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Sometimes you have to work with what nature provides. So whilst on holiday in Devon a couple of weeks ago, I had to accept that photographing this iconic location during the 'golden hour' at the end of the day wouldn't be possible because that time of day coincided with a high tide which would have cut off my retreat from the beach.
To catch the tide running up to the rocks whilst allowing me time to get away safely meant I had to be in position around 6PM. At this time and looking straight toward the sun (although its out of the frame) meant having to use a 3 stop soft ND grad plus a 1 stop hard ND grad to equalize exposure between the rocks and the sky.I also used a polarizing filter to cut down reflections. Still I am not unhappy with the result but please let me know what you think.
Derek

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Hartland Quay
Username:derekhansen derekhansen
Uploaded:8 Jul 2012 - 12:39 PM
Tags:Devon, General, Hartland quay, Landscape / travel
Votes:52

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 12:58 PM

i love it. another for my shortlist. hows lesley getting on with the G12?
lesley

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Humblebee
Humblebee  2 England
8 Jul 2012 - 1:00 PM

A very dramatic capture, colours are good - I am not usually a lover of the use of ND filters, but have to say it has worked well in this instance ... Carol Smile

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 1:01 PM

Great landscape and exposure.
Matt

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 1:23 PM


Quote: I love it. another for my shortlist. hows lesley getting on with the G12?
lesley

Thanks Lesley. Mrs H is getting some nice shots with the G12

Take a look http://www.ephotozine.com/user/boohansen-199565

Last Modified By derekhansen at 8 Jul 2012 - 1:28 PM

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Anna_W
Anna_W  2 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 1:45 PM

The light on the foreground rocks is gorgeous, especially where it's reflecting off the wet areas, and the detail is (as always Smile) excellent. I like the way you've recorded movement in the water whilst still retaining texture. A cracking image Derek.
Regards
Anna

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 3:28 PM

The composition is good, the sky is excellent, and I like the movement in the water, Derek. Interestingly, Mark (marktc) has uploaded a few from this place and the background rocks seemed to be over-sharpened against the sky, as they do a bit here. I guess now that that may be the lighting conditions and I'm doing you both a disservice.

Dave

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 3:37 PM


Quote: The composition is good, the sky is excellent, and I like the movement in the water, Derek. Interestingly, Mark (marktc) has uploaded a few from this place and the background rocks seemed to be over-sharpened against the sky, as they do a bit here. I guess now that that may be the lighting conditions and I'm doing you both a disservice.

Dave

Thanks Dave. I did blur the edges of the horizon rocks after sharpening, but perhaps not enough. Perhaps others could comment.
Derek

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clive burrow
clive burrow e2 Member 1071 forum postsclive burrow vcard United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 - 3:39 PM

It certainley works for me Derek, bet this would also be good as one of your mono conversions Wink
Clive

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 4:08 PM


Quote: It certainley works for me Derek, bet this would also be good as one of your mono conversions Wink
Clive

I had a quick play around with Mono as I was processing this Clive. I think it would work well.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 4:27 PM

There's a jagged feel to this in the sky, distant rocks and the markings on the foreground rocks and it all works well together in my opinion. I think it is a scene that could easily look over sharpened but you have balanced it well with the soft capture of the water - well taken Derek SmileSmile
Helen

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rontear
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8 Jul 2012 - 5:29 PM

Dangerous work Derek, got the result !
Ron.

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 5:59 PM

Working with the elements you've done a good job Derek, testing times eh


LesF

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SWMahy
SWMahy e2 Member 6SWMahy vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 6:04 PM

Got to admit I wasn't too keen on this when I saw the thumbnail -- it looked to me like you'd lifted the shadows too far in the foreground for my tastes. However, seeing the full-size image and seeing that it's taken in relatively strong light I've completely changed my mind! I think you've produced a nice natural looking image, and a welcome variation on the more common sunset style photo form this location.

Steve.

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 6:37 PM

under such conditions this works a treat for me, some lovely colours have been picked up and the lead in is superb

Linda

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 7:49 PM

love the comp derek brilliant detail and colour a stunner nice one Wink
andy

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 10:23 PM

beautiful capture, lovely foreground, i too have had the problem with either over shapened horizon or too soft but you have got it perfect here. i've still to show mine from this angle.
nice one.
ant.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2012 - 12:25 AM

I think you've worked this well Derek, especially with the difficult circumstances you described -looks sharp in all the right places to me and the light controlled perfectly!

Sarah *

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2012 - 7:27 AM

nicely done Derek.
regards
Yung

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martinl
martinl e2 Member 10249 forum postsmartinl vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2012 - 9:22 AM

works well for me Derek, and must admit that the horizon doesn't give me any issues at all.
Smile

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2012 - 11:27 AM

Many thanks everyone and a big thankyou to Yung for his UA. Very much appreciated.
Derek

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2012 - 11:49 AM

A well crafted image against all the odds Derek, your skill at the use of filters and timing shine out of this one. Always better to be safe with the sea, we are no adversary for the might of the ocean.

Dougie

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derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2012 - 12:27 PM


Quote: A well crafted image against all the odds Derek, your skill at the use of filters and timing shine out of this one. Always better to be safe with the sea, we are no adversary for the might of the ocean.

Dougie

Indeed it would be very easy to get caught by the tide as their is a single exit/entrance on to the beach surrounded by high cliffs. In fact while we were there a local told us that Alan Tichmarsh had been making a programme last year and the whole crew ended up making a very hasty retreat because they misjudged the tide

Derek

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 3:48 PM

Well worked with this location Derek, like the details and tones in those foreground rocks
Regards Richard

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
14 Jul 2012 - 9:28 AM

SUPERB 10*****
Cor.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2830 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 9:50 PM

Look fine to me. A very sharp contrast on an edge, - like those rocks, can have a slight halo, - its normal, and nothing to do with oversharpening.



W

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 8:41 AM

Catching the tide there is rather tricky Derek, you did well with this shot but then it's not always about sunsets and sunrises.

Great work as usual.

Ian

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wolfy
wolfy  1036 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 - 11:01 PM

Wonderful shot considering the time you had! I know what you mean about that time, as its quite a hike round there and a long way back with an incoming tide!! I was lucky as the 2nd time I came here I had the tide going out, so was chasing it down through all those rocks!

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