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Costal Sunset

Costal Sunset
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-11
Categories: Seascape, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Scotland - October 2009
Date Submitted: 2009-12-07 6:54
Viewed: 4506
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was something new for me on the photography course I took on the Isle of Skye. Taking photos in almost complete darkness! It was that dark that it needed "elephants counting" (1 elephant, 2 elephants, 3 elephants etc) to know where the timer was upto on the camera - this one needed 100 of them but that camera made it 105 seconds.

It was pretty much also my first experience of using a Digital Spot Meter as well as my 3 Stop ND filters to get an even longer exposure.

This pretty much needed manual focusing which is something I have never been very good at.

So picture the scene - 3 women and 1 man - balancing 3 tripods and cameras on the wet rocks - trying our hardest to focus our cameras and not drop the filters or spot meters into the water, or fall off the rock overselves - all in twilight - counting elephants!

Well I managed to get 2 photos off before the colour in the sky was completely gone - the long exposure helps to add to the saturation of the colours recording details that the human eye can just no longer see in the low level light, but is still there to be recorded.

So a rather different photo from Elgol on the Isle of Skye but one I rather like and something I would not have previously considered.

So tripod, 3 stop ND filter, 2 stop hard graduated ND filter to the horizon, mirror lockup and timer control and finally a digital spot meter and then a torch to be able to get back off the rocks with afterwards.

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Waw...is like on the moon(or another planet)
Congratulation for this wonderful capture!!

Hi Emma!

Let me congratulate you for this new experience and its result. It's important and makes fun to try out new things. Your night experiment turned out well and the picture is as beautiful as particular. The fact that the water surface looks more like fog creates this particular effect. It's fascinating to read your notes and to learn about this technique.

Kind regards


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-07 7:19]

Hi Emma.
Very impressive result of use of new technique. Until these days I have not tried anything similar. Unreal, fairy-tale picture. I like pleasant colour palette and lights, wonderful combination of sharp hard stones and velvet of sea surface. Well done and kind regards.

Nice scenery. Beautiful composition, congratulations.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-12-07 8:17]
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Hi Emma,

nice to hear somebody else has been negotiating slimey rocks in the dark ;o) All the challenges you faced sound very familiar! Focusing in the dark or dying light is a nightmare sometimes. Your experimenting has produced a nice result, however. The soft tones and sharp detail contrast very well together. It is also good to see you chose a different view from the one people normally take from this area, well done, worth the effort.

hello Emma
very beautiful style and her output in this splendid landscape!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Emma,

Beautiful landscape/seascape shot. A nice long exposure on the sea has left it looking like mist which I really like. Excellent colours captured in the sky as well.
Great capture and TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-07 11:00]

Hola Emma,
atractivos efectos,
fino pov. y buenos detalles,
saludos amigo.

Hello Emma
Great experience and excellent result,while counting pink elephants?
Well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-12-08 4:08]

Lovely shot and experiment here, Emma :)
I see Ian's been putting you to do new stuff...and that's great!
I've been playing around with some long exposures and startrails this year, too, so it's a first for us both.
This is a very fine capture. I really like the smoothness of the water and how well the wet rocks stand out in this matter here. The textures on them are much more evident as well and that attracts a lot of attention to the FG, too.
Surely, the sky is intriguing, as well - with its fading color and elongated and motion blurred clouds.
Overall, another terrific post!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Emma,
The effort surely paid of and gave you a wonderful result. Picture this, I am doing similar things with a 10 stop ND filter and even at daylight this does not allow to see through the viewfinder. I now know a new trick; It's using the live view, since this might give you that extra bit of brightness to view the composition.
As Paul mentioned, the difference between the soft sea and pin sharp rock is great. The soft colors and soft texture in the sky are really beautiful.

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