand up for itself, without intensive processing. It’s still all about light and how it interacts with the subject or scene in front of us.

    I hope you’ll return regularly to this site. At this stage I’m concentrating on setting up a broad knowledge base. More specific techniques will be included down the track.

    Kindest Regards,


  3. So it’s really awesome, no HDR on the images! I like images that take advantage of natural light.

    Right, I have linked to this site so I could easily access it when I’m online. Thanks so much for the info, Glenn.

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