• Should i have airbrushed this out? Its not dirt, its a buoy thats moved in the water.

all washed up

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Sunderland Point, near Lancaster, UK

Taken for active assignment weekly: Three's Company.

What it took:

Walking 2 miles down to Sunderland Point and risking getting caught by the tide ( the tide often covers the only road into the hamlet at high tide.). Finding a compositiion that showed all three boats, but kept the tripod shadow out of shot.

I used a an ND4 grad to darken the sky and used a long exposure, as the light was getting thin.
The bright light coming from the left rear is from a street light. .
Sunderland means "cut-off land", and the name points to the fact that it is cut off by the tide at high tides. Sunderland point was a busy port up until the end of the 18th century and was largely involved in the slave trade, as can be attested by Sambo's Grave. Toward the end of the 18th century it's popularity waned and now all that remains is a tiny hamlet on a lonely windswept peninsula.

  1. nophoto4jojo 105 months ago | reply

    This is an absolutely beautiful photo!!! I love old looking boats like that! As for the assignment, to me 2 boats are very prominent in the front, and there are others in the background, not making a clear 3 and also the front right boat got a little cut off. But the photo is so great, I can get over that! Very nice capture!

  2. Texas Tongs 105 months ago | reply

    The blues are stunning in this photo. Well balanced with the colors of the boats.

  3. piggley 104 months ago | reply

    I am interested in getting some ND filters so great to see how you can use them.
    I love this photo but with the boats in the background it sort of misses the "3" but stunning none the less.

  4. ninja gecko 104 months ago | reply

    cheers for the comments, yeah i wasnt too impressed myself - but this was the best i could do so i figured id "throw it into the pot" anyway!

  5. Beat Rice 104 months ago | reply

    The result of the long exposure is beautiful, he very detailed boats in the front on a pretty dreamy background. I'm a bit sorry that the first boat on the right is cut off. Lovely, anyway.

  6. Zoe in NZ 104 months ago | reply

    I love the colours and the calm atmosphere of the image! The lighting gives it a bit a surreal touch - in a good way.
    As for your note/question - I think it's fine the way it is, as you have a lot of other objects floating in the water, so it doesn't really stand out or distract much.

  7. thevitruvianman 104 months ago | reply

    As other commenters have said, it doesn't really stand out as a composition of 3 subjects, but I don't think it really matters, the photo is still well composed and the colour and contrast is beautiful. I didn't notice that buoy until I saw your note, but now I've seen it I think I'd agree that you should probably clone it out in PS (even though it's not really that noticeable).

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