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.
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
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