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Another Place | by Iain Gilmour Photography
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Another Place

Anthony Gormley said about Another Place when it was first installed at Cuxhaven in Germany "The idea was to test time and tide, stillness and movement, and somehow engage with the daily life of the beach". I hope it's not being overly pretentious to say that I find that statement has strong parallels to my own approach to photographing the more human-influenced aspects of the coast. It's probably no coincidence given that long exposures enable us to convey both stillness and movement in coastal scenes. The one thing I would add is, of course, the changing light through both different weather and seasons. I wouldn't normally combine long exposure with contra jour in an image, not exactly easy to control the results. However, the added contrast and and intriguing sky led to a few experiments, of which this is one result.

 

Technically, there's quite a bit going on in this image: a combination of Lee Big Stopper and 0.9 GND to balance the exposure. Processing in Capture NX2 since I was relying heavily on the camera's built in picture controls to try an achieve the mood I was after and then finally conversion to B&W in Silver Efex Pro and the simple addition of an orange filter. I've added a subtle warm tone to the final image for no reason other than I recently listened to a Lenswork podcast in which Brooks Jensen was extolling the virtues of warm tone in adding a sense of depth - except that it seems everyone perceives that warmer tone slightly differently and for some it makes little difference to the final image!

  

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Taken on March 16, 2012