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February 19, 2012

Beach in winter

Filed under: Cem — Cem @ 14:34

Beach in winter





  1. This was taken with a Lee 10x ND filter.

    Comment by Cem — February 19, 2012 @ 14:34

  2. Just so you know, I have doubted whether I should show this or not because it a cliché picture. I am not one of those who consider extreme ND filters as the answer to everything, lol. The filter was borrowed from a friend during a shoot so there is also the aspect of opportunism which made me even more uncomfortable.

    Having said that, many of the images we take and share can be equally seen as cliché. If we would let that to become a detriment, I guess we wouldn’t be able to shoot much. What do you think?

    Comment by Cem — February 19, 2012 @ 15:35

  3. If one can characterize photographers by degrees of patience, then I am at the opposite extreme to tripods and filters!! Which is my loss! I admire anyone who knows their trade and learns to use the appropriate tools. The upside is that if one is lazy then one gets to see the sort of shots that more industrious people produce without having to deviate from one’s own way of doing business!

    I had to google the filter and that was educational. I am not sure that this is a cliché as the subject matter falls outside the normal shot of this kind. The simplicity of the composition certainly works in its favour and the darkness of the posts (or is it an old sunk wooden vessel?) bring out the ghostly effect of the dampened frothing water. I imagine that the colouring comes from the nature of the day rather than the filter and is delightfully subtle and harmonious.

    I think that the cliché aspect comes from slavishly trying to copy something and then assuming that one has hit the jackpot. I suppose what we should be doing is always trying to work on developing what someone else has opened our eyes to.

    Comment by zavaell — February 20, 2012 @ 07:47

  4. I didn’t think of it as a cliché either, though I’ve taken some long exposure water images here in Florida at sunset that surely are!. And I’ve been interested in trying a nine or ten stop ND filter for some time now so this interests me quite a bit that angle. The subtlety of the colors and tones is lovely. I’m glad you decided to show it. I know this isn’t meant to be a “tech” forum, but I’d be interested in your settings and more specifics about the shoot if no one objects — or perhaps you could email me off site.

    Comment by Christina — February 20, 2012 @ 15:24

    • Thanks Christina, it will be my pleasure to provide any details you want. The normal exposure without the ND filter was ISO100, f8 and 1/30 sec. I have upped the shutter time by ten stops after placing the 10x ND filter to 30 seconds. This specific filter is reasonably neutral, so the raw file needed only a little color correction in the post processing. Which was to add some warmth (about 1000 K) and shift the green/magenta tint slider slightly towards magenta (+9 in Lightroom). I could have chosen a smaller aperture such as f16, which would have given me an exposure time of 2 minutes but I did not see the need for that. The filter holder is mounted on the lens (which in this case a TS-E 24mm Mk II, which was shifted towards ground for a few millimeters and the tilt was just enough to get the horizontal plane in focus) using a screw-on a ring and the 10cm square filter is slid into position. The holder also had a flexible hood on the front which can be adjusted freely. That’s all about it, the rest is just usual processing. I hope that his helps?

      Comment by Cem — February 20, 2012 @ 22:54

      • Thank you, Cem. Knowing you used a tilt/shift lens was of interest to me, too. I appreciate it.

        Comment by Christina — February 21, 2012 @ 22:41

  5. Cem, this is a lovely picture and the inclusion of some sand and a bit of white foam saves it from being cliche, quite apart from the posts marching across the frame. Beautifully soft image and very delicate colours. Simple and effective.

    Your description of the process made me smile. I spent half an hour today shooting an expired roll of film I was given with a zone focused 21mm lens at f8 and 1/250. Who knows what will come back, but the lens is wide enough that it needs a bit of familiarisation!! The motto has to be ‘get closer’.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — February 22, 2012 @ 02:26

  6. A cliché is OK as long as your version is a good’un. I like the subtle colour palette in this, its a bit Hebridean. I think the full blown cliché is the darkened sky, the white sea and B&W. :-)

    Comment by Rex — February 23, 2012 @ 19:30

  7. Cliché or not it does have a certain appeal. The simple composition helps but there’s something about the way it reminds you of the cycles of movement at the foreshore, that a shorter exposure wouldn’t.

    Comment by cgcooke — March 10, 2012 @ 23:53

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