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Fishing Boat at low tide

Fishing Boat at low tide
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10 Comments |
redwriter Platinum
 
redwriter June 09, 2015
Great b/w image. Nice work. - Jake
bethanyplumlee
 
bethanyplumlee August 17, 2015
So great!
Iam_Dingo
 
Iam_Dingo October 13, 2015
Love this totally awesome shot Alf. Being a marine nut I am rather envious it is not mine.
wilsonwine9
 
wilsonwine9 October 15, 2015
awesome! so crisp and well composed. love it
beabinka
 
beabinka October 18, 2015
Beautifully captured, great leading line
Sahng
 
Sahng October 26, 2015
Amazing!
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Tamaramar November 13, 2015
Hi, Alf! Love this shot as always!
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RuwanFonseka June 16, 2016
Well crafted.
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mihrt November 07, 2016
Congrats Alf for being a finalist in the BOATS and SHIPS CONTEST !! fabulous capture and edit!!
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Rafaphoto July 10, 2018
Beautifully captured. Congrats on being a finalist
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Behind The Lens

Location

I took the photo on the mud flats at Meols which is near Hoylake on the Wirral peninsular UK. It's a great location for old fishing boats, and wide open spaces

Time

The Photo was taken at 5.45 am in May 2015. I had the whole place to myself, I trudged through the deep mud having checked the tides the previous evening (It comes in really fast) . The mud threatened to capture one of my boots but I managed to get across to the boats. I looked through the viewfinder and found that the clouds converged behind the boats making for a nice composition.

Lighting

The morning sun was behind hazy cloud so the lighting was subdued, which allowed a good amount of detail to be captured in the foreground even with the sun in the back lighting position. A bright sun would have made this same image with far too much contrast and deep shadow in the foreground, so I was quite fortunate in this respect.

Equipment

I used a Nikon D800 and a Nikon 14 - 24 F/2.8 wide angle lens the combination is great for capturing wide angle shots and recording fine detail. I also used a sturdy Manfrotto Tripod.

Inspiration

I have always been attracted to the sea, water and anything of a nautical nature. the boats at this particular location are like a magnet to me and I love to capture the essence of their beauty with my camera.

Editing

I usually keep processing to a minimum, and only make slight variations to my color images. However when converting to B &W I use a Light-room plugin called "Nik Silver Efex Pro-2" I always find this software to be easy to use and really makes the most of any B & W photo. In this case it transformed the color image by making more definition to the clouds and bringing out the natural dynamics of the image.

In my camera bag

It's easy to get bogged down with equipment, but when visiting this particular location I tend to use one camera (Nikon D800) and at most two lenses (Nikon 14- 24 mm and Nikon 24 - 70 mm F/ 2.8) minimalist is the key. (Just in case I need to move quickly with an incoming tide) I always take ND8 and ND6 ND Grad filters and Haida 77 mm 10 stop filter, a 77 mm polarizing filter, lens cleaning cloths, spare battery , cable release, and always pack away rain gear.

Feedback

Find your location and envisage what you want to achieve, then it's a case of getting the right light with as few people about as possible. That usually means getting out of bed when it's still dark and making your way to the location before anyone else gets there. When you do get to your subject look through the viewfinder from various angles before you decide on the best POV, stand up, get down on your knees, try portrait and landscape orientations. Then once you have decided, take care how you compose the image, use leading lines and any natural features to enhance the image. then before you click the shutter, check your settings (ISO, Aperture, and +/- exposure compensation, focus point) Take the first shot and then immediately check your histogram, zoom into the image on your LCD screem to check for sharpness if necessary make changes to the previously mentioned settings in order to get the desired effect.

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