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Waking Up in Positano

Waking Up in Positano

Wakin Up in Positano by Des Paroz on

After a successful shoot in the blue hour from the eastern overlook of Positano, I decided to go back to the same location for sunrise photos the next morning.

The early backlighting from the sun behind cast a really nice light over the township, lighting the surrounding mountains up with a beautiful golden hue, and bringing out the details in the various pastel coloured buildings built up and down the town’s hills.

This differentials of colours were accentuated with the use of a Lee Filters GND filter and polarising filter, with some slight enhancement done in my favourite photo editing software, Luminar.

Lesson here, even when you have a good shot from a location don’t be afraid to go back at different times to really explore the location and the image possibilities.

View this image on 500px1 or Flickr

  1. As a matter of interest, this is the 100th image I’ve posted to 500px. 
Brief Thoughts on Ocean Warming

Brief Thoughts on Ocean Warming

Clown Anemone FishAccording to The Conversation oceanic warming is leading to changes in marine life distribution and spawning patterns. While there are people who still hold onto a disbelief in climate change science, there is clear evidence from the oceans, nature’s power house that things are indeed changing.

As temperatures warm, marine species are shifting their geographic distribution toward the poles.

For those of us who dive in temperate waters, this might at first sound interesting – maybe we will get an opportunity to dive with species that have traditionally been associated with sub-tropical and tropical waters, closer to home. But given that the coral reef ecosystems that support much of this life take decades, if not centuries, to grow there probably won’t be suitable habitats to support the marine life on the scale it needs to exist at.

Essentially, these findings indicate we are seeing widespread reorganisation of marine ecosystems, with probable significant repercussions for the services these ecosystems provide to humans. For example, small fish of southern origin are increasing in the North Sea but concurrent declines of large-bodied, cold-water commercial species are likely to result in social and economic impacts.

Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world’s protein consumed by humans. The impact is likely to be felt most in countries with the lowest GDP. A September 2012 report by Oceana found that losses of up to 40 percent of catch potential can be expected in the tropics.

There are many wonderful initiatives to improve our carbon footprint. Energy efficient lightbulbs, hybrid vehicles and carbon credits are all critically important. But I wonder sometimes if the oceans are the proverbial elephant in the room that few want to talk about when it comes to environmental protection.

Eve of Grey

Eve of Grey

Clovelly New Years Eve Sunset.

This is a monochrome version of a HDR image created from three exposures on New Years Eve, at Sydney’s Clovelly Beach.

I love the look that monochrome images can provide. I feel that in this case the extra tonal range provided by HDR adds a load of texture and character to the image.

This image is part of my Photos of the Day album, which can be viewed in high resolution at