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Old 17th April 2009
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Into The Mist

Went for a walk on the beach at Filey on Wednesday. There was quite a thick sea mist that lingered virtually all day, restricting visibility and muting tones. It was plain that I wouldn't be taking any scenic views so I tried to make the most of the conditions by using a long lens to photograph other people on the beach at a distance.

I rather liked this one of a father and daughter walking in the same direction but looking opposite ways. I think their dog helps connect them, as well as providing a link by the direction of its gaze to the two other groups of walkers behind them, who in turn help give the picture depth by receding into the mist.

Taken with a 70-300mm lens set at 170mm (340mm full frame equivalent. I used ISO 640 to permit a shutter speed of 1/2000th sec @ f5.6, in theory faster than necessary for the focal length, particularly with IS, but with Parkinson's I'm finding it increasingly difficult to hold that lens steady.

The original image was very flat, with a compressed histogram, so I adjusted levels and boosted contrast to give it a lift and cleaned up he noise a bit with Neat Image.


As I said, I do rather like this one, but it occurs to me that maybe it is only because I managed to salvage something from an unpromising day. Any comments, and suggestions for what I might have done differently, will be most appreciated.
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Re: Into The Mist

Taking photos of people is something that always makes me nervous, unless they are family that is. This shot really shows what can be done with a longer lens and inspires me to try my 70-300 in a similar way.

I think that the shot is great. I'm not really qualified to comment on photographic perfection but all the elements you describe certainly work for me.

A very good bit of day salvaging. In fact you could say that the weather worked for you, certainly on this shot.

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Re: Into The Mist

John,

I like the image. I too am a fan of the 70-300mm. I understand what you mean about salvaging the day. Quite often (in my limited experience) one shot can make the day worthwhile, and this one I would be proud of. I think you have captured the quality of the mist and its inhabitants well.

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Re: Into The Mist

Well I like it John - you've made some good English colours. Plus there is a repeated motif in the couples/dogs.

Maybe the Filey Tourist Board would like it for the next brochure.

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Re: Into The Mist

John,
I love this shot. The composition works very well and the colours are strong enough, without distracting from the misty atmosphere of the day. Definitely a shot to be proud of.
I would be interested to know what a panoramic shot would look like ie crop the shadows; having said that the shadows definitely add an extra dimension and the shot may be poorer without them.

I was also out shooting on Wednesday, with a friend in Hastings and Rye, I think our weather was much better than yours. I am hopeful of a few good pics from the several hundred I took

Hope all is well with you.

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I like the shot, I especially like the reflections of the main subjects, ergo, my two-penneth would be to have 'lost' the space above the main subjects heads and regain the full length of their respective reflections in the wet sand....
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Hi John -

Anne and I like this shot very much - it has all the right elements.

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