Monday, 14 March 2011
Late last week I spent the afternoon on Crosby Beach in Merseyside with the aim of photographing the Famous "Another Place" by artist Antony Gormley. It was one of those days in landscape photography when the light conditions I had hoped and planed for just didn't arrive.
The wind was blowing at a brisk pace and the light was not playing ball, so never wanting to leave a location without at least some images, I took a long and muddy walk down the beach. Here are a couple of images from the afternoon.
Despite going with the aim of photographing the statues I found myself drawn more to the old structures on the beach which just seemed to be more interesting in the conditions on the day.
The fist image below, was another long exposure image taken with the Lee Filters "Big Stopper" which is a 10stop ND filter, Which reduces light intensity hitting the sensor by a factor of 10stops. This gives the ability to record movement in the image over long exposure times.
On this image, not only did the filter enable me to capture some movement in the cloud it also helped remove the passing dog walkers and fishermen who passed through the frame during exposure. The walking passers by simply were moving to quickly to record in the final image. The final image was a much shorter exposure, here I wanted to capture the ferry in the distance on its way into Liverpool.
This B&W image was made using the fantastic new Nic Software Silver Effects Pro. This new software is a simple to use Photoshop or Lightroom Plug in and has very quickly become part of my digital workflow.