Natural Landscapes Monday: The Azure Window

Natural Landscapes Monday: The Azure Window

This rather amazing rock arch, known as The Azure Window, can be found on the Western coast of the island of Gozo, in the Maltese archipelago. Fans of Game of Thrones will probably recognize the location of the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo.

The Azure Window

The Azure Window

Even though it was close to sunset, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the light was still very bright on this summer afternoon, so I used a combination of a 10-stop and a 3-stop ND filter to slow down the shutter and smooth the surface of the sea. My aim was to make the rough texture of the rocks stand out against the smooth sea and sky and give the image more of a tridimensional feeling than would have been possible if everything had been textured.

Conversion to black-and-white was also instrumental in making the image all about shapes and textures and not about the colors. Some localized dodging and burning was also employed to make some areas stand out even more.

Equipment used: Nikon D90, Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX.

Exposure data: 213s at f/8, ISO 200.

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