I have taken many pictures of the lighthouse on New Brighton beach and I thought this image was perfect for a more painting style treatment with a combination of HDR and Orton processing then various texture layers applied. Generally though, I tend to prefer to retain photographic qualities and rarely treat images in this way now.
An early experiment with manual HDR processing for this shot of a fishing boat at Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire. The original shot was taken near dusk with a high stoppage circular polarising filter as I wanted to get the longest exposure time possible in order to try to smooth out the encroaching sea and wave movement.
The Mersey estuary at New Brighton on a cold October dusk. This was a fairly long exposure (bulb) shot, more a happy accident in terms of the final effect as the scene was much darker than it appears so camera gain has recovered, or enhanced, the vestigial sky light and I like the effect.
The lighthouse (and beach) at New Brighton on a cold October evening. My colleague, the tiny dot on the right, is almost lost in the landscape. He was filming a time-lapse of the sun setting over Wallasey. This location is one of the gateways to the Irish Sea and just to the right of the shot is a very busy shipping lane, heavily used by Anglo Irish ferry and commercial vehicle transporters.
I quite enjoyed photographing this open aspect which makes a change from the more hilly terrain of my locality.
Original photo exif details:-
Nikon D80, 50mm, 100iso, f8, 1/90sec, Oct 25th 2014 – 16:34
Something of a departure from my usual image style with its characteristic density and weight; a lone fisherman on the shoreline at New Brighton. It is a four second (tripod) exposure taken under diminished early evening light last October. It immediately struck me as a classic – maybe slightly clichéd scene and composition, but one that lends itself perfectly to a ‘minimalist’ treatment. In the edit I started by preparing the image for a high-key monochrome print but was uninspired by the resultant flatness and so decided to experiment with split-toning and grain textures to create this more ethereal quality.
Original photo exif details:-
Nikon D80, 50mm, 100iso, f13, 4sec, October 25th 2014 – 16:27
The lighthouse at New Brighton on clear and chilly October afternoon. We were lucky to arrive just as the tide was going out and remained in this location until the sun set. This image has been treated with various filters as I wanted to try to give it a quality that may be a little reminiscent of an orton (off-set) print. I think the ‘soft’ quality of the image is quite pleasing here.
Nikon D80, 20mm, 100iso, f8, 1/350sec, Oct 25th 2014 – 15:48
This is a more artistic treatment with overlays – the shot of the lighthouse was taken much later than the previous one – in fact the sun was beginning to set now. This is one of those images that comes to fruition as a result of inspired experimentation…serendipitously.
Nikon D80, 50mm, 100iso, f1.4, 1/45sec, Oct 25th 2014 – 16:28