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Hartland Quay

By derekhansen
Sometimes you have to work with what nature provides. So whilst on holiday in Devon a couple of weeks ago, I had to accept that photographing this iconic location during the 'golden hour' at the end of the day wouldn't be possible because that time of day coincided with a high tide which would have cut off my retreat from the beach.
To catch the tide running up to the rocks whilst allowing me time to get away safely meant I had to be in position around 6PM. At this time and looking straight toward the sun (although its out of the frame) meant having to use a 3 stop soft ND grad plus a 1 stop hard ND grad to equalize exposure between the rocks and the sky.I also used a polarizing filter to cut down reflections. Still I am not unhappy with the result but please let me know what you think.
Derek

Tags: Devon General Landscape and travel Hartland quay

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cassiecat 7 39 46 England
8 Jul 2012 12:58PM
i love it. another for my shortlist. hows lesley getting on with the G12?
lesley

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Humblebee 3 1 England
8 Jul 2012 1:00PM
A very dramatic capture, colours are good - I am not usually a lover of the use of ND filters, but have to say it has worked well in this instance ... Carol Smile
paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 1:01PM
Great landscape and exposure.
Matt
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 1:23PM

Quote:I love it. another for my shortlist. hows lesley getting on with the G12?
lesley


Thanks Lesley. Mrs H is getting some nice shots with the G12

Take a look [link=here]https://www.ephotozine.com/user/boohansen-199565[/link]
Anna_W 4 1 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 1:45PM
The light on the foreground rocks is gorgeous, especially where it's reflecting off the wet areas, and the detail is (as always Smile) excellent. I like the way you've recorded movement in the water whilst still retaining texture. A cracking image Derek.
Regards
Anna
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
8 Jul 2012 3:28PM
The composition is good, the sky is excellent, and I like the movement in the water, Derek. Interestingly, Mark (marktc) has uploaded a few from this place and the background rocks seemed to be over-sharpened against the sky, as they do a bit here. I guess now that that may be the lighting conditions and I'm doing you both a disservice.

Dave
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 3:37PM

Quote:The composition is good, the sky is excellent, and I like the movement in the water, Derek. Interestingly, Mark (marktc) has uploaded a few from this place and the background rocks seemed to be over-sharpened against the sky, as they do a bit here. I guess now that that may be the lighting conditions and I'm doing you both a disservice.

Dave



Thanks Dave. I did blur the edges of the horizon rocks after sharpening, but perhaps not enough. Perhaps others could comment.
Derek
It certainley works for me Derek, bet this would also be good as one of your mono conversions Wink
Clive
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 4:08PM

Quote:It certainley works for me Derek, bet this would also be good as one of your mono conversions Wink
Clive



I had a quick play around with Mono as I was processing this Clive. I think it would work well.
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 4:27PM
There's a jagged feel to this in the sky, distant rocks and the markings on the foreground rocks and it all works well together in my opinion. I think it is a scene that could easily look over sharpened but you have balanced it well with the soft capture of the water - well taken Derek SmileSmile
Helen
rontear Plus
12 8 7 England
8 Jul 2012 5:29PM
Dangerous work Derek, got the result !
Ron.
LesF Plus
9 182 9
8 Jul 2012 5:59PM
Working with the elements you've done a good job Derek, testing times eh


LesF
SWMahy Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 6:04PM
Got to admit I wasn't too keen on this when I saw the thumbnail -- it looked to me like you'd lifted the shadows too far in the foreground for my tastes. However, seeing the full-size image and seeing that it's taken in relatively strong light I've completely changed my mind! I think you've produced a nice natural looking image, and a welcome variation on the more common sunset style photo form this location.

Steve.
Mynett 7 142 6 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 6:37PM
under such conditions this works a treat for me, some lovely colours have been picked up and the lead in is superb

Linda
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2012 7:49PM
love the comp derek brilliant detail and colour a stunner nice one Wink
andy
zapar40 5 66 5 Wales
8 Jul 2012 10:23PM
beautiful capture, lovely foreground, i too have had the problem with either over shapened horizon or too soft but you have got it perfect here. i've still to show mine from this angle.
nice one.
ant.
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
9 Jul 2012 12:25AM
I think you've worked this well Derek, especially with the difficult circumstances you described -looks sharp in all the right places to me and the light controlled perfectly!

Sarah *
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 7:27AM
nicely done Derek.
regards
Yung
martinl Plus
12 263 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 9:22AM
works well for me Derek, and must admit that the horizon doesn't give me any issues at all.
Smile
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 11:27AM
Many thanks everyone and a big thankyou to Yung for his UA. Very much appreciated.
Derek
A well crafted image against all the odds Derek, your skill at the use of filters and timing shine out of this one. Always better to be safe with the sea, we are no adversary for the might of the ocean.

Dougie
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 12:27PM

Quote:A well crafted image against all the odds Derek, your skill at the use of filters and timing shine out of this one. Always better to be safe with the sea, we are no adversary for the might of the ocean.

Dougie



Indeed it would be very easy to get caught by the tide as their is a single exit/entrance on to the beach surrounded by high cliffs. In fact while we were there a local told us that Alan Tichmarsh had been making a programme last year and the whole crew ended up making a very hasty retreat because they misjudged the tide

Derek
Richsr Plus
8 90 219 England
10 Jul 2012 3:48PM
Well worked with this location Derek, like the details and tones in those foreground rocks
Regards Richard
Cor 7 Belgium
14 Jul 2012 9:28AM
SUPERB 10*****
Cor.
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3354 Canada
15 Jul 2012 9:50PM
Look fine to me. A very sharp contrast on an edge, - like those rocks, can have a slight halo, - its normal, and nothing to do with oversharpening.



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ianrobinson Plus
6 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 8:41AM
Catching the tide there is rather tricky Derek, you did well with this shot but then it's not always about sunsets and sunrises.

Great work as usual.

Ian
wolfy 12 36 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 11:01PM
Wonderful shot considering the time you had! I know what you mean about that time, as its quite a hike round there and a long way back with an incoming tide!! I was lucky as the 2nd time I came here I had the tide going out, so was chasing it down through all those rocks!

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