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Before going into the blurb..

I was hoping to process a few images and catch up, but my wife & daughter are caught up in the travel chaos, so I'm trying to get insurance sorted for their extended stay, looking at coaches, trains ferrys etc, my daughter is in a bit of a state with the worry.

Whilst my wife & daughter were away I've been traveling a lot this week (before the problems), and its given me some great photo opportunities. Ive also tried a few different things, this been one.

This is something I've been practicing for a while, but this is the first one I'm happy with.

It was also the hardest set up I've ever had. In Staithes beck in pitch blackness, trying to focus wide open with a long lens, then getting the flash settings right trying not to trip over the ropes.

What I like (and I know not everyone will) is the bokeh and the shallow depth of field, this is exactly how I envisaged it. Very much as in camera - only a slight crop. (which I couldn't get round as I didn't want to get my feet any wetter than they already were).

The influence for this came from 2 EPZ members, one for the brilliant original from Martin.w(still one of my favorite EPZ images). Another came from an epz member asking me to look at some work on a.n.other site where strobist work is more prevalent.

Please look at the large version to get the full benefit of the DOF I was trying to achieve

Tech Details
FL = 135mm
Ap= F4
Shutter Speed= 15 sec
SB900 Camera right @14mm with diffuser at 1/16 power (rear curtain)

Oh and if your interested North is to the left, for fun let me know how you can tell. One of the reasons I uploaded the colour version first.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 100-300 f4 EX
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Last Post ...
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:18 Apr 2010 - 1:32 PM
Tags:Beck, Flash / lighting, Landscape / travel, Low light, Night / low light, Ropes, Sb 900, Staithes, Strobes, Strobist
Votes:88
Group Event:Group: Strobist

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chrisvannamen
18 Apr 2010 - 1:48 PM

I like it but don't know why Smile Nice detail and DOF.

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paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 1:51 PM

The DOF has worked to perfection here. You can "see" the bg subject so you get an idea of whats going on back there and then the post ignites a totally new image. Excellent. Paul

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Jalapeno  4127 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 2:10 PM

The DOF is...as stated above...wonderful!

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Daffy1  6336 forum posts Ireland
18 Apr 2010 - 2:37 PM

Moss on pole . Damian

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73846 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 2:40 PM

Yep Damian (well strictly Algae)

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 3:28 PM

I think the dof, the composition and the light are all perfect - a superb image Nick, shortlisted! Love the title too Smile

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18 Apr 2010 - 3:39 PM

Love the detail and texture of the rope works really well.
Bob

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chazcherry
18 Apr 2010 - 4:31 PM

Superb shot, so well thought out. Very well done. Chaz.

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MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 4:35 PM

Works well, Nick Smile

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Niknut e2 Member 4551 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 5:34 PM

Very effective image, with a near 3D feel to it, & great colours...welldone !

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JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
18 Apr 2010 - 5:35 PM

fabulous...............

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colin63
colin63  6 England
18 Apr 2010 - 5:43 PM

I love this, superb image

DOf spot on

Colin

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Nick_w e2 Member 73846 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 5:59 PM

Thanks everyone

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Les_G  7148 forum posts Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 6:03 PM

super image.

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User_Removed
18 Apr 2010 - 6:05 PM

this is a really top shot Nick, you have obviously spent sometime thinking about this and setting it up. I remember you mentioning that you wanted to use a strobe in your landscapes and this has worked a treat. Top stuff mate

rgds
Dave

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Nick_w e2 Member 73846 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 6:12 PM

Cheers Dave, TBH I've done quite a few but none have made the grade till this week, when hopefully I will be uploading a few, tho this is the only one I think with the long lens, getting the balance right is the hardest bit - particularly as the CLS doesn't work too well with filters and high contrast scenes. I've ended up with ebay triggers and doing everything manually.

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18 Apr 2010 - 6:46 PM

Agree...its top shot

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jeronius e2 Member 5jeronius vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 7:10 PM

Works really well this shot.
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TonyFrith
TonyFrith  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 7:11 PM

Like the whole shot good DOF ,moss or alge on the pole
Tony

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DaveMead
DaveMead  5 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 7:35 PM

I like this a lot. Smile
Dave

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madbilly
madbilly  5 England4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 7:43 PM

You've obviously thought about and planned this shot and its payed off well. The detail in the post is superb and the addition of the bg subtley out of focus just adds to the image no end. Well done on this and sorry to hear about your troubles too. PS, no idea why north is to the left !

regards

Bill

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dp  10163 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 8:34 PM

Well, well worth the effort. A great image Nick. And do I win a prize for guessing its because there is light on the front right of the post caused by the setting sun in the west?

Dave

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Nick_w e2 Member 73846 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 8:39 PM

Sorry Dave, The light on the post was caused by my flash gun. The sun had long since disappeared. No its the Algae on the LHS of the post.
Cheers everyone for all the kind words.

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18 Apr 2010 - 9:50 PM

Ohh should have known that! Nice shot again Nick.

Dave

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DiegoDesigns
18 Apr 2010 - 9:56 PM

A first-class result, well constructed and executed... Dave

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18 Apr 2010 - 10:36 PM

Thanks for the UA Dave

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HectorRivera
18 Apr 2010 - 10:37 PM

Very nice

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19 Apr 2010 - 10:56 AM

Congrat's Nick - HC well deserved Smile

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JohnParminter
19 Apr 2010 - 11:07 AM

Like it a lot Nick, wonder if you considered a post where the rope was connecting a distant boat, may not have been possible but could work as well.

JP

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19 Apr 2010 - 12:03 PM

Congrats on the badge Nick

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Nick_w e2 Member 73846 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2010 - 1:48 PM

Wow wasn't expecting that, thanks Pete Smile

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Nick_w e2 Member 73846 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2010 - 5:04 PM

John couldn't reply properly earlier as I was at work. I tried getting one fron the post the boat was attached to, but the composition didn't work die to the angle of the boat. I was restricted bybthe stream - the left tripod leg was in the fast running water, it was very dark so composing and getting focus was extremely difficult. I will have a look at the other raw to see if it works.

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19 Apr 2010 - 7:35 PM

Beautiful light on the background boat Nick. I was hoping for somehting similar when I went to Staithes earlier this year, but the tide was well up in the creek, and couldn't get anywhere near this post.
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Fabulous image Nick

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20 Apr 2010 - 3:42 PM

very slick, nick Smile

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20 Apr 2010 - 4:02 PM

Thanks everyone. Martin I had to wait till after dark for the tide to recede enough, hence the flash. If it had been light I would have tried a few hand held and cranked up the iso.

Cheers Ade just trying a different slant on a classic

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20 Apr 2010 - 7:33 PM

Cracking detail and lighting, Nick, superb.
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dathersmith
20 Apr 2010 - 8:10 PM

Nick, this is superb. Well thought out and executed, definately one for the wall.

Darren.

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Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 3:06 PM

Looked at the mono first...this is by far the better image in my view.Suberb.
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21 Apr 2010 - 7:15 PM

Very well executed Nick. Congrats on the HC.

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Rob_Taylor  10659 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 8:02 PM

I think this is fantastic, well planned and superbly executed.
Gets my award

Rob

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2 May 2010 - 10:22 AM

Nick this is without a doubt a fabulous image.

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Strobe  71254 forum posts United States
5 May 2010 - 9:20 PM

This is stunning

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Bonico  4 Romania
7 Jul 2010 - 2:33 PM

Good job and nice colors & light!
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