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Smugglers cove



A spooky scene, taken on the north west coast of Scotland on new years day. Through commemorating the passage of time in the previous days, time was a subject o...
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A spooky scene, taken on the north west coast of Scotland on new years day. Through commemorating the passage of time in the previous days, time was a subject on my mind. The area had been a focal point for smuggling into Scotland and England. And so i created this photograph as a homage to the past.

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Bold4birds
 
Bold4birds December 21, 2017
Wonderful photo!
isilvaphoto
 
isilvaphoto September 27, 2018
Amazing

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on the coast of this really erie town on the north west coast of Scotland. I was there on a family trip but from a photographers point of view it was an amazing location.
Time
I can't remember exactly but I imagine around 10pm, maybe later. It was dark and the only light I was getting was from the town so I had to pretty much guess where to put the tripod. I couldn't really see a thing through the viewfinder and the wind was blowing so hard I had to hold the tripod firm on the ground. The whole setting was a little intimidating to tell you the truth but exciting at the same time.
Lighting
There isn't much I can say, the cloud cover was quite heavy and I just set the camera for a long exposure, as you can tell it's a pretty flat light.
Equipment
I used my old busted up canon 5d mark 3, if I remember correctly it was with an 24-105 F4 lens and a cheap but really good Velbon travel tripod.
Inspiration
Wherever I am I usually just wanna get out and take some photo's if I can. Especially when i'm away and it's not often you see scenery like this. There was something about the dark and eerie feel of the whole area that just really touched on my photographic vision which probably gave me that extra little nudge to actually get out that night, i'm glad I did.
Editing
I did, The lightning in the background was actually from a night scene I captured in Croatia. I then used an oil paint effect on the sky and have since lost the original PSD, it would be nice to see the image without that oil paint affect but I still like it as is, I originally did it to help lend to the mystifying nature of the image and I think it does help. I also added the pirate ship in, and it may be hard to believe but those rocks are no more than 5 or 6 metres high.
In my camera bag
I don't usually carry much. On landscape photography expeditions or more like 40 minute diversions since I've become a father. I carry my old faithful 5d mark 3 and a 24-105 f4 L lens, I have a couple of filters too, an ND filter and a polariser but it's actually very rare that I use them. I also carry my sturdy little velbon travel tripod which really is a great piece of kit. However, you may see some of my portrait stuff which requires an entirely different set of kit, notably a lens with a longer focal length, a studio ;) some charm and at least one flash unit.
Feedback
Firstly, Patience. Secondly, it really is just all about location location location and location scouting and researching if you can. Thirdly, when you get there being as well equipped on your photography knowledge as possible. And fourthly if you mean specifically this image, large waves and a fairly long exposure. A lens hood if possible because otherwise you'll get rain all over your lens. I hope any of this can be of help !!

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