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Carrick finn beach on the north west coast of ireland

Carrick finn beach on the north west coast of ireland
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Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken on Carrick Fin beach on the north west coast of Donegal, Ireland just south of Donegal air port.
Time
Being on holiday at the time with my elderly parents and having to look after them, finding time was challengeing to say the least. When i took this shot it was on a day of beautiful sunshine whith hard'ly a cloud in the sky touring along the Wild Atlantic Way. After a day of sight seeing around Donegal we decided to head back to our digs.Thats when i noticed some dark clouds roll in, so i changed my mind and headed out to the famous Carrick Fin beach to try my luck at some sea scapes using a long exposure for the first time. By the time we got there the sun was just begining to set out in the Atlantic Ocean behind a thick blanket of cloud . Time and date was 12th September 2016 at 7:30 pm.
Lighting
Although the time and place was right, the light was a different story. Being new to this after a few test shots i quickly realised shooting towards the light source using long exposures was going to be a challenge. I decided to play around with different filters so i could stop down enough to get the results i was after.
Equipment
The equipment i used for this shot was a Nikon d750, lens was a nikon 28-80mm f3.3g stopped down to f11. The camera was mounted on a tripod and the filters i used were three stacked sircular nd filters , nd6 nd4, nd2 and two square black and white graduated filters mounted on to a holder.
Inspiration
I was inspired to take this shot by an advert for a famous Irish stout, i won't mention which one. The mood of the ad was a dark and mysterious one, created by the photographers understanding of light and knowlege of how to use the camera and lens filters to capture movement in the sky and sea whithout over exposing the image. Leaning more to being a landscape photographer myself learning these tricks would become essentiall.
Editing
Normally i would do quite bit of processing in lightroom 5 on my landscape stuff , but for this pic it was quite simple . Firstly i opened the raw image in light room and corrected the lens profile and removed any chromatic aberations. From there all i had to do was correct the white balance add a little contrast , then remove all highlights and a few water spray marks useing the patch tool.
In my camera bag
My camera bag usually has my nikon d750 body , along with a second nikon d7000 body. l usually have three lenses i take with me shooting landscapes first would have to be the nikon 16-35 f4g vr as it is regarded as one the best ultra wide angle lenses around . Secondly would be the nikon 50mm f1.4g for shooting in low light situations . Last but not least would be my much loved nikon 28-80 f3.3g, because its a great all round lens and weighs next to nothing . I also carry a nikon sb900 speedlight and various nd and graduated filters for effects and of course my manfrotto tripod.
Feedback
If i was to give any advice to anyone trying something similar would be first research your location. Check things like sunst, sunrise and tide times, its easier to do seascapes when the tides going out so you dont have to keep moving back. Good boots are a must as are waterproofs ,dont forget a tripod this is a must have. Any dslr will do ,and for lenses i would use somthing wide a basic kit lens would be suffictiant at the wide end . The reason i sugest a wide lens is you will get more of the landscape in your shot. A good shutter time to start with would be around 4 seconds, and appature i would keep up around f11-f16 for depth of field and to add contrast. Have a selection of nd and graduated filters with you top stop the light down enough to create movement . Once you start to play around with filters you may notice vignetting around the edges of your image , so you may have to zoom in a little to eradicate this problem.

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