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From the beach

By Ukulele_Lady
Unless I am borrowing the kit of a keen friend of mine, at the moment I usually only have the use of my compact camera. I bought it about 5 years ago and it has been shamefully underused until now. In fact I'm surprised it wasn't stuck on Auto, as it's only in recent times I've been reading the manual and trying to get better acquainted with it. This is something I took yesterday at Porlock Weir, Somerset showing Hurlstone Point in the distance. The pebbles on the beach there are generally shades of purple which is very attractive, other than that I have tried some fancy stuff with it ie hdr and the Orton effect.

Thanks for looking,

Tags: Beach Somerset Digitally manipulated Porlock weir Landscape and travel Hurlstone point

Voters: leons29, Nettles, SueEley and 8 more

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leons29 14 South Africa
3 Feb 2008 2:12PM
Very good work, like it a lot. Got a very arty look and feel to it
SueEley 16 279 96 Wales
3 Feb 2008 3:36PM
The hdr and Orton have paid off, I think, and your composition is great. Bit of a halo.... fixable? Though maybe it is a good thing. Not sure. A faded halo would be better for me.
3 Feb 2008 5:35PM
Thanks for your comments. Sue - I do quite like the halo but as a beginner any fancy stuff I do is kind of 'post-processing-by-numbers' ie not terribly skilled/controlled so it will be interesting to follow your suggestion up and I will see how I could adjust/fix the halo.

4 Feb 2008 1:17PM
Hello - interesting effects. I like the colours - the purple of the pebbles seems to be matched in the cliffs behind.

I've formally applied for redundancy now...just waiting to hear what they say. In the meantime, I have bought myself an early birthday present of a Canon EOS 300D...which I can't really afford, especially if made redundant. Ooopsie! Smile Maybe I'll be able to sell a few prints and cover the cost...
4 Feb 2008 5:32PM
Hey good for you Susannah, buying that camera! If you are made redundant at least you can amuse yourself in style lol. I look forward to seeing your future photos.
Lovely view, and very interesting effect, nicely captured.
bayleaf 14 8 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2008 6:27PM
Yes I recognised the Orton Effect immediately. Nice composition and like your choice of foreground Smile

Sezz 17 619 15 England
6 Feb 2008 12:01AM
Suse, a lovely composition that works well, I like the post placed boldly in the foreground. Interesting textures on the woodwork too. The colours of the pebbles are attractive and reminded me of times past spent at Porlock Weir. I am familiar with both hdr and the Orton effect, but think in this instance perhaps not used both together. It's just that the haloing is a little too much in my opinion, just trying to be constructive and I'm impressed with the use of your compact!

Sarah *
nasia 14 Greece
6 Feb 2008 12:26AM
Nice one!!

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