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Friday Image No.127

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Grass and dunes at sunset. Fuji X-T2 with 18-55 lens at 44mm. 1/1250" at f4.0, ISO200.
Grass and dunes at sunset. Fuji X-T2 with 18-55 lens at 44mm. 1/1250″ at f4.0, ISO200.

I’m sat here this evening searching my images to find a Friday image to share. As I do so, the overwhelming feeling I have is that all the images are too “in your face”. They are all competing too hard for my attention and as a result none of them hold it.

But with Yin there must be Yang (my Tai Chi teacher would be impressed) and this image has subtly held my attention. I remember at the time the vivid, sunset light falling onto this grass as I walked through the dunes. I decided to make the grass and consequently light the centre of attention. To retain a sense of place I included the sea in the background but deliberately threw it out of focus. You know it’s a beach at sunset but if I didn’t tell you it was Bamburgh, you wouldn’t known.

Ultimately, the more I look at this image, the greater the feeling and sense of place it evokes. That’s very odd for a generic beach scene at sunset. Then again, perhaps it’s because I was there and it doesn’t do anything for you.

Apologies for my ramblings. I hope you have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.126

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Bamburgh sunrise. Fuji XT2, Fujinon 10-24mm at 12mm, 1/7" at f/13.
Bamburgh sunrise. Fuji XT2, Fujinon 10-24mm at 12mm, 1/7″ at f/13.

I seem to say it every Friday, but this week has again been packed. One day I will finally catch up with myself (I hope). Probably the best thing to have happen was being able to track down the issue with my Fuji telephoto lens and realising it was caused by my ND Grad filters. Now I know the cause I will be able to work around it using multiple exposures and luminosity mask blending (or perhaps HDR).

For this week’s image, I’m sharing another of the images from Northumberland that I shot a couple of weeks back. I had to take around 20 shots before I got the waves just right but the perseverance was worth it. This image is exactly as I wanted it. The reflection of the low sun on the water and the wet rocks is perfect.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Image No. 123

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Penmon, Anglesey, North Wales. Nikon D800, 18-35mm lens, ISO100, 1/15" @ f/16.0
Penmon, Anglesey, North Wales. Nikon D800, 18-35mm lens, ISO100, 1/15″ @ f/16.0

I find it odd that I can seldom pick my best work immediately after a shoot. In fact, I find I often need to leave a batch of images at least 6 months before I can pick the ones I’m happiest with. Often, as is the case with this image, I need to leave the files alone for a couple of years.

I shot this image back in October 2014 when I had my brief experiment with the Nikon D800. Some of you might remember this and how I hated the camera. I now find some of the image were quite good although the lens distortion from the lenses I was using was significant. I suspect my feelings for the camera distorted my view of the images as much as the poor-quality lens.

This image was shot at Penmon on Anglesey in North Wales. I used a 2 stop ND grad to darken the sky. The post processing was performed in Lightroom to convert the RAW file and then On1 Photo RAW. I remember waiting for ages at the time for the man to walk in front of the house so that I could capture him cleanly. I’m not sure if you can see him as it will depend on the resolution of your screen but I wanted him there.

Have a great weekend and I hope you get out with your camera.

Friday Image No.95

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Haystack Rock, Canon Beach, Oregon. Sony A7R with Canon 24-70 lens.
Haystack Rock, Canon Beach, Oregon. Sony A7R with Canon 24-70 lens.

For the Friday image this week, I wanted to share another shot from my recent trip. The rock in the frame is rather famous (I could find a Wikipedia page anyway https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haystack_Rock) and is called Haystack Rock. It’s located at Canon Beach in Oregon which is a fantastic place to visit. It’s a little like St Ives in Cornwall but done American style.

Whilst this sea stack is an impressive and imposing sight, it’s not that easy to create a pleasing composition. At a distance and with a wet beach/reflection you can create some interesting arrangements. But when the beach is very busy as it was here, you find yourself quite limited as you try to dodge the many people.

I struggled for some time before I moved sufficiently close to shoot this and have to admit that it was more of a grab shot taken hand held. What was fantastic though was the light. There was a bit of a sea mist rolling in and the low setting sun was catching it; sometimes the light makes compromise worthwhile.

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

Friday image No.039

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Rock at Aberdaron, Wales

This week’s Friday image was shot on my trip to Wales last week. It was 10:00 in the morning on Saturday and the rain was coming down hard from the dark sky. My friend checked the weather forecast and announced the weather would clear at 11:00 and that we should leave now to be ready for the storm breaking. I didn’t believe the forecast but agreed.

At 11:00 there was a break in the clouds and within 30 minutes the sun was breaking through the storm as predicted (Ed, if your reading this well done. All that new computer kit at the Met Office is paying off). As usual when a rain front breaks you get dramatic lighting and this was no exception. We raced over to the small coastal town of Aberdaron where we thought the light on the beach would be interesting; we weren’t wrong.

At the time I had the camera set to shoot in black and white as there wasn’t much colour from the contrasty lighting. To make the image more interesting a 6 stop Lee ND filter was used which gave a shutter speed of around 1 second. The image above represents pretty much my vision for the finished image (which by the way hasn’t had a lot of processing). It wasn’t until I saw the colour version that I realised there was a better option. Printing the two images at A4 the black and white looks good until you compare it side by side with the colour version. At A3 and larger the colour image is particularly impressive.

Let me know if you agree the colour version is better and have a great weekend.

Rock at Aberdaron, Wales