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Rock Formation

Steve (Stoates) and I had a wee trip out yesterday, we headed East to Portknockie to see what the Bow fiddle rock was like at sunrise and ended up going back at sunset - the benefit of short days I suppose.
Apologies for a lot of the images being of the same subject, but lets start with a couple of sunrise Bow Fiddle shots:

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Then we had a wander a short distance around the coast to the Whale's Mouth where bright, low sunlight made it look like a summer's day:

3.

Back for an elevated view of the Bow Fiddle with the early sunlight catching the top:

4.

Then we had a stroll around the harbour at Portknockie which was mainly in shadow, but there was a glimmer of sun on the sea wall:

5.

After some lunch we headed down the road to explore Sandend and found some crazy surfers were actually in the water (it was a bitterly cold day!):

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Finally a couple more from the sunset at Bow Fiddle with low tide:

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8.

I had to wrestle with the white balance on the sunrise and sunset shots as the RAW files had a very blue cast to them, if you think they can be improved please let me know.
We will definitely head to Portknockie again and there is a chance that the sun rises through the gap in early May and again in August, that might be interesting!?

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Re: Rock Formation

That is a great set Iain

Number two is a cracker though Looks like you guys have had a fantastic day
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Re: Rock Formation

I liked no1 but then saw no2 and liked it even more, that's a brilliantly executed shot. The rest are really good too but that No2 just sets the bar very high. What a spectacular place to visit.
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Re: Rock Formation

Some very nice images there just my kind of thing Iain.
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Re: Rock Formation

Hello Iain, great photos, hard to pick a favourite they're all good.
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Re: Rock Formation

Wonderful set Iain - especially #2 and #1
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Re: Rock Formation

Really nice set. The first two for me but I also love the light on the sea wall shot.

As for the surfers. they need counselling.


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Re: Rock Formation

I keep coming back to these trying to decide if there is a favourite but they all offer something special.

I like photographing the same location in different lights, position and seasons and these fit into that mode, nice one
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Re: Rock Formation

Oh, B****r you've been practising.
A really nice set. I think No. 2 shades it but I like the lead in in No.1.
No.4 needs the boat on the horizon cloned out.
I like the surfer, lovely movement but I'd like a wee bit more on the right. 'Space for him to move into.'
And I like the splash effects in No.3.
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Re: Rock Formation

Iain, I had the same deep blue cast on all of my Bowfiddle images as well. I thought it may have been caused by the ND filters but my unfiltered ones were the same; must have just been the twilight 'blue hour'. Especially like your treatment on number 2, fantastic detail and colours on the rock. You captured those splashes in the whales mouth really well too.

Here are 3 of my interpretation of Bowfiddle - the first 2 at sunrise and the third at sunset. Number 1 was a moderately long exposure and 2 an unfiltered (no ND but still using an ND grad) shorter exposure to maintain some of the water's movement.

1.

2.

3.

Iain spotted this young seal pup in the grass by the Whales Mouth. We were a little concerned for him as there was no sign of any adults. He made his own way to the sea though and swam off - hopefully to find Mum.

4.

5.


As always a highly enjoyable day out with Iain. It was great to have the opportunity to capture the same location at sunrise and sunset and despite the cold I had really great fun photographing the (insane!!) surfers at Sandend.
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Re: Rock Formation

Great shots Steve, I really like number 3 and the seal looks very cute - most of my shots of the seal were blurred (user error!) and the ones that were sharp were not great. I'm really glad I didn't post any now I've seen yours!
I thoroughly enjoyed the company and the day out and look forward to the next one.
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Oh, B****r you've been practising.
A really nice set. I think No. 2 shades it but I like the lead in in No.1.
No.4 needs the boat on the horizon cloned out.
I like the surfer, lovely movement but I'd like a wee bit more on the right. 'Space for him to move into.'
And I like the splash effects in No.3.
Thanks for your kind comments Duncan and your wish is my command; I have torpedoed the boat in number 4 and nailed a bit more water on to the surfer - what do you think?





Have a great night tonight, but take it easy on the falling over juice!

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Some very nice images there just my kind of thing Iain.
Thanks Alf, I thought some of them might be 'up your street'

Thanks too to everyone else who has commented and Happy New Year to all the members here
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Re: Rock Formation

Great set of images. It looks extremely cold, did you bring a hip flask with you? for medicinal purposes of course :-)
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Re: Rock Formation

That's better.
If, like me, you spend a lot of time looking at photos, its amazing what small thing distract in an image. Its a thing that photo club competition judges pick up on and immediately deduct a mark. Anything moving, surfer, motorbike, bird, etc. always looks better with space to move into.
Some people also suggest that things should be placed to make an easy eye journey from left to right but I don't hold with that. For me, focal point and then a clockwork spiral.
Also glad to see no 'downhill waterskiing'.

My days of knocking back a large quantity of 'nippie sweeties' are long gone but a nice slow on in front of the fire will be fine.
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