Image of tide going out at Emieo by Mackay Photographers David Phillips

The Making of “Sunset Boulevard” by David Phillips

Captured in Eimeo, Mackay, this tranquil sunset shot reflects the peacefulness we all can find – right in our own backyards.

I was photographing alongside several other wonderful photographers on a tour known as the Canon Collective Queensland Road Trip. Sponsored by Canon, this event took us right to Cape Hillsborough Beach in front of the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.

A small inlet undulates inland away from the Sunset Bay toward Eimeo. The scenic mangroves and wetlands open up to the Pacific Ocean, creating the unique landscapes featured in this photograph.

As the tide brought the water back into retreat, a small break in the sand is slowly revealed. It features wonderful, natural designs alongside the sunset gradient – all shimmering in the nearly glass-still water.


Technical Specs

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Focal Length: 23.0mm
  • Aperture: f/16
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter Speed: 25.0 Sec
  • Tripod Used: Yes
  • Flash Used: No
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative

About the Experience

Canon’s Collective Queensland Road Trip brought together around 40 fellow photography enthusiasts. It was an awesome weekend, how great it is to share our passion for photography with fellow enthusiasts!  With my wife Cheryl and good friend Wendy, we made our way toward an opening that was not being photographed by anyone else at the time.

We found a wonderfully distinctive small break in the sand – opening up as the tide continued to wane. Once the sun began to set and the water calmed down, a truly special scene appeared in front of us. I was happy to capture this natural landscape with a complex-yet-calming compositional framework.

My Thoughts

I love capturing the wonderful Australian sunsets as much as the next guy. But I don’t always encounter an opportunity like this – where the sunset is simply a character amongst a much richer presentation from the natural world.

Looking at the sand in this picture, you can see the complex patterns that can only be created through the tidal process. For me, it evokes feelings of calmness and tranquility – creating beauty within the cyclical process of the earth’s rotation, the sun, and the tide.

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