WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2010

Wildscapes

Kah Kit Yoong, Australia

Southern swell

Hanson Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, faces the Southern Ocean and the full force of its massive swells and storms, which blow in from Antarctica. 'The tide was too high for the first two shoots,' says Kah Kit, 'but on the third, at sunrise, there was a storm.' As the dawn light filtered through the dark clouds, the tide was low enough for him to stand on the rocks. But rain and sea spray were a huge problem. 'I had to keep wiping the lens and filters,' says Kah Kit. 'In fact, saltwater damage caused my camera body to stop working altogether after this shoot.' The slow shutter gave the ethereal effect he was after, as if the sea were draining away at the edge of the world.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III + 16-35mm f2.8 lens + Singh-Ray reverse-graduated neutral-density filter; 2.5 sec at f11; ISO 100; Gitzo Explorer tripod.


Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia: latitude -36.019775, longitude 136.85513 Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia: latitude -36.019775, longitude 136.85513

Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia

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Kah Kit Yoong, Australia

  • Dawn stars