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By clive burrow
One of the many lines of posts that appear and disappear with the tide at Mersea Island, Essex.

Rather than go for the shot of the posts going out to sea, I decided to show them from the sea heading towards the beach.

In the background you can see the cliffs these posts were meant to protect from the erosion by the sea. However you can also see a couple of large trees that have fallen onto the beach from the cliffs.

The posts are the remains of bushwood fences that were installed on the mudflats in 1989 and are referred to as Polders in a tourist leaflet I picked up on the day.

Converted to mono in photoshop using channel mixer and then played around with the dodge/burn tools.

Thanks for looking,any comments welcomed.

Tags: Landscape Seascape Essex Black and white Mersea island Landscape and travel Costal

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Comments


Androo 10 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2007 3:55PM
Hey Clive,

Great, great shot. Brilliant sky and water, the posts provide a fantastic lead in to the shot.
I always wonder how people find these kinds of shots, i am jealous!

Androo.

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bmx_bandit 11 56
20 Jan 2007 3:57PM
Very nice shot. Nice long shutterspeed to flatten the water and great composition.

Smile

Simon
cantona43 Plus
12 924 4 England
20 Jan 2007 3:58PM
Fantastic shot Clive great in B/W the post give a very good lead in good descripion too
Neil
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
20 Jan 2007 4:01PM
superb work, Clive!

Jouko
wamp 11 276 8 England
20 Jan 2007 4:10PM
Nice comp, the sky looks very nice

Sean
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
20 Jan 2007 4:19PM
Excellent perspective and the composition is totally wonderful!!!!!
Duncan_E 10 201 3 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2007 4:37PM
Despite the fact that the posts cut the picture in half, it's been done with such skill that this is one of those circumstances where you can break the rules and succeed. The effort of shooting from the water has paid off, as has the Photoshop work - great stuff.
20 Jan 2007 4:48PM
Great composition in this photo! I love the toning too!
Elisabeth
20 Jan 2007 5:00PM
Wonderful sky, and interesting to see this shot from the sea to inland.
Jennie
lobsterboy 13 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2007 5:05PM
Makes you wonder why they needed fences in the sea!

Good one.
Chris
exposure Plus
13 5.0k England
20 Jan 2007 6:18PM
A Beautiful exposure lovely light and tones and a lovely composition.
Pauline.
TheLizard 11 15 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2007 6:23PM
Fab shot.

Lucy
IanFlindt 12 740 21 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2007 6:34PM
This is excellent, Clive. The conversion adds enormous impact, and your decision to place the posts against the cliffs which they're supposed to protect is inspired. We were down there again today. No joy, I'm afraid.
MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
20 Jan 2007 6:58PM
Have an RC on me Clive, looks great in B&W and nice to see a bit of original thought

Malcolm
argh22 11 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2007 7:18PM
Woah! Amazing shot.
Anna
Paul Morgan 16 18.8k 6 England
20 Jan 2007 9:00PM
Lovely mono work
20 Jan 2007 9:45PM
Beautifully soft and very effectove, click, Mac
21 Jan 2007 5:09AM
Many thanks for all the comments, all much appreciated.

Clive
BertC 11 29 Malta
21 Jan 2007 8:52AM
Stunning mono work Clive ... superb composition, tone & lighting. Great lead in & mood too.
Bravo !
Bert
phototime 11 8 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2007 3:50PM
Stunning B&W image,great work here.


Mo.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2007 6:33PM
Good editing work Clive
Love the title

Adrian
glazzaro 12 70 23 United States
22 Jan 2007 11:19PM
Wow, dynamite shot, the sky patterns have the twilight zone feel and really give the fence poles support in standing out! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg
Gaz_H 11 150 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2007 9:59PM
Lovely mono clive - I can see you're still playing in your mud Grin
Hawkgenes 12 10 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2007 7:11PM
A fine composition for b & W.

Hawk
thewaiter Plus
15 1.2k 9 England
19 Oct 2007 3:00PM
lovely image, great B+W toning

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