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Seacliff Harbour

By discreetphoton  
Seeing as we're going to be getting snow again over the next couple of nights, my plans for a star trail/ waterfall night shot for the Critique Buddy group is going to have to wait. Luckily, I did have a contingency plan. I went to play about with a new high-powered torch that I actually bought for light-painting goldfish Wink

I used the torch to light the inside of the harbour, trying to lift the tones a bit. I was fighting the sunrise though, so the exposure time was limited to thirty seconds (I would have liked a couple of minutes). Kind of wish I'd used the flashgun as well though, just to sharpen up the boat.

Couple of notes about the location, this is supposedly Scotland's smallest harbour, with an entrance just 2m wide.

Tags: General Castle Tantallon Bass rock Landscape and travel Critique buddies Night and low light

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rockfish 8 1 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2010 11:40PM
Excellent work - a crackin image with superb light and comp. The torch worked a treat, and I think the blurred boat actually adds something to the shot. Well captured.

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kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
30 Mar 2010 12:16AM
That is small
porty2003 14 97 Scotland
30 Mar 2010 7:19AM
Good resultSmile.I seem to recall similar 'mini-harbours' on the west coast of Arran.

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
30 Mar 2010 3:45PM
It's a bit of a busy shot here - lots of things contending for my attention, the castle, the little boulder thing on the horizon top right, the harbour itself etc. etc.

I think I'd have been panning to the left a lot to get the whole of the harbour in shot - feel a bit robbed as we can see the bottom of the left wall, but not the top. I bet the top would have provided a nice lead line out to the sea and castle too.

I like the inclusion of the rope to the right and the ladder adds interest. It was probably a bit too light for the light painting to stand out - I didn't know you'd done it till I'd read the "about". Maybe that's a good thing, it's not obvious, but then again, it may be that you wanted it to really stand out. It looks like the interior has some yellow moss on the walls.

Blurred boat... I've done this with canal barges in a lock and to be honest, the idea is a lot better than the reality. It's a pretty effect, all soft and wooshy, but I never did anything with the shots - just a novelty rather than a useable shot. Unavoidable here I know, but I hope you see my point.

Really like the laminar rcok textures and the freground yellow blobs of Lichen loook really nice.

All in all, decent shot, lots of good ideas, I'd just have panned left to make the most of the harbour
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2010 5:25PM
Good comments, I like this as I am amature photographer willing to learn, and from my view I like the layers of rocks and the yellow lichen in the foreground then off to the sunrise just on the horizen, waves just coming into the harbour and I also do like the boat blurred, ( goodness knows how that was done!!) but where you have the torch highlighting the ladder and the harbour walls brings this all together for me....So for me it's a BIG thumbs up!
love it (sorry I have gone on, but do enjoy this shot)
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2010 6:26PM
Great shot and I love all the striations in the rocks, that castle on the horizon, your work with the torch to lift the shadows and the effect of the long exposure on the sky.
I think Ade has hit the nail on the head regarding the composition though; a step back and two to the left to include the whole of the harbour would have made a lot more of the shot for me and would have helped make the boat more pride of place. As it is I can't fail but like the blurry effect, but without the whole boat and harbour I'm just not entirely sure on what is the subject of the image.
And personally would have liked it a little darker for the dusk feel - maybe you and I just have slightly different monitor settings Wink
Richsr 11 91 223 England
5 Apr 2010 2:29PM
Like what you are trying to do here and some great feedback too.
Love your website by the way
Regards Richard

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