Elgol - I don't believe it!

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    As per my previous upload from Elgol I hinted I may have come back with something special on a subsequent visit.

    The day after my last upload I paid a revisit and this time it was teeming with photographers so it was time to go for a walk. We had arrived early learning quickly from the ever-changing weather of Skye and the best light always seeming to happen at the start of golden hour.

    We walked probably about half a mile around the coast, if not more and it's very tough on that ground especially in wellies. We had gone around a point on the coast and noted at the time if the tide came in we could get into a pickle though the banks of the cliff's looked passable though not ideal.

    We plonked ourselves in position finding some nice foreground rocks with a good view to the Cullin.

    I stood basically as close to the sea you could get and as feared the tide was coming in and lapping up against the rocks, while sorting my initial composition a large wave came in which had me reaching to save my camera from getting a socking which meant rushing back with the camera still attached the tripod.

    What I didn't realise though is that in those moments of doing so I had accidentally caught the aperture control wheel. I re-set up my composition hurriedly and fired off a few shots as the light was no doubt at its best at this point.

    Disater though, because I didn't realise I was shooting at f/22 rather than my usual f/11 and by the time I had realised the best of the light had passed.

    Still, I decided to process this photo and upload it because I'm under the mindset that surely it's better to have "that image" even it's not technically perfect than rather than not have it at all? After all I could perhaps take one of the f/11 images taken later also and squeeze every last detail out of it in lightroom and use that, but perhaps it's worse bending the truth than using the real thing that's not technically correct?

    To be honest also, the effect of diffraction appears to be minimal, the rocks still look relatively sharp after a little bit of sharpening and as most of the scene is the sea you don't notice it and as the Cullin has passing rain in front of you also don't see the effect here either. The A77 also at 24mp means I probably can get away with more, if I resized to a 12mp image how many of you could actually tell at 100% either?

    Thoughts on a postcard please and sorry for the essay!

    All images are Copyright © James Grant Photography 2011.
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    Alejandro Peire, Paul Newcombe, and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. aljones27 70 months ago | reply

      Love those creamy waves and the moody mountains in the background with the clouds.

      Stunning again Sir!

    2. cazadordesueños 69 months ago | reply

      This is great, nice shot,congrats.;)

    3. Belhaven2011 69 months ago | reply

      Looks better than good enough to me!

    4. rab mcbride 69 months ago | reply

      You won't notice any diffraction viewing on FLickr and a pc monitor, Large print might be a different case, but maybe not as much as normal for the good reasons you mention

      Advantage of accidentally shooting at f22 and the subsequent slower shutter speed is the lovely effect on the water, especially the splashes around the rocks

      When all said and done this is a nice image, and most importantly - caught the mood as I would have imagined it would have been at the time. The picture tells a story, which for me is more important than minute technical details


    5. .Brian Kerr Photography. 69 months ago | reply

      Great light on those rocks, superb detail and still looks sharp enough to me;)

    6. H_Pyck (Cryingbear) 69 months ago | reply

      So great picture, I love it!

    7. Chris Hopkins Images 69 months ago | reply

      Outstanding, I'm just sooo going here this year. Brilliant work and clarity.

    8. S l a w e k 69 months ago | reply

      Awesome exposure and very neatly composed, so much drama in this picture. Brilliantly matched shutter speed. Chapeau bas.

    9. arthur itis 69 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot

    10. James G Photography 69 months ago | reply

      Thanks all again for your continued comments and it's nice that your reading through whats been said etc :) Merry christmas!

    11. George Mitchell2011 69 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning shot.

    12. photo_aja 69 months ago | reply

      A brilliant mistake I'd say. A stunning shot from a stunning location. I love the movement in the water and the crashing of the waves against the rocks. Spot on!

    13. Mark Littlejohn 68 months ago | reply

      Super shot. I'm always doing things like that.

      Some cracking light and great rocks. Excellent seascape.

    14. TomBroadbent 68 months ago | reply

      Absolutely sublime, I love this.
      TomTomTom from TP :-)

    15. Numan Q. 68 months ago | reply

      Great work!
      Please, join the Sony A77 Group!

    16. monika schaible 68 months ago | reply

      wonderful capture

    17. aalmen 68 months ago | reply

      Great picture

    18. Brian Sayle 68 months ago | reply

      stunning shot, just seen this on TP

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