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The Last of Winter by PastyGuy The Last of Winter by PastyGuy

This is a location that I have been meaning to visit ever since I began photography and one that has been visited by so many photographers over the years. I didn't go here to top some of those shots I have seen before those images have been made by the weather and lighting conditions only seen by being in the right place at the right time.

I waited a good half hour after sunset in a chilling wind for the light to be subdued enough and to capture the rocks with a long exposure. I used a 2-stop grad for this image as I tend not to blend long exposed images as they can appear unnatural


Lands End, Cornwall, UK

Date and Time

28/03/2009, 19:26


Nikon D70 | Nikkor 18-70mm | focal length 50mm | ISO200 | f/18 | 30s | Cokin ND Grad 121M | Manfrotto 055PROB tripod + 141RC tilt pan head

All comments and critiques are welcome....

© Guy Richardson. Do not use without permission

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Modernmilk Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
ChimpyJay Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Incredible shot Guy.
Shutterflutter Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
I haven't been to lands end either. I've been around a few other parts of that area though and I agree, it's all good shooting ground. I do like this shot but the rocks in the foreground feel a bit tight and dominating for me. Everything else is perfect though.

Where in Europe are you going to on your job?
flowersofcarnage Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Hey Guy, you've been featured here
B-Jones Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
Very nice, Guy! Am I right in guessing you used HDR to get the detail just right throughout the picture? I think I've spotted HDR on a lot of your pictures in the gallery... If you have the time would you be able to explain how to get great results from HDR, you seem to have the technique down to a tee! Possibly make a tutorial? =]

As always, love it.
PastyGuy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
None of my images are processed using HDR. When I shoot the images I use a similar technique of taking a number of photos at different exposures and blend them together in photoshop.
B-Jones Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Ah I see, so a sort of manual HDR =P... Have you not considered or tried some HDR software? What you're doing clearly works for you though so I guess it's unnecessary :P

Well, this is a stunning shot, I love your work and have shown it to many people!
PastyGuy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel HDR can produce poor results and look unatural were I am trying to capture exactly what I saw. Thanks again
grevys Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
recognise that place. i like it - i think, though, that the comp would have been better balanced if the FG rocks had been on the left. not sure if it was possible?
PastyGuy Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
If I had done that I would have been in the waves crashing on the rocks but I would have preferred it for sure.
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