The Making of “Harbour Glow” by David Phillips

As the warmth and humidity of a December night in Mackay presses on, the sunset offers a breathtaking interplay of colours across the harbour. Brilliant reds, pinks, and oranges light up the horizon, producing a crystalline sheen in the water. Ahead, storm clouds make their way across the sky, promising another wonderful show from nature with lightning dancing against the magnificent backdrop.

Technical Specs

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Focal Length: 16.0 mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter Speed: 30 sec
  • Tripod Used: Yes
  • Flash used: No
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
  • Filters:  Graduated Neutral Density

About the Experience

Cheryl and I spent a little over an hour driving around to find just the right place to setup for some great December storm and lightning shots in Mackay. We ended up all the way out at the end of the Mackay Harbour breakwall to find this unique and visually complex shot.

Many people had come out to the breakwall and set up card tables and fold up chairs to escape the heat and humidity while enjoying the cool Pacific breezes. It was quite a sight seeing so many families playing board games and enjoying themselves.

While I had first set up my tripod facing the opposite direction seeking out lightning shots, I couldn’t resist capturing this amazing glow of colour right behind me! I quickly rearranged my tripod to capture this image – with a wonderful array of colours as the vantage point looks across the harbour to the ever-popular Slade Rock in the Distance.

My Thoughts

One of the greatest parts about being a photographer is how you can be surprised on each and every outing you take. I had brought my gear out with one goal in mind: capture some lightning strikes in the area. Instead, I discovered the absolutely stunning show from nature that I never had set out to take in the first place. It just goes to show you that sometimes in life, there’s nothing wrong with letting the breeze take you someplace you weren’t quite expecting.

Order Your Harbour Glow Wall Hanging Today

If you’re interested in purchasing your own print of Harbour Glow, Cherish Artz has the image available as a custom wall hanging. This captivating image makes a perfect addition to any décor for your home or office. You can also give the print as a wonderful and thoughtful gift to any friend, relative, or loved one.

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