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I've been spending a fair bit of time up at St. Mary's Lighthouse over the last year and understandably it's different every time I'm there, whether it be the weather conditions, time of day or the placement of the tide.

This was taken around 10am with an incoming tide. I opted for a long exposure (a whacking 90 seconds) as there wasn't much happening in the sky.

Composition wise I wanted to capture some of the black coal dust that mixes itself in with the sand along most of the north east coastline.

In post production I wanted to really mute the colours so I desaturated the image to about 10% then dropped the temperature a bit in Lightroom giving this slight blueuish tinge whilst still keeping the whiteness of the lighthouse.

No doubt I'll be back there again soon and who knows what I'll conjure up next time!

p.s. - just realised my EPZ membership has expired - large will have to miss out on this one Sad

Camera:Canon 5D Mk II
Lens:Canon 17-40L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Coal Dust
Username:michaelcombe michaelcombe
Uploaded:2 Jan 2011 - 8:37 PM
Tags:Coast, Island, Landscape / travel, Night, Sea, St mary's lighthouse, Tyne & wear, Water, Waves, Whitley bay
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john short
john short  1025 forum posts United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 - 8:45 PM

Very Impressive, like this a lot

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 - 9:01 PM

Excellent Captur well dune

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2011 - 9:03 PM

brilliant comp and detail a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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Dave_Henderson
Dave_Henderson e2 Member 961 forum postsDave_Henderson vcard United Kingdom
3 Jan 2011 - 8:09 AM

The texture in the foreground tops it off. Pay your dues .... large would have been better !!

Dave

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 12:31 PM

A beautiful, well restrained capture.

Andy

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 12:41 PM

cracking fg colour and like what youve done with the colour. hurry and sort your E2 out so we can enjoy large Smile lesley

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luckybry
luckybry e2 Member 4luckybry vcard Scotland
3 Jan 2011 - 4:52 PM

cracking landscape image
bryan

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derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 8:11 PM

I am quite stunned at the lack of votes this has got Michael. its superb
The composition, clarity, light and subdued tones are first class.

Derek

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michaelcombe
3 Jan 2011 - 9:30 PM

Thanks all, v. much appreciated (Derek - sent you a pm)

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