Interesting Photo of the Day: Moeraki Boulders

Sunsets are always magnificent if captured properly. But when you capture one with something that you don’t see every day, like these Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand, it takes it to another level:

sunset with unique rock formations

“Alien Forms” by Chris Smith (Via 500px. Click image to see full size.)

Besides the unique rock formations and the magnificent sunset, good post processing and a camera with decent dynamic range were required to pull off this image. Using a Canon 5D, photographer Chris Smith managed to combine technique with natural phenomena perfectly.

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5 responses to “Interesting Photo of the Day: Moeraki Boulders”

  1. Avola says:

    Magnificent photo, indeed. Looks surreal. I’d love to be there for such a sunset.

  2. russell scott says:

    its presumable sunrise not sunset – the boulders are on the east facing coast of NZ + shaded by cliffs at sunset (and at late afternoon there can be hundreds of people here taking pictures – sunrise is much quieter as few people gut out of bed early enough)

  3. resident says:

    Avola , so would i love to see that , but unfortunately the sun sets in the west in New Zealand , This photo looks east as russell points out. well doctored job….

  4. Howard Tredo says:

    I was thinking the same as Resident.
    I too am from NZ and have photographed these boulders in black and white film and coloured slides back in the 1960s and 1970s.
    I personally believe this is sunrise rather than sunset.
    As the photo is captioned “Alien Forms” with no mention of “sunset” I would suggest this being an editorial blooper by assuming it to be sunset.
    Moeraki is on the east coast of the South Island about midway between Timaru and Dunedin.

  5. Robyn Bennett says:

    We have a holiday house at Moeraki and spend a lot of time there.. the sun sets on the hills.. we were treated with these spectacular sunrises last week.. absolutely stunning photo..

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