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Sand of Time

By debster  
I'm still very much learning where different light levels are concerned, although I hope it's something I can grasp quite quickly.

Taken as the sun was setting at Bournemouth Pier - not very exciting I know but comments would be greatly appreciated.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: ScottRobertson, damianlinley, liparig and 20 more

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7 Apr 2005 10:38AM
What a great shot, the colours in the sky are outstanding!


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damianlinley 13 10
7 Apr 2005 10:39AM
Stunning work. Not very exciting? now come on, when you've been waiting for the sun to set and you know the light's changing every second you must get a buzz when it comes out as good as this.

Maybe I just need to get out more Smile

liparig 13 233 United States
7 Apr 2005 10:42AM
nice pic, well composed
Pete_g 12 327 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 10:48AM
Great colours and texture in this one.

katieb 13 255 4 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 10:48AM
What do you mean not very exciting, thats a stunning sky and i love the reflection in the water, My only crit is - if I had taken the pic I would have had less sand and more watery reflectons but that is just me. What settings and filters did you use. Well done Debbie.
debster 13 693 3 England
7 Apr 2005 10:51AM
Thanks everyone. I just thought everyone would be fed up with beaches, piers and sunsets but unfortunately it's all Bournemouth beach consists of.

Katie, I have some others with more water and less sand but the sky was at it's peak in this one. I used an f22 setting (I haven't yet chanced my luck setting aperture AND shutter speed!) with just the polariser. The ones where I used the grads weren't quite so successful!

Thanks again to everyone.

evelen 12 5 England
7 Apr 2005 10:52AM
great shot lovely sunset.
Dinda 13 90 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 10:54AM
This is a lovely imaage Deb. What a sky! I think it's really exciting!
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
7 Apr 2005 11:10AM
Wow! Fantastic shot, Debbie!
Fabulous colours.
One of your best! IMHO!

kit-monster Plus
14 3.7k 2 Singapore
7 Apr 2005 11:39AM
Very nice! Love thouse colours.

helendixon 14 30 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 11:48AM
That's a fantastic sky, the only thing I would change is the composition, just a bit nearer to the sea to catch that wonderful sky as reflections in the sea.

jasonewell 13 34 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 12:28PM
Beautiful colours, great presentation.
Westers 13 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
7 Apr 2005 1:35PM
Could see this on a postcard - it's a great shot.

The reason your grad shots didn't come out well is because you're shooting in Aperture mode. In that mode the camera is metering the scene every time you press the button. If you put a grad on the lens then this will make the sky darker (intentionally) but the camera meter will try and compensate for this by adding extra time to the shutter speed to allow more light in.

Only way arround that is to shoot in manual mode. If you want an explanation I can write one here but I'm sure there are good ones in the technique section.

I'd also experiment during the day when the light isn't changing so quickly, that way it gives you more time to stop and think about stop differences between the sky and land and what grads to use.

debster 13 693 3 England
7 Apr 2005 1:45PM
Ian, thank you very much for the explanation! It's all still very new to me and I'm still having problems working out when to use what. I've only recently started using the camera on any manual setting so I guess I just need to take my time, keep practising and read a lot more....

Thanks again, and to everyone for their kind comments.

johnjrp 13 432 5 Australia
8 Apr 2005 3:59AM
Hi Deb. This is a great composition. Did you use PS or other software to change the colours. It looks a bit over saturated. Are you using a polarising filter? I think you just need to practice on the light metering. I always meter the sky. Do you bracket your shots. I do on every thing I take. I'm certainly no expert, but happy to see what methods you are using, to see if they can be improved. click. John
8 Apr 2005 4:29AM
well done debs this is a cracker welldone are you keeping ok? cheers
debster 13 693 3 England
8 Apr 2005 4:39AM
Thank you John and Phil.

John, I use PSP8 as my software but my knowledge of it is very limited and I tend to use it just to sharpen and crop. I hardly ever make any adjustments to my photos, simply because I don't know how!!

I used a polariser for this one - I did bracket my shots. It was actually the very first time I'd used the bracketing feature and I was very pleased with the otcome.

Metering and working out appropriate shutter speeds is next on my agenda!

Thanks again,
johnjrp 13 432 5 Australia
8 Apr 2005 5:13AM
Hi Deb

Here are some site that have great tutorials. Hope you find them useful.

Deb - this technique I use a lot -

owp 13 168
8 Apr 2005 5:39AM
. . . I'm with @katieb . . little less sand .....more fantastic sky! - Great shot all the same, have fun with the kit this w/end

ps thanks to @johnjrp for the links . . I can use some tutoring also

debster 13 693 3 England
8 Apr 2005 6:16AM
Thanks John - I'm at work at the moment so only had chance to have a very quick look - can see I'm going to be busy!

Thanks again,
mikears 13 89 Canada
8 Apr 2005 8:35AM
I like it - it has very nice colour, and very interesting pattern in the right part of the sky - I might have done away with a little less beach though!

discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2005 9:14AM
I also think a panoramic crop may have better suited this photo, but I can't fault the exposure. That sky's intense.

shidee 13 9
10 Apr 2005 12:31AM
Excellentt capture, well done.
15 Apr 2005 10:12PM
Caught this as a thumbnail, stunning sky for sure!!! Luv the colours....Click!!
Suzan Smile

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