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Crackington Twilight

By ghibby  
I shot this last weekend in Cornwall. The last day produced a fantastic sunset and we arrived at Crackington Haven in the nick of time. I managed to split my time here in two locations, one on the headland overlooking the beach for the beginning of sunset and then on the beach for the final rays of light.

This was shot about 20 mins or so after the sun went down. The light just kept getting better and the red hues in the sky produced some great reflection on the foreground rocks. This images has been put together from two frames, one exposed for the foreground rocks where I was able to use a long exposure and blurring the sea and so maximising the reflections on the water. The sky required a much shorter expose to avoid burn out. The images were processed identically in Camera RAW and then blended together using a graduated blend shaped around the horizon and headlands to the left of the frame. A little dodging and burning to get the most out of the light reflected on the rocks was applied to finish this image off.

I took this on a friends Sigma 10-20 Lens as my 12-24 suffered a little fall recently and the repair is taking a little longer than I hoped for, 8 weeks and counting largely due to the incompetence of the insurance company!

Exposure was 1.0 Sec & 8.0 Sec @ F11.0 and 15mm Focal Length

Tags: Cornwall Rocks Beach Sea Coast Twilight Landscape and travel Crackington haven

Voters: JohnParminter, GrahamNobles, madbob and 22 more

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DOGSBODY 12 1.4k 30 England
9 Oct 2008 12:57PM
Lovely picture that I would love to have taken. The problem is that there are so many shots like this that they start to lose their appeal. Andy
Richsr 14 91 223 England
9 Oct 2008 1:12PM
Like the foreground details and tones in this - well captured.
Regards Richard.
mattw 17 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2008 1:17PM
Beautiful work, the light on the rocks works really well.
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2008 1:19PM
Nicely done, Crackington Haven is a good location for this sort of **** too. i'm thinking that cropping a bit off the right hand side to remove the small bit of land jutting into the pic might be an idea.

Kim Walton 17 145 30 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2008 1:46PM
Another location to add to my must visit list.
definately worth all the effort..
ghibby 15 101 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2008 2:50PM
Andy, I agree these kind of shots are all too common but for me there is still something very satisfying about capturing it and aiming for technical perfection within the constraints of my equipment.

Chris, I had considered this but the curve formed by the foreground rocks would be just clipped off and not have any breathing space to the right of the frame so I decided against it.

Thanks for the input guys


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