The Sun was rapidly approaching the horizon and I had driven 200 miles to capture this moment. The rock ledge was less than 4 feet above the sea and the rock was slippery with seaweed. Then just as I was about to take the shot the light changed. Out came the filters, a quick check of the camera settings and I hit the shutter release.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length: 24 mm
ISO Speed: 50
Filter: Lee ND 0.9 filter
Filter: Lee Sunset graduated
Thanks for the all the comments. To answer a few questions;
The shot was taken at Portland Bill near Weymouth in Southern England.
I had to climb down a cliff to reach the rock ledge, its a bit tricky with a 15kg camera back pack and a tripod, but its just manageable. Getting back up the cliff, now that's the difficult part. If I go back there I'm taking a ladder or climbing gear.
This was my first visit, but I had carried out some research so I knew the tidal timings and the direction of the Sunset as well as the weather forecast. The rocks as normally a dull gray colour but they reflect the sunset beautifully.
I chose this composition, even though it is perhaps too centered for some. I found that cropping it to the traditional 1/3 rds was too boring.
I am glad though that so many people liked the photo.