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I visited the Giants Causeway at dawn a few days ago to find it completely shrouded in sea mist. I was about to leave when a glimmer of light pierced through the clouds. My intent was to capture a view out towards the Atlantic but the sea mist put paid to that. Instead I turned the camera back inland and took 5 separate exposures 1 stop apart which were combined to make this shot. I used a .6 Lee soft Grad to hold the brighter areas of the sky.

Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:sigma 10/20
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Steps to the sun
Username:bayliner185 bayliner185
Uploaded:21 Feb 2010 - 3:53 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 3:56 PM

Maybe over-processed for some tastes, but I think it works well with the subject matter here. Gives the shot a certain mystical quality.

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MrsS
MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 4:06 PM

Super viewpoint have to say I do like it Smile

Fran x

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peterellison
21 Feb 2010 - 4:08 PM

Excellent image!
Peter.

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Imagephotographics

Lovely image - well done

Chris

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  51432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 4:45 PM

A very moody landscape. Very nicely controlled processing. Andy

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 4:52 PM

Mood-a-plenty. Processing works well for me.

Paul

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youngwooly
21 Feb 2010 - 4:53 PM

Large is definitely worth a visit

Mark

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bayliner185
bayliner185 e2 Member 7bayliner185 vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 5:22 PM

Cheers folks, I am aware that the processing has been pushed towards the limits of what is considered by many to be OTT. However in this case it has created a moody, almost surreal effect which is exactly what I was after.

Jim

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 6:31 PM

I like the processing - it adds to the mood and atmosphere.
Fraser

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chris-p
chris-p e2 Member 864 forum postschris-p vcard England
21 Feb 2010 - 7:25 PM

Very evocative and oozes mood...

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Mayfly
Mayfly  8485 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 7:36 PM

Not quite sure what post processing you have applied but it is top notch. Works a terat on this image. Have my award - one of the best images I have seen for a while Smile

Cheers,

Andy

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JouŠo
JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
21 Feb 2010 - 8:18 PM

Stunning work!

Jouko

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bayliner185
bayliner185 e2 Member 7bayliner185 vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 11:31 PM

Cheers Pete and Andy, the awards are greatly appreciated.

Jim

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tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2010 - 2:56 PM

Stunning work Jim. I love the atmosphere in this one. Congratulations on the HC too!
Ted

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2010 - 5:02 PM

caught this as the e2 feature, think the processing suits this image. congrats on the HC.lesley

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Codiac
Codiac  7307 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2010 - 12:23 AM

Missed this one, really amazing, agree with dave that your processing really adds to the mystical feel.

Gary

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wasper
wasper e2 Member 8532 forum postswasper vcard Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2010 - 6:38 PM

Well done Jim. When this place is not covered in bad weather I'm sure it can very rewarding.

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