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The Cliff Lift and pier at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire.

The Cliff Lift and pier at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire.
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LindaJC October 28, 2020
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Loucas November 24, 2020
Stunning shot

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken from the top of the Cliff Lift in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Teesside
I arrived at the scene about ah hour or so before sunset. This gave me time to capture some gorgeous lighting on the pier. I rely heavily on time blending in my landscape work, so like to capture day and night versions of the same scene. I stayed on location until about two hours after full dark.
Only that there are about four hours worth of different lighting. I started in daylight.”, with the sun just starting to go down, and kept shooting as the lights in the buildings came on. Round about this time the lights on the funicular track came on as well. Once it was full dark, the lighting was irrelevant to the shot, as it was all about the star trails.
Sony a7Rii with Metabones adapter and the Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS. The setup was completed by a Velbon tripod with a panoramic head and levelling base. A wired remote was attached to the camera for interval shooting.
Nothing really inspired me. This is my favourite location for shooting, and I just wanted to capture a new take on some of my favourite shots.
I make use of time blending in my work. Shots are taken in 2-stop brackets of three shots, and then processed in Capture One Pro. Star trails were created by exporting JPGs from Capture One and stacking them in Photoshop. Once that was done, lots of masking was used to combine the images, and then the usual curves and ACR filters were applied to balance and time the shot.
In my camera bag
My go to landscape kit is the A7Rii with the Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS. I also make a lot of use of the Zeiss 24-70 f/4. I keep a pano head and levelling base on my Velbon tripod. I have a remote for interval shooting, and a roll of gaffer tape for attaching to the lens hood to block out the light when doing star trails.
Be at the scene in plenty of time to prepare and scout out the location. A little local knowledge helps, as I know what time the Cliff Lift was running until, allowing me to get the motion of the car as part of the shot. Gaffer tape is an absolute must when trying to capture star trails in a built up environment. Wrap the tape across the front of the lens hood to block out any light pollution!

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