Cliff Top Dusk, Pennington Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia. #3239

Cliff Top Dusk, Pennington Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia. #3239

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The sky half promised a colourful sunset so I set off to a location that I had scouted a few days before. I plan my photographs with the happy understanding that they will not go completely (or at all) to plan. It’s one of the reasons why I love the whole process of making pictures.

As expected, this plan did not happen as hoped. If it had, the photograph here would have had an outrageous, vibrant canopy of clouds.

Instead, there was just a faint smudge of pink to my left that appeared well after the sun had settled below the horizon.

Waiting in such a vista is not so hard to take and I had an optimistic feeling that the light might still get interesting. I just hoped it would be soon because I was not looking forward to walking back along the cliff top in the dark.

Luckily, the light arrived in the form of a faint reflection softly lighting parts of the red cliffs before me. It stayed long enough for me to make six frames at 10 seconds each for me to later stitch into the picture you see here.

My headlamp had fresh batteries (not always a part of my planning :-) and the walk back on an unusually warm and windless evening was without any catastrophic stumbles :-)

Kangaroo Island is pretty easy to reach by either ferry or plane. Even so, it still feels and is remote.

This picture is from a series I made at Pennington Bay. Rugged beaches, hemmed in by stoney cliffs, face towards Antarctica. From this place there is no land until the great white continent in the south.

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