A Photo Day Trip to Blackpool

Earlier this week, Tuesday to be precise, I headed over to Blackpool with a friend. Blackpool is a great location for photography and often produces amazing sunsets at this time of year. As the conditions looked promising, we thought this would be worth trying.

Whilst I enjoyed the morning, my shots weren’t up to much. There are a few black and whites that show potential but none I want to share right now. But after some lunch in one of the chip shops, the afternoon turned from good into excellent.

Here’s a shot from early in the afternoon when it was still over an hour to sunset.

Blackpool Beach in the early afternoon

I shot this using my Panasonic G9 with Leica 8-18 lens. It’s a tripod mounted exposure of 1/160 second, at f/8.0 and ISO160. It’s tempting to think that I used a filter on the sky, but I didn’t. I think it was the light reflecting on the wet sand that helped to balance out the exposure.

When it came to the processing, I converted the RAW file using DxO PhotoLab 6. After that, I took the image into Photoshop where I applied the Nik Collection.

Here’s a second shot from a little later.

Blackpool Central Pier at sunset

This shows the Central Pier, again taken using the Panasonic Lumix G9 with Leica 8-18 lens at 8mm. It’s a tripod mounted exposure of 1/320 second at f/8.0 and ISO160, again without filters. The RAW processing was in DxO PhotoLab followed by the Nik Collection.

I’ll be publishing a YouTube video in a week or two, explaining how I achieved the bright glowing sunlight on the right of the frame. This week’s video is about exposure blending using Affinity Photo 2 and the new Luminosity Range Mask. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to it on my channel (https://youtu.be/l64v9BEJgkw).

I hope you like the shots and have a great weekend.

8 thoughts on “A Photo Day Trip to Blackpool

  1. And this was the Costa del Blackpool? Robin, I love the warm glow on the second shot.

    1. Thanks for Affinity 2 video which is excellent as usual. Just about to switch to version 2.

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