Thanks to all who voted for and visited my previous effort. I was quite a surprised it did as well as it did, and by who visited, too!
This lighthouse adorns the enormously long and tediously dull beach at the unfortunately named Burnham-on-Sea, a sleepy little resort town which, when I visited last Saturday, it clearly was not - on sea, that is.
The vast tidal movement in the Severn Channel (2nd largest in the world, I'm told) means that at low tide, which of course my visit was cleverly timed to coincide with...duh, the sea is not even visible from the beach except as a dull brown blur some miles away, and indistinguishable from the dull brown mud for which this place seems famous.
Not only was my tidal timing monumentally misjudged, but I also chose to visit on 95% overcast day - clearly I am going to become a photographer of some great repute!
The only light shafts breaking through a mostly featureless cloud base presented themselves at moments when there was nothing to make an image from on my long, long walk in search of a subject.
This shot was taken on the way back to the car when the tide was, in fact, returning, albeit at a snail's pace and not in a timescale that was usable by me without my partner suffering serious hunger pangs (and all that that entails!) and is the result of a composition I'd already marked out, hoping for a co-operative sky. And since I was there, I wasn't going go to return home empty-handed: damn it!!
I shot a series of seven shots 1EV apart (-3 to +3) and then merged to HDR and tone-mapped them in PS, and then spent a couple of fun-filled hours last night playing around to see what I could drag from the wreckage of Saturday's visit (it was actually a very nice walk, if I discount the photgraphy side of it!).
I used a combination of LAB colour mode and selective curve adjustments, before finishing off in RGB mode with a bit more fiddling.
The result is before you. I quite like it and hope you do, too.
Anyhow, if I never make it as a photographer, there's perhaps hope for me in anecdotal writing, or perhaps after-dinner speaking!
If you've made it thus far, congratulations and award yourself a pat on the back!
It's been fun composing this, even if I crash and burn: thanks for stopping by.
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