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Far North

By stevenr  
Sunset on Benbane Head, Ireland's most northerly point.
Cropped this shot to square format because I didnt want to include the shadow of my tripod. I had previously ignored this shot because of this, thinking the composition would be adversely affected. You comments are appreciated!

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: soulhunter, ericfaragh, Hoffy and 36 more

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ericfaragh Plus
19 149 6 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2005 12:59PM
Terrific light and colour, well done.
soulhunter 18 13 Spain
3 Jun 2005 1:00PM
Love it.

I would have used a polarising filter to ad character to the clouds.
skydivemike 18 47 Northern Ireland
3 Jun 2005 1:08PM
Great shot , colour and composition. Slight correction Malin Head is the most northern point in Ireland.

tamx 17
3 Jun 2005 1:09PM
very nice, love the colours.
SteveSharp 20 34 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2005 1:10PM
I like the square crop, the strong light and sky gives it a real punch Smile
stevenr 19 9
3 Jun 2005 1:10PM
Cheers Eric and soulhunter, yeah my first thought when I reviewed this shot at home was "why didnt I put my polariser on?". My back was towards the sun, but perhaps I could have achieved a little better definition in the clouds while toning down the sky a little.
stevenr 19 9
3 Jun 2005 1:13PM
Thanks all!
And a big "D'oh!" for not getting my facts right before spouting them out here, I think I meant to write "most northern point on Northern Ireland" (I'm sure thats what the lady in the B&B told me anyway!) Good job I dont work for the Tourist Board. Thanks for pointing that out Mike! Steve
liparig 18 233 United States
3 Jun 2005 1:14PM
excellent shot, colors and detail. well composed
nikonneil 19 11 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2005 1:16PM
Stunning... great light
3 Jun 2005 1:18PM
Great compostion. Lovely shot.

messhai 18 8 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2005 1:31PM

Love the light and the composition!! A neat shot indeed!!

Smile Ade
borisv 18 3
3 Jun 2005 1:33PM
nice evening
KathyW 19 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
3 Jun 2005 1:49PM
Beautiful clear light.
cdm36 19 391 7 England
3 Jun 2005 1:59PM
Nice, good warm light on the rocks,

dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
3 Jun 2005 2:37PM
Excelelnt seascape. I don't normally go for square crops, but it works very well here.

edrhodes 18 548 13 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2005 3:14PM
Stunning shot Steven.

3 Jun 2005 3:19PM
Very beautiful! The lighting is perfect and the sky is stunning.
Very well done image!

Chris & Holli
solkku 18 25
3 Jun 2005 3:28PM
Lovely colours and composition. The lightning is spot on and the details are superb. I like it a lot. Clicked.

gemeit 18 78 Scotland
3 Jun 2005 4:18PM
Wonderful light and colours
aussie 18
3 Jun 2005 6:42PM
I actually like the 'square' look. The crop did you well. The colour is just unreal!! Did you use a filter? Fantastic composition, colour, texture and clarity. Beautifully executed.

Lydia / Australia
User_Removed 17 132
3 Jun 2005 6:56PM
great lighting & composition
Bluke 18 303 1 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2005 7:59PM
brilliant shot ......babs
Cristian 18 950 1
4 Jun 2005 12:06AM
Fantastic shot.


laurab 20 53 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2005 12:32AM
So lovely and warm.
gwyn h 19 432
4 Jun 2005 6:24AM
Such lovely light you've captured here Steve. A shot well worth rescuing.

mmccready 18 57 Scotland
4 Jun 2005 10:10AM
Great result. Clouds look pretty good to me - did you use an ND grad either on camera (if so, what make - I'm a bit frustrated with my Cokin ones right now!) or in PS?

stevenr 19 9
5 Jun 2005 9:15AM
Many thanks to all, its amazing how easy it is to skip over some shots without giving them any attention.
Hi Michael and Lydia, I do not use any filters on camera because I like to keep the image as sharp and flare-free as possible; any ND graduation is done in PS. For highly contrasting situations I will take two exposures and blend them,; there wasnt so much contrast in this case so I simply shot one RAW exposure and applied a black gradient in PS (in 16-bit) and set it to "soft light". This method is highly flexible e.g. I can set gradations from both corners of the sky to give a vignetted appearance.
Other than this I applied an 81A warming filter in PS (again, preferable these days to physical filters) to warm the colours even further (this was last light)- although I shot in RAW and had the option to warm colours by altering the colour temperature in the RAW conversion process, I think the 81A filter gives a unique appearance, though it definitely only suits certain situations.
Cheers, Steve
claret 18 49 England
6 Jun 2005 12:08AM
Magical light, Steve. Still scratching around the edges of PS so very interested to read about what can be achieved with a little know-how.
pfheyes 18 254 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 1:39AM
I've read some forum discussion recently re: the square versus the standard 35mm format. A lot of the comments were in favour of the square, and this backs that argument up. A definite case of less is more. The lighting is gorgeous, and the sky is the icing on the cake. Excellent work.

12 Jun 2005 10:17AM
Stunning shot.

KevinGoodchild 21 1.2k 9 England
27 Jun 2005 7:51AM
square format works for me beautiful light on the subject well captured

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