Rising up to the light: A seascape of the Hashigui Iwa at sunrise. Kushimoto, Japan.

The dazzling beauty of the sun rising among the Hashigui Iwa filled my eyes and my heart, impressing in my mind a feeling of peace and joy; I’ll never forget that magical moment of a cold morning of autumn.
This image represents just a fraction of the beauty of that moment, nevertheless I’ve put all of myself in trying to catch a glimpse of that magic. It’s the result of the manual blending of five exposures (to capture the entire high dynamic range), using the luminosity masking technique to depict the scene as real as possible; I hope you like it.
The reason why I named this photo “Rising up to the light” is because I imagined to look at a group of marine titans who rise up towards the sun to catch its light and vital energy.

Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 5 exposures bracketed
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

You can find the complete article about the Hashigui Iwa in Kushimoto at the following link: Hashigui Iwa: A unique seascape in Japan

This photograph has been awarded twice at the following international photography competitions:
Honorable Mention in the 2015 edition of the ND Awards: “Rise up to the light” – Category Nature/Seascape Waterscape
Nominee in the 2017 edition of the FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards: “Rising up to the light” – Category Seascape


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