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Almost exactly a year since I photographed this beach last time, I was in the south of Portugal again last weekend.

It had been a LONG TIME since I was out with my camera. A long time since I'd done any waterscapes, and on this weekend I had both the time and the inspiration to go out and shoot.....I just didn't know if the weather was going to help me out.

The first evening was grey and rainy, so I didn't even bother going out. The second day was promising, and I headed out to the coast, only to find 45mph winds coming off the ocean, and a huge cloud bank that ate the sun as it got close to the horizon. I did get one shot on that evening, but more than anything, I just had so much fun working the tripod, working the camera, and splashing about on the rocks.
The third and final night didn't look so promising, so I headed out to a location that I knew well and thought that I could get something from even if the sky was disappointing.

Well, as it turned out, the sky was brilliant, and I spent a happy hour there shooting. Again, it was very windy, which shook the tripod and sent lots of spray off the incoming tide. Long exposures were pretty much out, but I couldn't resist shooting one when the sky was at it's peak of colour.
As I said, the tide was coming in rather quickly, and Casteljo is a very flat beach. I wanted to shoot with this rock as a foreground feature, which meant waiting till the waves receded, running down the beach after the retreating wave, setting up, measuring exposure and filters, and then shooting before the incoming wave submerged everything again. I didn't have the time for a 30 second exposure, and didn't want to open the aperture wider than f9.5, so I shot at ISO400 to ensure I could get the image before the waves came back.

Sure enough, the shutter clicked shut at the end of the exposure just as the waves were coming back, so I picked the tripod up just as the water came round my legs, and walked back up the beach out the sea to check how the image had come out.

It was a lovely evening, and I think I'll be submitting at least two more shots from the same session.

Shot last year at the same beach:



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Taken at Praia do Castelejo, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.6 (2 stop) hard NDG | Hoya ND400
15 secs | f9.5 | | ISO400 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Title in PS

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.
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SalilSSahani Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Beautiful Photo Sir :)!!!
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Vixenn69 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work, this is the first I have been to your gallery. Simply stunning :)
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Permiasorella Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How is this real!?! So Stunning
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augenweide Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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kilopoy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture gave me chills. Absolutely inspirational with and pastel smooth colours and reflections. Very beautiful shot. Very beautiful.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Thanks so much, glad you like it
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kilopoy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.
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Trashins Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great!!! =)
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
The hues are great!

You have been a busy bunny this month! I can't remember the last time I had so many deviations from you in my message centre
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Yeah, I've been submitting a few shots recently after a pretty long haitus.
Glad you like this one...no one else does, but I'm quite fond it it
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928 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Superb backdrop with the beach. :thumbsup:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Thanks again
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goodgirl94 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
GORGEOUS!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Thanks so much
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goodgirl94 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
np!
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KaitlynGrenier Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
That is rich...
and fiery...
I like rich and fiery :D

great stuff
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Rich, fiery and dark :D
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KaitlynGrenier Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
;)
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
ohh lovely...moody atmospheric, beautiful compliment to the sky in the wave action....
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Cheers Steve....most people hate this cos they think it's too dark.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
they're all wrong andy....
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
They always are
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dwth Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 147th.:wave:
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EternityInTwilight Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Wow! Seriously stunning colors. :clap:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Thanks so much
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I think this is too dark. Very atmospheric for it but just too dark on the right to work IMO.
I have read what you said about the difficulties in exposing the scene and I realise that you like to work mostly in camera. But.
I have shot several images with this degree of light fall off across the frame and have used PS to make a gradiated adjustment running across the frame left to right. This could be done with 2 seperate exposures or from one RAW file. I have attempted this (quickly and roughly!) with the 8bit jpeg here and it makes a considerable difference (although the shadow area is understandably noisy). I just created a duplicate layer running at approx. 1 1/2 stops brighter and used a simple gradient mask between the 2 layers running horizontally left to right (I would show you but have nowhere to upload...).
The same could have been done during capture with a second grad filter running left to right across the frame....
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Cheers for the comment Jake.
The thing with this shot is that I've already brightened it by 2 stops, and then done a little work on the shadows. Like I said in the description, the tide was coming in on a long flat beach, so I was running after the retreating waves, and had about 20-30 seconds to set up the tripod, compose, meter, put the filters in, and then get the exposure finished before the next waves hit (I lost a lot of shots from having to yank the camera and tripod up out of the water in mid-exposure). The majority of shots I did that evening were shorter 1 second exposures, but I wanted to get some longer ones as well.
Because of having to work so fast with one eye on the waves, and also from being so rusty at shooting waterscapes (it'd been about 6 months) I fucked up and underexposed on the shot when the colours were at there peak.
When editing it, I was uncomfortable pushing it more than I did to brighten up the darker side, because of noise, and losing colour tone, but after reading your comment I've gone back to it and reworked it again. I created a duplicate RAW file from the one I'd already worked, and brightened it by another stop on the right. I lost a lot of colour, but I spent some time working the colour back into the image in CNX2, then converted to a TIFF. The noise was pretty bad, so I worked it with both Neat Image, as well as a thin layer of gaussian blur. Then, I took the earlier RAW (from the first upload) and converted that to a TIFF, and then blended to two images together manually.
It's more work than I think I've ever done on one image, and I can't believe that parts of the image have had almost 4 stops of exposure pulled back. It's still dark, but the image is supposed to be a little dark.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Good work. I think it's worth the effort just for the practice it's given you.....
It is a little PSed but still true to the scene. The noise or removal of it is a little obvious but for 4 stops gained it is amazing eh? You have worked hard on it. Are you sure this is only a stop up from where it was? I remember it considerably darker.
CNX2??

As for the conditions, I know exactly the situation you were in and the stress you must have been under but it makes it all worth it when it's like that and you pull something out of the bag regardless! Having to lift the tripod and camera away from incoming tide and waves is what it's all about - one eye on camera, one eye on scene and your third eye on saving your gear before even thinking about saving yourself.....
Nice one.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Cheers mate. CNX2 is Capture NX2, it's the RAW converter I use for all my images. It's Nikon specific software, produced by Nik, so it has Viveza and Silver Efex Pro built in, along with the U Point control points.
The user interface isn't anything like as slick or easy to use as Lightroom or Aperture, and if you're not using Nikon, there's no point using it as the only RAW files it reads are Nikon's. But for a Nikon user, it's the best software by far as the RAW conversion and ability to use all the Nik software non-destructively straight onto the RAW file (without having to convert to PSD or TIFF) make up for the fact that the slower interface.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, thanks. Was just wondering, now I see why I hadn't heard of it.
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marcopolo17 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent, Andy... ;-)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Thanks Marc
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PRibeiro Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ficou um trabalho bastante bom
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Muito obrigado
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youressencephoto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Beautiful composition, Gorgeous color. It looks very mystical. Well done.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Thanks so much
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youressencephoto Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
You are welcome.
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Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010   Photographer
Amazing location and composition, the small islands in the distance really create an awesome feeling of dept.
I'm curious, why do you use A ND filter but keep set your iso to 400 instead of 100 without filter.

Gr8 work as always Andy.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Thanks a lot, glad you like it.

Shooting at ISO100 and no filter would have meant that even with the smallest aperture (f22) I would have to shoot at half a second, which wasn't really long enough for the effect I wanted.
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Manlarr Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010   Photographer
very beautiful thank you for posting it
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Thankyou
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talltales Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This photograph reminds me of a place from a fairytale. (=

Aboslutely, postively beautiful.
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mikofierro Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010   Interface Designer
Fascinating!!!!!!!!
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Fantástica Andy ;)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Obrigado Ricardo
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colourmesapphire Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Thanks
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Cheers
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
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NIKON D3
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15/1 second
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F/9.5
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17 mm
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400
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