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March 14, 2016

Two Shells

Filed under: Martin — Tags: — martinfphoto @ 16:14
Two shells on the beach

Two shells on the beach, taken during the Arena Photographers seminar in Bournemouth at the weekend.

Hand held, making full use of the OM-D E-M1 image stabilisation with 7-14mm f2.8 lens at 8mm.


  1. ’tis my favourite lens at the moment. 1/13s @ 8mm. So are the shells not sharp as it was so slow or possibly more likely the waves moved the shells? I have already learned to keep both eyes open as the viewfinder image is very misleading about things like “will my feet get wet?” I had someone complain that the horizon was not straight at 7mm so I did the arithmetic and the curvature of the earth was responsible for a 50m height difference from edges to centre. They still said they would prefer it straight. :-)
    I am a bit (very) obsessed with the corner of the image in my composition (I made a joke about THIS bridge being built to satisfy my desire for corners!). That said I would have stuck the shells more towards the lefthand corner to satisfy my corner desire. :-)

    Comment by Rex — March 14, 2016 @ 17:14

  2. Whether the shells are perfectly sharp or not doesn’t matter to me, since it is the movement in the foreground that makes it. Shell placement is fine by me, too! I like this very much.
    If I nitpick, it would be about the color shift from red on the right to cyan in the upper left — but perhaps that was the reality of it.

    Comment by Christina — March 16, 2016 @ 04:28

  3. Thanks for your comments, Rex and Christina.
    I agree the shells are not bitingly sharp, but like Christina, don’t see this as a problem as they contrast with the movement of the foam around them.
    There was another shell to the left of the main ones, but it was too close to the bottom of the frame so I removed it. This also simplified the composition.
    The sky did have a gradation across it as this was taken around sunset, looking south, so the right of the image was influenced by the glow of the setting sun, while the left side was facing blue sky. I thought about balancing this out, but it is very difficult to be convincing with such a wide angle lens.

    Comment by martinfphoto — March 16, 2016 @ 13:21

  4. Hi Martin, pleased to ‘meet’ you.

    Lots of movement here. The slow shutter creates an interesting effect where leading edge of the flow approaches your feet – somehow divorcing the water from the sand in a way that I find slightly disconcerting. That’s not a criticism, just am observation of my visual reaction.

    Im also unconcerned about the sharpness of the shells – movement is key to everything here in any case. I would probably have placed them further left, or left the other one in, but that may not have been the ‘right thing’ to do. It gets to be a habit I think, changing it around is a good way to learn.

    The colour shift is interesting. Looks like the sort of thing you get shooting wides uncorrected on a leica m9, but your explanation makes perfect sense and is good reason to leave well alone. We need to have some faithfulness to the image projected by the lens, I think, or we have stopped writing with light!

    I enjoyed seeing the picture and am glad a few people are posting again. Brilliant.


    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 18, 2016 @ 21:34

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