10 Years on at Cape Deslacs

Cape Deslacs 2020 Evening Image
The evening sun setting over Cape Deslacs and Clifton Beach in South East Tasmania February 2020 (50mm, 4s, f11.0)

Cape Deslacs is one of that places that most people point at from a distance (at the other end of Clifton Beach) and some may walk to during the day for some exercise and take a passing interest in it’s ragged shore, but the real magic happens when the sun starts to go dip below the horizon.

I first visited Cape Deslacs in December 2009 when I was just starting to get into photography, armed with an Canon EOS 400D. I last visited it in January 2010. It’s fair to say it has been a while between trips. That was why I was excited to revisit the location with friend and fellow photographer Greg Gibson.

It’s been interesting the compare the photos that I took 10 years ago to what I am taking now.

Cape Deslacs December 2009 (11mm, 0.6s, f16.0)

I think there is still a quality about my 2009 image – the composition appeals to me (I really like that water swirl in the lower right), there colours are good for early evening when the sun is still high, and there is enough fidelity in detail to make it interesting when at smaller sizes like this.

At the same time, being there earlier in the evening meant the sun’s intensity on the cliff face (which faces west) so some of the colour highlights blown out, and notably I lacked access to the filters I have today to create the longer exposure in daylight. I also note that I was a less patient photographer back then, wanting to arrive, take the photo and then leave – not wait around to see what happens.

And with Greg we waited. We waited 2 hours. and it was completely worth it, watch the Cape and the sky go from yellow to orange to magenta and finally indigo as the sun set.

The awesome magenta sunset of Cape Deslacs in February 2020 (58mm, 4s, f8.0)

To be fair, it’s a 15-20 minute walk in soft sand to get to Cape Deslacs, and you’ll definitely get your exercise with a a significant camera load, but it is captures like this that make you want to come back again, and again, and again.

I am really happy to have significant ND filters now – all of these photos were using either an ND8 or an ND1000 filter, with a CPL thrown is as well.

Cape Deslacs Sunset Panorama February 2020 (28mm, 1/2s shutter, f4.0, 5 image stitch)

It truly was an amazing and unexpected sunset as when we had arrived earlier in the evening there was almost no upper level cloud. However within 15 minutes it was over, and the light started to fade from the sky as dusk turned to twilight.

There was just enough time to capture a few more larger sets of waves crashing in before it was time to test out our night vision while making the 20 minute trek back to the car along the beach.

The last of the light starts to fade into nightfall on Cape Deslacs February 2020
(50mm, 2s, f8.0)