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One of the many lines of posts that appear and disappear with the tide at Mersea Island, Essex.

Rather than go for the shot of the posts going out to sea, I decided to show them from the sea heading towards the beach.

In the background you can see the cliffs these posts were meant to protect from the erosion by the sea. However you can also see a couple of large trees that have fallen onto the beach from the cliffs.

The posts are the remains of bushwood fences that were installed on the mudflats in 1989 and are referred to as Polders in a tourist leaflet I picked up on the day.

Converted to mono in photoshop using channel mixer and then played around with the dodge/burn tools.

Thanks for looking,any comments welcomed.

Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:sigma 10-20mm
Recording media:raw @ 100
Title:Matchmakers
Username:clive burrow clive burrow
Uploaded:20 Jan 2007 - 3:48 PM
Tags:Black & white, Costal, Essex, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Mersea island, Seascape
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Androo
Androo  7 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2007 - 3:55 PM

Hey Clive,

Great, great shot. Brilliant sky and water, the posts provide a fantastic lead in to the shot.
I always wonder how people find these kinds of shots, i am jealous!

Androo.

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bmx_bandit
20 Jan 2007 - 3:57 PM

Very nice shot. Nice long shutterspeed to flatten the water and great composition.

Smile

Simon

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9884 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2007 - 3:58 PM

Fantastic shot Clive great in B/W the post give a very good lead in good descripion too
Neil

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JouŠo
JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
20 Jan 2007 - 4:01 PM

superb work, Clive!

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wamp  8276 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2007 - 4:10 PM

Nice comp, the sky looks very nice

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2007 - 4:19 PM

Excellent perspective and the composition is totally wonderful!!!!!

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Duncan_E
Duncan_E  7199 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2007 - 4:37 PM

Despite the fact that the posts cut the picture in half, it's been done with such skill that this is one of those circumstances where you can break the rules and succeed. The effort of shooting from the water has paid off, as has the Photoshop work - great stuff.

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Elisabeth  7 Germany
20 Jan 2007 - 4:48 PM

Great composition in this photo! I love the toning too!
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Jennie277  7
20 Jan 2007 - 5:00 PM

Wonderful sky, and interesting to see this shot from the sea to inland.
Jennie

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lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014128 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2007 - 5:05 PM

Makes you wonder why they needed fences in the sea!

Good one.
Chris

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exposure e2 Member 101311 forum postsexposure vcard England
20 Jan 2007 - 6:18 PM

A Beautiful exposure lovely light and tones and a lovely composition.
Pauline.

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TheLizard
TheLizard  8 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2007 - 6:23 PM

Fab shot.

Lucy

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2007 - 6:34 PM

This is excellent, Clive. The conversion adds enormous impact, and your decision to place the posts against the cliffs which they're supposed to protect is inspired. We were down there again today. No joy, I'm afraid.

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MalcolmS e2 Member 91069 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2007 - 6:58 PM

Have an RC on me Clive, looks great in B&W and nice to see a bit of original thought

Malcolm

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argh22  8 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2007 - 7:18 PM

Woah! Amazing shot.
Anna

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315207 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2007 - 9:00 PM

Lovely mono work

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mulligansmaster

Beautifully soft and very effectove, click, Mac

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clive burrow e2 Member 1071 forum postsclive burrow vcard United Kingdom
21 Jan 2007 - 5:09 AM

Many thanks for all the comments, all much appreciated.

Clive

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BertC
BertC  729 forum posts Malta
21 Jan 2007 - 8:52 AM

Stunning mono work Clive ... superb composition, tone & lighting. Great lead in & mood too.
Bravo !
Bert

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phototime  8 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2007 - 3:50 PM

Stunning B&W image,great work here.


Mo.

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tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2007 - 6:33 PM

Good editing work Clive
Love the title

Adrian

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glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2007 - 11:19 PM

Wow, dynamite shot, the sky patterns have the twilight zone feel and really give the fence poles support in standing out! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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Gaz_H  8150 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2007 - 9:59 PM

Lovely mono clive - I can see you're still playing in your mud Grin

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Hawkgenes  9 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2007 - 7:11 PM

A fine composition for b & W.

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thewaiter  121177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 3:00 PM

lovely image, great B+W toning

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