sky photography mackay marina from the harbour breakwall

The Making of “Gelato Skies” by Cheryl Eagers

In the stifling hot Mackay Harbour Marina skyline, a storm lingers on the horizon. Soft shades of blue, pink and light orange blend together in a distinct cascading of harmonious colours. The distinctly soft sky is reminiscent of gelato in its creamy blend of these sunset shades.

Technical Specs

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Focal Length: 175.0 mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter Speed:1/60 sec
  • Tripod Used: No
  • Flash Used: No
  • Metering Mode: Spot Metering
  • Taken: Just After Sunset, 6.47 PM

About the Experience

The day I took this photograph was by far one of the most humid days I have ever experienced in Mackay. While the stifling humidity was definitely tough to endure, I knew I had some amazing shots waiting for me if I pressed on.

Once the evening began to set in, the temperature was still an unbelievable 37° Celsius! Needless to say, I drank a lot of water to help keep me cool during this excursion.

A storm was looming over the Mackay Harbour, but the welcoming breeze from the Pacific Ocean was helping to ease the heat. People were taking full advantage of the breeze by sitting out on the nearby breakwall. Some people even set up card tables and picnics to give them some solace from the extreme heat.

I looked up to see a wonderfully majestic symphony of clouds and harmonious colours. I quickly adjusted my camera settings – no time for a tripod! I was quick enough to capture this shot – giving me a prize to take home for enduring this hot evening excursion.

My Thoughts

What attracted me to this image was the beautiful soft colours in the sky. They reminded me of gelato, and if you know me you know that ice cream is a great weakness of mine!

I’m so glad that I didn’t give up because of the heat. The Pacific breeze gave me some relief, and it was fun to see all the different people escaping the heat on the breakwall. All of it helped lead me to this image – which reminds me of those hot Mackay nights.

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