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Seven Sisters
Doh! Don't you just hate it when all basic photographic techniques and rituals go out of the window? I've had a couple of days in Kent just have some "me" time and on my way home, I wanted to get to the south coast hopefully to see some huge waves. Earlier in the week, I'd seen waves breaking over Newhaven lighthouse and I was around ten miles from that when I suddenly thought about the view along Seven Sisters to Beachy Head. My last shot before I took this one was of the proverbial black cat in a coal cellar and I had the ISO set for 3200. Yep, you guessed, it, I forget to check the settings when I took this. I was just overawed by the scene and also conscious of a rapidly approaching very dark clouds (there had been frequent hail showers all day). So, if my leg wasn't still hurting (I fell off my bike four weeks ago and partly tore my leg hamstring), I could kick myself. I'm trying convince myself I quite like the effect but I think I'd be lying!
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Album name:alanuk / A miscellany
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Date added:Feb 08, 2014
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Date Time:2014-02-08T22:47:40
DateTime Original:2014:02:08 13:52:58
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Silversnapper  [Feb 09, 2014 at 08:57 AM]
It may have happened by accident Alan but you have produced an almost painterly image here that really appeals to me both as a stand-alone image and one that has enormous potential. I can envisage strolling down the path towards the cottages where there may be a cup of tea on offer before meandering along the beach and then girding one's loins and heading up and over the cliffs, drinking in the magnificent view along the way! There are a number of pictures within this image Alan but for now I'll content myself with cranking it up to full screen and enjoying the view. Love it, just love it!
SteveT  [Feb 09, 2014 at 09:38 AM]
Even with the high ISO speed the image looks good to me and I agree with Kieth it invites you to take a walk along the beach, well taken
JOHN  [Feb 09, 2014 at 12:55 PM]
This new image size gives much more detail obviously, but just to fill my laptop screen (Windows) I have to go f11 to loose top of screen then control/scroll mouse wheel to resize down. Then I can just fill screen and view all of the image, worth it to get the better definition though.

Had a quick look before reading the notes, and I must say that I like the edit, but after reading notes, been there done that ( all too frequently).

Nice image and nothing wrong with it in my opinion, see the Magpie beside the footpath?
George  [Feb 09, 2014 at 05:57 PM]
Ha.... yes been there all too often Alan
However i have spent many an unhappy hour in Lr and Ps trying to create this effect without much success
I've just filled my screen with this shot, sat back and let my eyes wander round this gorges scene, luv it to bits.
Wonder why the bars around the windows of the nearest house
Helen  [Feb 09, 2014 at 10:08 PM]
This is a super shot Alan, & looks great full screen. When I first looked at the thumbnail I thought it was a painting as well. I can just imagine myself walking down that path to the beach, taking in the salt air & that fantastic view of the Seven Sisters all the way a long to the end where it looks like it could be a lighthouse. Well taken.
Beermonsta  [Feb 11, 2014 at 08:37 PM]
All is well that ends well, and although this is not what you set out to do, the high Iso has produced an effect that suits the image wery well, especially on the further away cliffs and lighthouse, giving a painterly effect with good atmosphere and colours. I like this image very much, well done Alan.