Photography 101: Water

Water is todays assignment. I love water, it is my main subject as a landscape photographer.


My picture is of Rainbow Bay.  Why it was named that I do not know but I can guess.  Each time I take a photo there during the sunset, I get all kinds of reflections and colours in the sky hence the Rainbow.

This photo was taken a few months ago when I bought my first wide angle lens.  I wanted to test it out and of course I naturally was drawn to my favourite beach.  At the time it was late afternoon and a surfer had left his board on the beach to go for a swim.  You can see his head just popping above the water on the right hand side.  I thought this will be an interesting shot with the surfboard in the foreground.  The beaches of the Gold Coast are renowned for great surfing and a lot of surfing competitions are held here especially at Snapper Rocks just around the corner – namely the Quicksilver Pro and the Roxy Pro.

It is the place where a lot of Australians and their kids go on summer holidays.  It is where I like to walk of an afternoon and on some occasions go for the sunsets with my tripod and sit and wait and watch.  The surfers are always out until its dark.  We then head over to the Rainbow Bay surf club for dinner.  So this is my local.

rainbow beach-surf board

I didn’t take it in portrait format as it would not have given the sense of expansiveness of the beach and the long stretch of cloud formation that I was after.  I feel the wider view was most appropriate.



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  1. Loved this shot before … and love it still, Karen!! Your shots with your wide angle lens are just so awesome. That’s the next on my bucket list … but since I just replaced my camera, it’s going to be a long while before I’ll be shopping for that! And as for your landscape orientation, yup, makes perfect sense to me. I tend to shoot in landscape 95 percent of the time. I really do need to change things up 🙂

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    • Thanks Stacy, a bit hard at present to go out and do a new shot as I am away but have a lot of resources to fall back on with “water” Landscapes just lend themselves to landscape orientation, I guess that’s why they call it that lol 🙂 I shoot whatever feels right at the time but probably do tend to use Landscape more. Thanks for your comments ..

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  2. so beautiful!! It looks almost like a painting. I love the reflection of gold on the turquoise water!

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  3. Very nice image. I think you’ve brought the “feeling” of the place out very well. Or at least, what I’d like for the feeling of the place to be (having never been there).


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