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Go With The Flow – Queens of the Stone Age

The Photo

Another shot taken from the same session in south west Portugal that I took my last submission [link]
This was the last shot I took before packing up, by this point I was pretty wet and cold as I’d been standing up to my knees in the Atlantic for 30 minutes.
It was a beautiful evening though, the kind when I feel really lucky to have taken up photography, really lucky to be standing there with nothing else filling my mind but the sky and waves and the ocean infront of me.
When it’s like this, then it really feels like a blessing just to be out there.

The Photo

I spent the session working my way along the rocks, building compositions around the different rocks and trying to capture the movement of the water over and between them.
For exposure, I took a reading from the lit part of the rocks, and then a reading from the sky, to see how much filtering I needed.
For more information on how I measure exposure for graduated filters, have a look at this article here [link]
I used a 3 stop neutral density filter to balance the exposure of the sky and the foreground, and a tripod wedged between the rocks to ensure that the camera didn’t move as the waves moved around the legs.

Post Processing

Minor adjustments to the vibrancy, colour and levels of the RAW file before exporting into Photoshop CS3, where it was sharpened and resized for the web.

Metadata

Taken on Praia do Amoreira, Costa Vicentina, near Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal
Nikon D80 | Sigma 10-20mm | Nikon Cable release
Manfrotto 190XProB w/ 322RC2 ballhead
Lee 0.9 (3 stop) hard GND
1 second | f11 | 10mm

Workflow in Apple Aperture and Photoshop CS3
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:iconporbital:
porbital Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010   Photographer
I'd like to give you a feature [link]

Pete
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Thanks so much
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skotch93 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Just amazing!! I really love it.. Good work man
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TrashcanNeighbor Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
That is my favorite line in that song. Absolutely gorgeous.
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Cheers :-)
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ChristopheCarlier Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009   Photographer
excellent!!
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:iconolysses:
olysses Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
the water looks so energetic! love it!
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:iconhugoafsilva:
hugoafsilva Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
=) andy still rocking.. nice ;)
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Simba-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
welcome.^^
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:iconjarofjuice:
jarofjuice Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
tis brilliant as always
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
welcome :-)
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:iconhhryah:
hhryah Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
I love how you shot it so it looks as though the water is rushing right toward you.
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:iconmariocassar:
mariocassar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional Photographer
nice composition! :)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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:iconpens-n-feathers:
pens-n-feathers Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008   Photographer
Beautiful Andy :heart:
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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svangeest721 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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:iconbl09:
BL09 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
fantastic shot
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
I have featured this in my latest features, hope you don't mind :)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
awesome capture. the flow looks fantastic
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:iconpastyguy:
PastyGuy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
don't give up the day job!
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
After I typed that,it occured to me that; a) not knowing that qotsa was an acronym, and b) using words like "yoof" kind of justified your point about my being to old in the first place :-/
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Thanks so much mate, glad you like it :-)
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:iconpastyguy:
PastyGuy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
*youth... I think you need some English lessons =p
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:iconpestilence:
pestilence Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Photographer
Buffer overflow for my brains :P
Wonderful! :) What can I say! :)
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:iconrykardo:
Rykardo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Não sabia que existia essas capas... parecem muito úteis para este tipo de fotografia!

Obrigado Andy :)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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stetre76 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent capture - very good exposure and breathtaking view!
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
The sky had lost a lot of it's colour by then, but in Portugal, on the rare occasions when we have colour,it's usually in that window just after the sun has set and for the next 10 or 15 minutes. You can see on the right here that the colour was starting to drain from the sky. The other shot I took on this day was taken pretty as the sun was setting and there's a lot more colour in the sky [link]

It's the same here...I've had my new camera about 3 weeks now, and the only time it's been landscape shooting was when I was caught in a rainstorm and managed to grab 5 or 6 shots of the rain shrouded valley. Apart from that, I've just not used it for landscape work....hopefully I'll get chance over the Christmas holidays.

As for shutter speeds....I think a lot depends on the scene. I know artists who only ever use 30 second plus exposures, and that's fine, it's their style...but I think there are times when really long exposures work, and times when a second or half a second works better....it just depends on the scene.

Thanks for the comment, I'm glad you like the shot :-)
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justeline Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
15 minutes after sunset and the sky is so colorful?
Not fair, here the party is over as soon as the big guy sets :(
Not that it's a huge party either. At least not since i got my new camera and filters. :shrug:

Thanks so much for the info once more, i'd really love to try to capture the water's movement, up to now i've been experimenting with really long exposure shots, trying to capture as many of the colors of the sky as I could.

Need i say i love this shot too?
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LeMegz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
ais uma imagem de quebrar a respiração - e pensar que se trata de um pedacinho de portugal. :)
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dwth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Student Artist
;)
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Dave-Ellis Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Hi :wave: , you've been featured [link] :D
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
ohhh.. i didn`t know that for 14-24.. very strange :).. and that with 17mm.. is realy wide.. thanks for the tips and tricks :D :D
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sculpted1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
My pleasure as usual =D
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Thanks :D
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Yeah, it's a risk. My camera has been covered by waves 4 or 5 times. I used to use one of these with my D80 in really rough waves [link] which was really effective...but it makes it tricky to see through the viewfinder
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Sinivuokkonen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
No problem! =) It's nice you always answer the comments for your photographs, since you keep getting bombarded with them.
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sculpted1 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Featured in my journal [link]
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Ah, yeah right :-)

Have you seen Steve's comment above yours? I saw both comments together, and he assumed you meant "quotes" so I kind of didn't realize it wasn't a mis-type.
Anyways...to old for Queens of the Stone Age....I'm pretty much the same age as Josh Homme. Surely it must be grandad music to a yoof like yourself?
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
This photo have been featured here: [link] :wave:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Cheers mate....glad you like it :-)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Thanks so much, glad you like it :-)
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