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By BillyGoatGruff  
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! Smile

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! Wink

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.

Smile Wink


Tags: Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Lighthouse coast sand mud

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Strobe 10 1.3k United States
26 Feb 2008 9:19AM
Awesome image

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Guillaume 11 119 2 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 9:28AM
Wonderful image.
petra16 12 169 Scotland
26 Feb 2008 9:38AM
I visited there a couple of years ago and yes I agree not a very photographic place, but you did well to get this I just love the colours...

PeeCee 12 1
26 Feb 2008 10:05AM
Really like this. Great dark, brooding atmosphere.
EllieEdge 10 15 42 Norway
26 Feb 2008 10:21AM
Displaying good skills on both photography and anekdotes. Smile
NeilM 11 England
26 Feb 2008 10:24AM
very dramatic, like it.

piccy 12 8 Wales
26 Feb 2008 10:36AM
Very dramatic - a wonderful scene.
newty1 12 3 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 10:45AM
nice dramatic moody shot. Good stuff
Andy Smile
Dennis_Bromage 10 45 20 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 10:50AM
Nicely worked shot
26 Feb 2008 11:21AM
Absolutely jaw dropping dramatic. You couldn't ask for better than this!
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
26 Feb 2008 11:42AM
Why thank you kindly, everyone.
:-0 !!
luxaeternam 10 21 1
26 Feb 2008 12:01PM
I like the lovely little cloud in the background which seems to counterbalance the towering lighthouse.
Nice work.
Smile Lucy
User_Removed 10 172 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 12:13PM
Wow, awesome image
andybebbs 10 491 1 England
26 Feb 2008 12:35PM
very nice shot
Brenty 11 12 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 12:40PM
What an unusual lighthouse. It really grabs your attention. Great image and processing. Excellent shot.
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
26 Feb 2008 2:26PM
First class result.

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
26 Feb 2008 2:31PM
Thanks again, folks. I didn't expect to do as well as this - just goes to show: don't be so quick to write off an apparently rubbish day out!
skeletor 14 1.7k England
26 Feb 2008 2:40PM
Like the mood.

Lot of noise in the sky, but maybe it adds to the feel of the image.

Well done,

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
26 Feb 2008 3:22PM
Yep, Steve. A lot of noise in the sky - I really nuked this Wink
I think it adds to the gritty dark mood and menace.
Thanks for visiting.
MalcolmM Plus
12 926 5 Scotland
26 Feb 2008 7:24PM
Noise adds to drama of this one. Excellent image.
Nettles 11 England
26 Feb 2008 7:39PM
A superb image, love the dark and moody sky, the composition is spot on, an overall excellent image.
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 7:48PM
Thanks for the read! I know this place well, and thanks to your processing, it now has a completely new look and feel to it. A striking and moody piece, which I like very much indeed...

MarkT 13 119 2 England
26 Feb 2008 8:11PM
Now that's some description - lol

You have created a very atmospheric image Bill - great stuff.

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
27 Feb 2008 8:19AM
Many thanks, Malcolm Anette, Dave and Mark.
I really expected to crash and burn!
I've now got the slight problem of what to follow this with! Um.....
StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
28 Feb 2008 2:08PM
superb work very well done.

pmorgan 11 217 13 England
4 Mar 2008 12:03PM
Your best yet Bill! The light, tones and composition are spot on - this is superb work!

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
4 Mar 2008 12:15PM
Thank you, Paul.
Very nice of you to drop by!
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
4 Mar 2008 4:23PM
grand image, Bill........

Thank you...

Dotrob 12 Wales
5 Mar 2008 10:26AM
Great dramatic shot.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2008 4:51PM
Beautiful rays and tones.

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
6 Mar 2008 8:18AM
Thanks Jouko, Dot, Phil. I appreciate the attention Smile
Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 9:42AM
Drama aplenty here, the noise in the sky I feel adds to the overall atmosphere. Delighted to nudge this to its half century
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
6 Mar 2008 9:48AM
Thanks Chant. All nudges are most welcome Wink
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
10 Mar 2008 9:37AM
Very dramatic sky and a very clear commentary Whew Smile
cirrusminor 10 380 3 England
11 Mar 2008 12:52PM
Stunning... ive gotta get to grips this HDR Wink
Hi BillyGoatGruff, You have some wonderful photographs, and this is one of my favourites. I have an e510 and it is such a good camera, but also still have my e500 which I love using, i'm working my way up to e3, but it all takes time and money, all the best Jerry.
User_Removed 11 11 11 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2008 5:57PM
Stunning image, love the mood and excellent use/control of HDR. Chris C
bidy100 12 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2008 11:42AM
Super pic and great description LOL Smile

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