Saturday, 18 December 2010

Oooh, colour - a rare one from me!

A few weeks ago I was at Bantham beach with a friend. This is the first shot I've found the time to process - I hope you like it!

Bantham Beach

Bantham Rocks to Burgh Island

The shot

The light was changing from one moment to the next when I was taking this shot. That and with the advancing tide, it was touch and go for a while.

Wintry showers had eased off and as the sun lowered beneath the clouds, shafts of golden light were piercing the gathering dusk.

Trying to time the shafts of light with the waves, and at the same time making sure the hotel in the distance on Burgh Island was caught in the light was a bit of a game!

Patience, wet feet and taking lots of shots paid off quite nicely in the end, don't you think?

Digital darkroom

I've given the shot a subtle HDR treatment (yes that type of seaweed really is that green!) and a bit of dodging and burning on the rocks, both to sculpt them and to bring the scene nearer to what I experienced.

A gentle-touch vignette brings the viewer's eye in towards the centre and I've given it a little "pop" by enhancing the contrast

comments / critique / feedback / tweets / buzzes always welcome :)
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