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Me and my wife went for a walk down Cows Gap this morning after dropping off the kids to school, mainly for excercise and some photography :)

Cows Gap is a hidden gem of a beach and looks like something off the moon with it's amazing rocky terrain, from little pebbles and massive boulders littering this amazing landscape.

I climbed over the boulders and got close to the waters edge to get this shot, thinking the tide was going out.

The tide was coming in and very fast so as soon as I closed the shutter on this LE I grabbed my camera and quicky scrambled back to safety before I was cut off.

The scary thing was how quickly it almost surrounded me.


This was taken using

►Nikon D300s◄

►Sigma 10-20 @10mm◄

►Hitech Pro Stopper 10 stop filter◄

►Lee 0.9 ND grad◄

►Tripod and cable release◄

This shot was a 184 second exposure which was a little to long and overexposed the horizon due to watching the incoming water instead of my watch.

I was going to convert to mono but it really didn't suit this shot so here it is in all it's glorious colour.


Post Processing

Increased the temperature to get rid of the blueness

Moved the tint to counter balance the extreme colour cast

De-saturated the oranges to combat some sort of IR colouring

Increased the blacks to add to the contrast in the rocks and combat the flatness

Addes an 's' curve and some levels to increase contrast more

Increased saturation

Dodged and burned where needed

Added unsharp mask for detail and clarity

Spot removal for the dust bunnies


I would be interested in what you think with the colour balance as this is about the best I could do myself.

A lot of people are e-mailing me saying they are not really going to buy the Hitech Pro stopper based on my write ups in conjunction with my pictures but I would just like to say it is actually quite a good filter you just have to work a hell of a lot harder in post processing to get better results.

It's a great workaround until I can get hold of the Lee big stopper which definently looks better for clarity so don't totally dismiss the Hitech as it might actually work for you.

I think I was expecting too much from the filter at first and thats why I was so dissapointed.


Thankyou for your much appreciated comments and favs.

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Taken on January 11, 2012