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Saltburn Pillars

A huge thankyou for all the comments yesterday it really was appreciated.

Another big thankyou to Jide & Steve who have pointed me in the right direction for a monster ND filter

This is probably (for now) the last of the long exposure shots. Taken in September under the peir at Saltburn. I love using the IR filter to reduce the light getting into the camera and I especially like using it in windy conditions (thus causing the drag effect to the clouds) however, no matter how well you think you have got the camera and tripod nailed down constant wind is a massive enemy and causes the images to be soft. this image has had a lot of sharpening (not sure if it's too much) to get it something like back to my taste - other than that curves work only.

I'm travelling down to London this morning and staying over night so will not get round to posting/commenting/replying etc for a few days, but I hope to get some photo's in the city.

Have a lovely week end. Mal

Saltburn Pillars

A huge thankyou for all the comments yesterday it really was appreciated.

Another big thankyou to Jide & Steve who have pointed me in the right direction for a monster ND filter

This is probably (for now) the last of the long exposure shots. Taken in September under the peir at Saltburn. I love using the IR filter to reduce the light getting into the camera and I especially like using it in windy conditions (thus causing the drag effect to the clouds) however, no matter how well you think you have got the camera and tripod nailed down constant wind is a massive enemy and causes the images to be soft. this image has had a lot of sharpening (not sure if it's too much) to get it something like back to my taste - other than that curves work only.

I'm travelling down to London this morning and staying over night so will not get round to posting/commenting/replying etc for a few days, but I hope to get some photo's in the city.

Have a lovely week end. Mal

comments (27)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 22 Sep 2006, 00:14
mal the horizon is so sharp i think i could cut my finger on it. you sure this is not a studio shot with the dry ice machine fired up. very nice atmospheric shot
Mal: Hey Nev, I've been rumbled, I take my dry ice machine everywhere. Mal
  • Joe
  • US
  • 22 Sep 2006, 03:09
Really stunning shot, your proccessing is magnificent
Mal: Hi Joe, really appreciate you having time to call in. All the best Mal
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2006, 07:00
Mal, you are hot. simple as. HOT
Mal: Hey Atunbi, Thank you very much. All the best Mal
Mal, is smoking! He's burnt his way through the shutterchance all time greats with this one.
Mal: Hey Jide, thank you for the great comment. Mal
This shot is amazing, but there is something that disturbs me though, but I really can't pinpoint it, I have a mix feeling, when I saw it, I was waouuuu but the second one is less enthusiasm (if you allow me to say stuff like that). I st
Mal: Hey Frederic, I think it's the framing of the pillars either side of the image. Always always be honest, I really respect constructive comments. All the best Mal
  • jamoula
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2006, 09:17
Let me add my small voice to this. Lovely.
Mal: Your small voice is heard loud and clear Jamoula. Thank you Mal
  • fabio
  • Italy
  • 22 Sep 2006, 12:08
Technically perfect.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Sep 2006, 13:02
WOW - Great one!!!
Mal: Thank you Chantal, I always appreciate a WOW. All the best Mal
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2006, 13:07
excellent long-exposure shot, i love your b&w treatment here.
Mal: Hey David, really appreciate you having the time to call in. All the best. Mal
Hi Mal, sorry I am behind with my comments, have been away for a few days. I have to say your last 3 images are stunning, very much my sort of picture, the long exposure produces a fantastic effect. For me this is one of the most exciting areas of photography. Creating images in the camera that are entirely serendipitous, you really do not know what you are going to get until you have made the exposure. The shot of Whitby Abby along with the previous one you posted have to be the 2 best and most original images of that much photographed location. I hope you don't mind but I am off out to repeat the exercise. Well try anyway!
Mal: Hi Digi, thank you for your lovely comments. I absorb loads of ideas from the work of "All" photographers who's work I bump into. I really look forward to seeing your spin on these images. All the best Mal
Mal, great shot! Composition, contrast & light are spot on: I'm going green, here..:~wink
Mal: Hey Dave, you have no reason to go green! Thank you for your great comment. All the best Mal
  • Tadpole
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2006, 15:07
Magical!
Mal: Hey Paul, Thank you. Mal
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2006, 16:20
is that distance line the horizon?
whoa it looks very stragiht? Intereseting shot and excellent PP
Mal: Thank you Abi, much appreciated. Mal
  • Stevo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2006, 16:31
You could have taken loads of good pitures in the time its taken to get this one average one!
Mal: Stevo, your constant wit never ceases to amaze me!
  • Attah
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2006, 17:14
Really loving the image. The atmosphere is great. I think i've seen something similar on chromasia.. really great shot. Can tell its been sharpened just a tad bit, but i think it works very well..
Mal: Thank you Attah, It needed quite a lot of sharpening, I may have overdone it though. All the best. Mal
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2006, 19:14
nice one..filter+exposure effect is lovely....8.25/10
cr=6/10
Mal: Hey Samarth, thank you. Mal
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 22 Sep 2006, 20:52
Hi Mal

what else to say than...it is another gorgeous shot.

Diya
Mal: Thank you Diya. Mal
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Sep 2006, 21:49
excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mal: Hey Petra, glad you liked the image. Mal
Hi mal,
I really like this one!
Mal: Thank you very much. All the best. Mal
  • fabio
  • Italy
  • 23 Sep 2006, 11:32
I wanted to inform to you that yours feed rss on safari it does not work. Not there are the link to the photos: - (
Mal: Hi Fabio, I'm not very good with computers and do not understand what RSS is? Mal
  • chris p
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Sep 2006, 12:31
Nice work Mal, got to find that red filter and what ND are you using please?
Mal: Hi Chris, I shot the scene with the camera settings on b/w mode, the filter was a Hoya R72 infra red filter. Mal
i like the way the sea ( i assume) looks like dry ice. it makes the whole thing look like some interplanetary outpost.
Mal: Hey Russell, if you had ever met anyone from Saltburn you would indeed think that they were from outerspace. Mal
  • pixels
  • India
  • 24 Sep 2006, 07:50
I really appreciate your skills Mal - consistently good stuff and this is no exception. What range of shutterspeed does the 5d give you?
Mal: Hey Pixels, this shot was taken on bulb setting with a remote cable release button manually. I had taken a couple of shots without the R72 filter, I then needed to add 16-18 stops to that shutterspeed. All the best. Mal
  • kurt
  • Austria
  • 24 Sep 2006, 11:36
fantastic details - and great composition. perfect in black and white.
Mal: Thank you for the lovely comment Kurt. All the best Mal
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 25 Sep 2006, 02:22
Holy cow... 120 seconds?! Don't think my teeny-meanie camera can go up as long tongue Love the eerie feel to it. If this were a part of some movie, you would see a zombie hand reaching for you.
Mal: Love your imagination Mia, you should be a film director. All the best Mal
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 27 Sep 2006, 23:06
I love this but do have an issue with the outer structures being so close to the frame edge. This is giving a falsely narrow appearance to the shot. The outer pillars are fooling my eye into thinking the shot is a square crop. I think the issue is that you either have a decent chunk of light outside the pillars so the eye can see that they are pillars or you do in fact have a square crop and leave the pillars out.

I like the subject and the angle, the lighting and tones are very good imho but it's just dragged down a little by the framing.

As always I may just me talking tosh.
Mal: Hey Simon, I really like it when visitors talk creative and objective tosh! I will always appreciate honest opinion, especially when they are right! and in this instance you are right to point out something that I had not considered when I posted this image.

One of the previous comments from Dean pointed out this very issue (he hated the outer pillars). So, I went away and cropped the image in a more square fashion (in the manner that you suggest), thus removing the pillars. It did indeed make the image breath from the more claustrophobic full frame of the original.

The next time I visit this location, I will be looking for the same image but framed differently because I really do not like cropping images and the loss of final print quality.

I always welcome constructive tosh Simon, thank you for calling in.

Mal
ive always wanted to get shots like this. Leaving the shutter to open long enough to make the waves look like mists. Up till now, i still havent got the chance.

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