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Auchmithie beach

By billmyl
Another image from the beach at Auchmithie. The sun never quite broke through so light was quite muted.
I was not sure how to crop this so kept it more or less as shot.

Tags: Beach Sea cliffs Landscape and travel Auchmithie

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7 Jan 2014 1:22AM
Great atmospheric picture, well composed!

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lenocm 4 3 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2014 8:49AM
Methinks another visit to Auchmithie is needed when (if) we ever get another nice day. Smile

paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2014 9:04AM
Decent pictorial record, but not a lot there for me. Mainly a huge rock. This one needed something else as a focal point, my figure that i so often want, maybe silhouetted in a suitable spot. I wonder why you chose f16 and a slow shutter speed. I would have gone f5.6 and focused on the foreground rock to give some fall off in the background.

billmyl Plus
4 168 1 Scotland
7 Jan 2014 9:26AM
Thanks iosatel, Mike and Paul for your comments.
Paul I was trying to highlight the strange shape of the foreground rock and also take in the view of the cliffs stretching into the distance. When I look at the image now I can see it looks rather compressed and as you suggest I may have been better to use f5.6 and focus on the foreground rock. Still all part of my learning experience and once again appreciate your helpful input.



PS I shall try your suggestion next time I am down that way.
banehawi 13 1.7k 3747 Canada
7 Jan 2014 2:01PM
Youve captured some subtle light in this one Billy. True, there isnt that one focal point that could take it to a different levele, but the combination of the tones, the tilted rock, like an old woman looking out to sea work well enough.

Re the crop, - I think it needs more space added to the top, enough to lift the horizon to a third. Ive uploaded a mod with this done, along with some contrast tweaks.

F/16 does work, and the point is that a smaller aperture can work also, with the added advantage of using the sharper range of the lens. The dof will depend on how far you are from the subject. Assuming 30 feet:

Using f/16, the area in front of the subject thats apparently in focus, will start at 18 feet, if you focus at about 20 feet away; at f/5.6 the point in front of the subject will be sharp at 10 feet; and at f/8. it will be 12 feet.

Neither f/8 or f/5.6 though would extend to infinity, - this will only start at f/11. So if this distance to subject is about right, f/11 would serve you better, being sharper edge to edge that f/16.

Use the attached calculator to figure this out. A shorter focal length of course increases the dof. Calculator:

To add space at the top, add canvas and fill with the existing sky.


banehawi 13 1.7k 3747 Canada
7 Jan 2014 2:16PM
Just noticed, if you have a Smartphone, theres an app you can download so you can carry this calculator with you.

billmyl Plus
4 168 1 Scotland
7 Jan 2014 6:36PM
Thanks Willie for your very informative critique. I have downloaded the app to my phone. Up till now I tended to focus approximately one third of the way into the image. Also I shall now take into account that f11 will serve me better for my shots. I have altered my original according to your mods and it does look better.


dark_lord Plus
13 2.0k 460 England
7 Jan 2014 7:50PM
One of those cases where you've got your location and viewpoing and the light doesn't quite play ball.
If it's (realtively) local to you at least you can pay regular visits, you'll always be after the shot no matter how many good ones you get.

billmyl Plus
4 168 1 Scotland
7 Jan 2014 8:02PM
Thanks Keith for your comment. You are spot on I go there thinking this time the light will be right. So far it has been overcast whether at sunrise or sunset. One of those days!!! Luckily its not too far away.



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