Noosa Heads Main Beach at Sunset

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This image was taken just on sunset at Noosa Heads Main Beach right next to Sails Restaurant. Though approaching winter Queensland’s Sunshine Coast still manages a balmy 30 degrees celsius this time of year.

About Shooting Noosa Heads Sunset

I wanted to capture an image that would be instantly recognisable to those who know the place well and a photo that would describe it best for those wanting to visit Noosa Heads.

I wanted people to be able to put themselves at Noosa and imagine sitting and watching the sun go down.

So I went about positioning myself to capture the silhouettes of people enjoying the sunset. Then framing the shot with the instantly recognisable Pandanus Trees lining the beach and headland. Finally aimed my lens just off center of the setting sun to create the  sun flare effect.

The Gear Used

  • Camera: Nikon D810
  • Lens: Nikon 16-35mm f4
  • Tripod (for landscapes in slower shutter speeds I use a tripod to eliminate movement blur, in anticipation of printing large crisp images for web purposes you could get away with hand held at 1/15 of second)

Camera Settings

  • Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f15
  • Shutter Speed: 1/15sec
  • ISO: 64 (this is where the D810 excels)
  • White Balance: Auto

Note: I shoot in RAW always (and so should you if you’re wanting to become a proficient landscape, portrait, nature photographer. The only people I know who shoot exclusively in Jpeg are Photo Journalists needing to get photos processed, in camera, online, asap, as it happens). So technically setting your White Balance is not required, as your post processing will take care of that.

Where is Noosa Heads?

Noosa Heads is on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. Its about an hour and a half or roughly 140kms from Brisbane depending on who’s navigating.

For a visual, check out the map below.

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