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Beach Steps - St Mildreds Bay,

By derekhansen
This is a 4 minute exposure with the 'Big Stopper' taken from the seafront promenade at St Mildreds Bay, Birchington, Kent

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AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 10:57AM
Love the tones Derek - great composition. Happy new year to you too!
Ann

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zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
31 Dec 2012 11:08AM
a good "still" image, all the best for 2013.
ant.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:12AM
Great textures, tones and symmetry here Derek - very effective minimal composition
Best wishes for a very Happy New Year and many thanks for your support and encouragement in 2012 SmileSmile
Helen
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
31 Dec 2012 11:42AM
Looks very calm Derek ( unlike what the coast is experiencing at the moment !!) Have a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2013 !!!
Ron.
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:50AM
A real beauty Derek, love it!
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:52AM
I think this type of image is very difficult to do well Derek, a reductive composition where you distill the elements of a landscape to an image that retains the essence and story but carries an air of mystery is somewhat of a holy grail for many of us! ....So it's no surprise that you have achieved this so brilliantly! Smile
Obviously the steely tones all harmonise nicely and the proportions of the image are very satisfying, I like the central placement of the steps down too. By not showing us the beach you really promote mystery and leave us to fill in the gaps ourselves. Is it a crowded beach, is it empty? It's hard to know what the weather is like with a long exposure though the FG looks a bit wet. I think it also speaks about journeys, departures, setting off into the unknown etc.
That's the measure of when this type of imagery really succeeds. It keeps you looking at a few well chosen and arranged elements for a long time and makes you think in depth as well. You've mixed artistic beauty that's timeless and speaks to us all with the intellectual side of modernism in art. Brilliant!
PS sorry for rambling on so much! Grin
Meheecho 4 275 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:56AM
Cracking image--well done
Steve
Greyheron 14 282 7 England
31 Dec 2012 12:15PM
A classic powerful Hanson image - I have a long photographic journey ahead of me... Grin

All the best for the New Year...

Mike
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 12:23PM

Quote:I think this type of image is very difficult to do well Derek, a reductive composition where you distill the elements of a landscape to an image that retains the essence and story but carries an air of mystery is somewhat of a holy grail for many of us! ....So it's no surprise that you have achieved this so brilliantly! Smile
Obviously the steely tones all harmonise nicely and the proportions of the image are very satisfying, I like the central placement of the steps down too. By not showing us the beach you really promote mystery and leave us to fill in the gaps ourselves. Is it a crowded beach, is it empty? It's hard to know what the weather is like with a long exposure though the FG looks a bit wet. I think it also speaks about journeys, departures, setting off into the unknown etc.
That's the measure of when this type of imagery really succeeds. It keeps you looking at a few well chosen and arranged elements for a long time and makes you think in depth as well. You've mixed artistic beauty that's timeless and speaks to us all with the intellectual side of modernism in art. Brilliant!
PS sorry for rambling on so much! Grin



You may call it rambling Alan but I have never heard anyone, including myself, complain about too much comment when its positive and constructive. I am really pleased you picked up on the mystery element as this was important when I composed the shot. I took a few images looking down the steps into the water but I dont think they work as well. I wanted the viewers eye to be led up to and down the steps using the railings only without knowing how far they descend or what lies at the bottom.
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 12:38PM
love this to bits derek a happy new year to you and yours all the best for 2013 Wink
andy
Jellyfire 4 41 4 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 1:13PM
I love this shot. The muted colours are beautiful and the steps disappearing into the ether add a real sense of narrative. Love it, excellent work. Pretty good image to end the year on!
Regards
Lee
31 Dec 2012 1:27PM
Superb image Derek, Alan summed it up better than I ever could and I agree with all his words, I also like the three distinct horizontal sections and the gritty textures and tones of the foreground contrasting with the smoothness of the sea and sky, great photography! Wishing you a happy new year Wink

Paul
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 1:30PM
Big, big thanks for the UA Lee. Very much appreciated.
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 1:45PM
In the eyes of an Ass the image would across somewhat simplistic in both form and composition, however looking through my eyes I see brilliance.

I hope that you have a Happy New, and that you continued to upload many more great photographs

Regards as always Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
31 Dec 2012 2:18PM
A wonderful capture. Draws one in. All the best in 2013.......Sandy
31 Dec 2012 4:14PM
Nothing to add other than congratulations. Beautifully conceived and executed.
Alun
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
31 Dec 2012 4:27PM
How can anyone follow Al's critique Tongue. The 4 minutes has worked its magic, Derek, the three segments have a lovely similarity in form broken by the hard lines of the railings.
As Alun says, beautifully conceived and executed.

All the best for 2013,

Dave
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
31 Dec 2012 5:48PM
I agree, how could you better Alan's words!
Derek, I've really enjoyed viewing your work this year, it's been inspirational and I look forward to seeing more in 2013!

Wishing you and your family all the best for the New Year Smile

Sarah *
martin.w 14 446 22 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 7:09PM
Works very well for me Derek....all the best for 2013 Wink
chris-p Plus
11 65 England
1 Jan 2013 1:04AM
It works Smile
MarkBauer 6 127 1
1 Jan 2013 9:22AM
Great composition... very atmospheric.
fazzer Plus
7 54 7 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 10:02AM
Class shot Derek,have a brill 2013 Smile
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 12:48PM
Many thanks to everyone for the clicks and comments.

Thank you for the EC Pete. A really nice surprise on New Years Day.
abstracts 5 1 1
1 Jan 2013 1:55PM
Great minimal image. Just a pity that sign wasn't cloned out.
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 1:59PM

Quote:Great minimal image. Just a pity that sign wasn't cloned out.


I know what you mean but I just hate cloning.
Congratulations on the EC Derek, well deserved
Clive
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
1 Jan 2013 6:31PM
Well done.
Need a bit of advice from you, as last I did something that long exposure, my photos were so noisy that I couldn't use them at all.
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 8:04PM

Quote:Well done.
Need a bit of advice from you, as last I did something that long exposure, my photos were so noisy that I couldn't use them at all.



I will PM you with some thoughts.
wolfy 12 36 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 10:50AM
Brilliant LE Derek! Superb comp and mood captured here. Congrats on the EC All the best for 2013 Smile
2 Jan 2013 5:54PM
Superb, Derek. All the best for the new year.
h4rsx 6 17 5 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 11:33AM
Once again a simple but very effective composition. The LE has given just the right amount of abstract feel. Just goes to show what you can get on a day like that with the right imagination and skill. Wink

Ps. I quite like the sign, as it breaks the symmetry somewhat. Hoarses for coarses I guess.
Morgs 8 20 62 Wales
3 Jan 2013 4:07PM
Stunning long exposure. Simple yet so, so effective. I had already thought to myself that to keep the symmetry I'd clone the sign and I see that others have argued for and against such an act!!!!
Either way, it doesn't detract from a powerful image.

Dave
The long exposure has added a great drama to this simple scene.

Dougie
martspic66 3 2 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 10:02PM
Great image, simple, to-the-point and well executed.
martinl 13 266 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2013 1:52PM
Great shot Derek and well worth the EC.

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