is a small bay in the south of Great Barrier Island (Aotea, NZ). The track to Dolphin Bay starts on Cape Barrier Road. The track is well marked and it takes about 2 hours return. The bay is secluded, with a rocky beach, a great place to relax and enjoy the views. Along the way, you walk through mature bush and forest, and there are a couple viewpoints. Albeit not cleared, they motivate to carry on. My plan was to arrive 90 minutes before sunset and to photograph the bay using a long exposure.
Gear & Technique
Well, there is really not much to it. I used a tripod, IR remote shutter, a wide angle lens, camera and an optical (neutral density) filter. I used a 10 stop ND filter, which allows me to use a shutter time 1024 times longer than otherwise possible. After walking around and finding a suitable composition, I set things up and waited. I enjoy the “waiting game”, and try my best to not alter the composition. The way things were, there would be no dramatic colours in the sky and the clouds were coming toward me. The sky was getting clearer by the minute.
The Photo of the Day
My experience in landscape photography has been that often one of the first five photos ends up being the best. I wonder if this has anything to do with over-thinking vs. intuition. Once the sun had set, I decided to head back. The predominantly uphill hike from Dolphin Bay to the road takes about an hour, so I decided not to wait until it got dark. I was happy with the photos, and one goal was to keep it simple. Coming home with no more than 20 images. Less than 10 minutes into the hike, I looked back at an un-cleared viewpoint. Today, the best photo was the last. Have a good one and make sure to check out my galleries. Cheers, Ben