Witsands-Bay Sunset

Oct 07, 1986

On the day of this shot, we had just finished a long day of shooting and we were on our way back to Cape Town when I made the driver stop the car at Witsands-Bay. The sun had just gone down about 20 minutes prior and to be completely honest the sky did not look like much – but I KNEW something was there. I used a time exposure technique to capture this shot, which is why the waves of the ocean are in full motion and the water appears smooth. Using time exposure, the camera has the opportunity to stay open for a longer period of time, giving the waves movement and adding that significant blur. In some situations this technique works well, and this was one of them. I think it made the shot look quite “dreamy” and brought out all the colors of the sunset afterglow.