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Fire Breakers

By hwatt  
Traigh Mhor, Harris, Scotland

Traigh Mhor is my favourite Harris beach and is a great location for sunsets. On the evening we went down to the beach the waves were crashing and the wind was blowing lifting paricles of yellow sand to blow in pulsating ribbons across the beach. Then there was the light and oh my what light! I am rarely lost for words but it was so extraordinarily beautiful. The wind whipped the spray back off walls of turquoise breakers which turned to fire as the setting sun turned each and every droplet into fiery smoke. This is a horrible nightmare to expose but some how with speed, experience and good fortune I got something I am hugely proud of.

Pentax 67 II, 55-100 zoom, Fujichrome Velvia
0.9ND rev hard grad + 0.6ND soft grad into sand, f/27 at 1/2 second.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: zapar40, morpheus1955, bagman and 13 more

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zapar40 11 66 5 Wales
30 Sep 2011 9:55PM
stunning wave and colours, love this sort of light.
nice one, ant.
annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
30 Sep 2011 11:24PM
you got every right to be proud of this shot!
if I only knew where to get 120 developed these days....
1 Oct 2011 12:25AM
Quite simply a stunning image - so vibrant and wonderful..Jo
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
1 Oct 2011 8:03AM
Fantastic colours and a strong comp. Stunning.

MikeBonsall 15 474 3 Guernsey
2 Oct 2011 9:14PM
Congratulations! Many photographers when faced with such incredible light would get carried away and forget or ignore the more subtle aspects of composition. I love the way you have positioned the ridges in the sand to complement the wave and larger landscape.

A digital photographer could take multiple images to manage the extreme contrast range in a scene like this which would avoid things like the heavily darkened 'grad' sky. However would that produce a final image as magical, dramatic and beautiful as this? I somehow doubt it.

The fact that this has only racked up a dozen votes on a site where, often average, landscape images do well is beyond me. I just wish I could see this projected or printed.

hwatt 18 22 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2011 10:33AM
Thank you Mike. The projected image is like walking on the beach and feeling the sand between your toes it looks amazing as a medium format original projected on my old Rollei 6x6 (in camera dupe).

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