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Beach Moods

By MikeBonsall  
I guess this may prove to be an EPZ suicide shot but hey what the heck Smile

I've been captivated by some of Ted Leeming's work recently. Not all of it really connects with me but some of his images really struck a chord.

This was taken hand held with an exposure of around a second. There is something quite liberating about hand-holding long exposures with the added anticipation of not knowing quite what you're going to end up with. I really like the abstract , painterly quality and the fact that everything is achieved in-camera with no PS post production work.


PS thanks to the few folk who voted on the earlier image today. The colours didn't look quite right once I'd uploaded it so off it came.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Landscape and travel

Voters: Stace, DLLP, jeanie and 89 more

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Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
15 Dec 2008 12:00PM
Superb work


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jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 12:12PM
Bomb? I have a print I bought in Ardnamurchan and the colours/tones are very similar... its beautiful and I would have it on my wall for sure...
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
15 Dec 2008 12:15PM
Oustanding, Mike.
Very Monet!
An utterly beautiful impressionist image.

bazhutton 11 25 England
15 Dec 2008 12:22PM
Looks great to me

Angi_Wallace 10 172 10 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 12:29PM
Looks gorgeous, I really like it a lot. Angi
richardwheel 12 217 2 England
15 Dec 2008 12:29PM
superb mike, I would imagine this being a best seller for you, get it in the gallery Smile
IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 12:30PM
I hope it doesn't bomb. It's sublime.
Gary_Macleod 13 162 Scotland
15 Dec 2008 12:30PM
superb image..
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
15 Dec 2008 12:41PM
Works for me, too!
MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
15 Dec 2008 12:43PM
Wow cheers folks. That's 11 votes more than I thought it might get Smile

Glad you made the Monet comparison Bill. I was definitely hoping to capture a Monet/Turner feel with these images.

I've tried tripod mounted, panned shots like this before but always found them too precise. This approach just seems to give the image a far greater feeling of abstract energy if that makes sense.

DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
15 Dec 2008 1:07PM
Love it .... it's the colours I like so much, that and the painterly feel. Lol but I'll never worry about camera shake again.
ian walker 13 716 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 1:10PM
This is absolutely spot on, it could not be better. People would put this on a wall for sure, its art. the colours, texture, emotion are just perfect.
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
15 Dec 2008 1:16PM
I had a shortlist of 8 from last week before I could bestow an award. I was allowed to on Saturday, but didn't log on until today. I'm glad I waited! This really blew me away - I keep coming back to it.
Full marks, Mike, especially for being brave enough to give this an airing. It really is wonderful.

AlleyCatz 12 274 6 England
15 Dec 2008 1:24PM
Beautifully effective image.
Great colours and mood.
Like it lots.


discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 1:28PM
This is the most emotive landscape I've seen in a while. I've a feeling I'll be coming back to this one for some time. It's very free, with a beautiful soft exposure, and I love the lack of distincition between what's above and below the horizon.

MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
15 Dec 2008 1:30PM
Many thanks for the award Bill.

So glad this is having the same effect on other people as it had on me Smile

Landlord 11 25 1 Scotland
15 Dec 2008 1:32PM
Superb & shortlisted.
MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
15 Dec 2008 1:33PM
Thanks David - I seem to recall that I experimented with a circular panning motion on this one which has helped blur the distinction between sea and sky. Alas that's one of the things that isn't recorded in the image meta data Smile

BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 1:56PM
Superb. So expertly and satisfyingly minimal.

andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
15 Dec 2008 2:10PM
This is a fabulous shot. I'd have this on my wall!

Richsr 11 91 223 England
15 Dec 2008 2:22PM
Like this very much Mike - great colours and light - well captured.
Regards Richard.
RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 2:37PM
Yes works for me
GrahamNobles 10 9 4 England
15 Dec 2008 2:46PM
Great shot and a really interesting technique. It's good to push the boundaries from time to time.
thetriguy 13 23 12 United States
15 Dec 2008 3:18PM
Here's your RC. It's deserves it!
Best, Bill
Silverzone 10 2 England
15 Dec 2008 4:44PM
Have faith. the tones are lovely. And simply different is good. Sylvia
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
15 Dec 2008 5:12PM
fabulous work.........

Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 7:43PM
I'm not usually into abstracts, but I really like this.

hook 11 706 England
15 Dec 2008 7:58PM

send me the tiff will you!!!!!

cheers and merry chistmas

15 Dec 2008 8:05PM
Ethereal beauty.
sospan 11 12 Wales
15 Dec 2008 8:12PM
A wonderful calm image. Beautiful colours.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
15 Dec 2008 8:31PM
Hugely successful Mike. Creation. Ron.
bruce295 12 28 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 9:31PM
Love it Mike, beautiful tones, very Turner like. Hope you do more.


IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 9:37PM
Good to see it getting the attention it deserves. This really is a special image.
neonknight 13 1 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 10:07PM
What acracking shot nice one,John
phillips 12 69 2 Scotland
16 Dec 2008 7:26AM
That really works. it.

User_Removed 15 39 6 Scotland
16 Dec 2008 11:51AM
ART with a capital A.Smile

SWMahy 10 21 2 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2008 7:29PM
Very Turner. Beautifully balanced and lovely tones.

I wonder how many blurry shots you took to come up with this beauty?
MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
16 Dec 2008 8:22PM
quite a few Steve. About 20 I think.

I made a point of not reviewing them at the time on the LCD because I didn't want anything to get in the way of the spontaneous, free-form photographic experience!

ESP 11 26 England
16 Dec 2008 8:54PM
Love it Love it Love it Love it Love it Love it Love it Love it

what can I say .......I LOVE IT Smile Smile

rogerbryan 13 397 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2008 11:20PM
Superb Mike.
I know you are tying to emulate Ted Leemings work with this image. to my mind this is better than anything I have seen of his.

MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
17 Dec 2008 9:03PM
that'a very kind of you Roger
User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 5:05AM

20 Dec 2008 8:59PM
Wow, this is definitely in the top five images I've ever seen on EPZ, I absolutely love it, I would have this on the wall in my house for sure.

Beautiful work.

MalcolmM Plus
12 926 5 Scotland
23 Dec 2008 9:19PM
All said above, love this.
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
22 Jan 2009 11:52PM
{slopes off to google Ted Leeming} Wink
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 8:28PM
No point of focus, a bit 50:50. I understand why you didn't think this would appeal. I'm delighted to see that the viewers on EPZ don't agree, this hrelly hs something very specil, wonderful tonal qualities.
(taken a while to comment LOL!)

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