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

Location

Lands End, Cornwall, UK

Date and Time

28/03/2009, 19:26

Equipment

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
amazing!
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ChimpyJay Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Incredible shot Guy.
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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?
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flowersofcarnage Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Hey Guy, you've been featured here
=)
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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.
Ben
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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.
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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!
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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
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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?
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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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grevys Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
superb - guy - a reply two years after the comment! going through your backlog, guy!?! that really tickles me!
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha I thought that myself when I was typing it, I was doubtful I would get a reply at all
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grevys Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
well i drift in and out of this place from time to time .... ! but good to see you're still posting great stuff here.
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, however landscapes have taken a back seat for a while but hoping to get back up and running soon. How about yourself, I haven't seen work from you in a while.
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grevys Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
still out there, still making photos ... not posting much/anything while wondering quite what all these photos amount to. producing occasional e-books and sending them out to friends/colleagues/family or anyone else i care to trouble!
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Good to hear your still producing great work, you must share it all sometime ;)
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Passion4Photos Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful view, fantastic composition, wonderful capture!:D
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dwth Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 67th.:wave:
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Cl3tuS Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
brilliant, the exposure time is just perfect imo :D

fantastic :D
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Machirude Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :)
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
Composition is a screamer, fantastic capture!
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Drew
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009   Photographer
Beautiful. Reminds me of El Arco in Mexico. :D
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love places like this. Thanks
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009   Photographer
:)
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DestinyGirl16 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Student General Artist
It looks like a beautiful place, it's almost as if were the rocks are touching the sea it's frozen in place :)
great work again, those rock formations are fantastic to see.

Keep shooting ;)
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a fantastic place to visit. Thanks
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DestinyGirl16 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student General Artist
your welcome :D
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Kernow-Photography Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is one area I have only been to once in my life think i really should get down there and have a look around. Where about's is a good place to park down there ? Great shot as always Guy hope you are having a good Easter.
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I went down here for the first time a week before this shot! The whole coast on penwith is packed full of great locations, well worth spending a few days there. This shot was taken from a 10 minuet walk from the lands end main car park (which spoils the view) My easter has been quite hekteck so far and its only going to get worse. I leave on the 29th of this month for the job but unfortunatly I won't be going to Alaska but europe instead... How has your Easter been?
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Kernow-Photography Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Easter has been good thanks, went for a nice walk around Sennen yesterday. Not to many photos to be had as far to many people for my liking but was a good day out at least. Ok on Europe, not so good as Alaska but still sounds like a fun adventure. I went on a cruise around Europe and stopped at some super places so i'm sure you will have some fun.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
Well done. No notes either way :-P

aF
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SewerRar Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the composition, like visual stepping stones as you move through the image. The colder colours giving it an almost magical/prehistoric feel. :+fav:
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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