Sunset Over Home Beach – Three Hummock Island

It was our second night on Three Hummock Island, an awesome dinner had been consumed, and I was kicking back on the lounge in front of the fire with a glass of red when I heard Karen call out from the other end of The Homestead, “Have you seen the sky? It’s gone a bit pink.”.

A conundrum! To investigate, or to take another sip and throw another log on the fire?

Might as well check it out I guess…

The weather had been mixed all day, blowing its guts out one minute, warm sun the next, and the odd shower or two thrown in just for good measure, but in the main it had been overcast. In short, not very promising from a photographic perspective!

You can just imagine my surprise when I stepped out onto the deck and looked towards Hunter Island in the west. I knew it was going to be special, but just how special had to wait until I saw the first tiny image appear on the LCD of the camera…

Taking a quick shot of the windmill, I then sprinted 50m down the twisting, sandy track to Home Beach, tripod in one hand and camera in the other, praying that the light would hold!

And hold it did! For the next 20 minutes I was in absolute sunset nirvana.

Five years ago it would have been pure luck me for to have captured any decent shots from this particular night. With the light swiftly fading, composing a decent image was extremely difficult, particularly considering that I’d only spent about 10 minutes on the beach the day before and didn’t have a feel for what ‘worked’. If that wasn’t enough, in the dim light I then had to pick the right camera settings and try and achieve a focus point that would include both the foreground and background…and then you can throw a bottle of wine into the mix!

This was the result…

Home Beach at Sunset

Three Hummock Boat Shed at Sunset

Windmill at Sunset

A sunset I will never forget as long as I live, and it was all down to a random observation by my wonderful wife!

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  1. Hi Iain. First of all, my apologies for the delayed response, but for some reason my comment notifier failed dismally!

    You are quite right regarding the kayak option and I was remiss in not mentioning it. While it isn’t a mode of travel that we’ll be using any time soon, it would certainly give you a unique and very peaceful perspective of the island (assuming the weather was ok!).

    I’ve heard a number of people say exactly the same thing regarding Shepherd’s Bay so it must be true! I’d love to visit it one day. By all accounts it is just incredible! Albatross is another one that interests me. I hadn’t heard of it until Bev and John told us a few stories of the islands surrounding Three Hummock. Too many islands, too little time!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. hi Andrew, great post and wonderful photography. Uumm, there is another way to get to TH – by sea kayak.
    I have spent many, many weeks over the last few years paddling around Robbins, Walker, TH and Hunter Islands (and out to Albatross Island) and you’re right – you could easily believe you’re in the Whitsundays. My favourite area is Mosquito Inlet between the top end of Robbins and the bottom of Walker, just a spectacular place. Shepherd’s Bay on Hunter Island’s north east coast leaves Wineglass Bay for dead IMO,



  3. omg I would love to be able to produce such shots! im a beginner at photography. My cannon G15 is smarter than I am unfortunately.. ps. I have been to Three Hummock Island also. Loved it to bits! but didn’t have a good camera at the time.. must re-visit. thanks for sharing those amazing shots 🙂

    1. I’m sure you could Sarah. Just remember that when you’re looking at one gorgeous photo what you DON’T see is the hundred ‘failures’ that never got published 🙂

      A few tips, composition is number one, second is understanding the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), and once you’ve got a reasonable grasp of those two things have a think about shooting in ‘RAW’ rather than ‘JPG’ and getting familiar with some sort of post processing software because that can make a massive difference to your images.

      Then take your camera back to Three Hummock Island and go nuts!

      1. Cheers Andrew! I really am trying out all the modes and programs on the camera. but I get frustrated due to lack of understanding them and not being able to be ready to take a shot what the moment presents because I can’t find the right setting for the situation.. if I shoot in RAW will it be harder to save/print images to computer or save to device? can you recommend any software?.. yeah, will head back to the gorgeous THI some time.

        1. Selecting RAW will make no difference at all to how the images get saved to the camera/PC. They are about 2-3 times bigger than a JPG file, but that’s because they’re chock full of information. The big difference with shooting RAW is that all the processing decisions are entirely up to you. So rather than letting the camera decide which bits of an image should be light/dark/vibrant etc.. it’s you that has the power to make those decisions. The only catch is that you need to be able to use Lightroom/Photoshop/Gimp or some other software in order to do that processing (personally, I’d recommend Lightroom to start, as it can do 90% of what Photoshop can do, but it’s a lot more user friendly). Obviously there’s also the extra time it takes to process an image, whereas with JPG it’s ready straight out of the camera. Once you get familiar with processing, you’ll never go back to JPG, trust me! There’s so much extra detail you can extract from an image when it’s you that’s making the changes, rather than trusting on the computer inside your camera.:)

          Regarding choosing the right settings, the way I started out is by focusing on aperture. Decide what depth of field you want for an image and then work from there. I used to think you had to put the camera into ‘manual’ mode to get a good image, but more and more I find myself putting the camera into ‘aperture priority’ mode. That means that I lock in the aperture, and the camera decides what shutter speed and ISO to use. Initially at least,that can give you the freedom to not have to worry about settings so much, and you can focus more on composition and getting your timing right.

          1. Andrew thank you so much for all that amazing info! really appreciate it. I will do as you suggest and work on my AP mode for a while. and I will dedicate a new sd card solely for shooting in RAW. will look into Lightroom for processing. sorry I squeezed you for info 🙂 Just got to the point where frustration is winning lol I haven’t had anyone to discuss this with, so very grateful for your comments. Have a great day 🙂

    1. Thanks! All my images get initially processed in Lightroom where I would normally apply croppng, rotation, basic curves and contrast adjustments. If I identify one or more images that are pretty special (as with the three above!) I’ll then export to Photoshop to make finer adjustments using masks, that just isn’t possible in Lightroom.

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