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This is an image taken back in the beginning of June at one of my favourite locations on the west coast of Portugal.
Iíve shot here before, but in the last 3 months Iíve managed to find some more interesting beaches which are usually covered by high tides. We also had some dramatic skies in that period of time, and this photo was taken on what seems like the last day we had clouds in the sky (summer in Portugal is usually cloudless and not particularly good for landscape photography).

On this particular day, the tide was quite low leaving lots of these moss coloured rocks uncovered, and I was fascinated by the colour and texture of the moss, so I built the image around that.

The title refers to the colour obviously, and I also use it as this image felt very much to me like a companion piece to my Blue image [link]


As I said, I wanted to include plenty of the green mossy rock in the composition. I love primary colours, especially those provided by nature, and thought it would contrast nicely with the pinks and blues in the sky.
The rock was very slippy though, and it was hard to find a place where both the tripod and I were safe from the waves.

This is of course a very long exposure. Iíve talked about the technique I use for these kind of images often in the past, and if anyone is interested in a more detailed description of the techniques in volved in long exposure photography, then Iíve written an article on it for Neutral Density magazine which can be found here [link]

For this particular shot, I wanted to do a long exposure and to avoid blowing out the highlights I waited till the sun was behind the cloud on the horizon. For metering I simply filled my cameraís viewfinder with the green rock. Green like this is pretty close to neutral grey, so I guessed it would give me a good average for the foreground making sure very little would be lost shadow detail. There were however highlights in the pools of water which I eliminated by using a polarizing filter.
I then metered the sky, from one of the brightest areas, which was 7 stops brighter than my base exposure, so I used 2 ND graduated filters (a 3 stop and a 2 stop) to bring the sky into the exposure latitude of my cameraís sensor (which is 3 stops either side of my base exposure. The sky was 7 stops brighter, so filtering it 5 stops brought it to only 2 stops above the base exposure).

After Iíd done this, I removed the grad filter holder with the filters in place, screwed in the 9 stop ND filter to give me a long exposure, and then replaced the filter holder again, ensuring the filters hadnít moved and were still in line with the horizon.

The camera canít measure exposure through all those filters, so you need to work it out in your head by removing 9 stops from the base exposure to take into account the ND filter. This gave me an exposure of around two and a half minutes, or 150 seconds.

I opened the shutter with a cable release, counted off the time with a watch, and then closed the shutter at the end of the exposure. I had time for just 2 exposures before the light changed radically and the colour in the sky was lost.

Post Processing

I was pretty happy with this image straight from the camera. It needed a little noise removal, as my camera doesnít handle long exposure particularly well, and I gave the mid tones a contrast boost to give the image a little more punch.
Other than that, the image has been resized, sharpened (using Lab Colour, Lightness channel, Unsharp mask) and then titled.


Taken in Guincho, Cascais, Portugal
Nikon D80 | Sigma 10-20mm | Nikon Cable release
Manfrotto 190XProB w/ 322RC2 ballhead
Hoya ND400 (9 stop) | Hoya Pro 1 polarizer | Lee 0.9 (3 stop) hard GND | Cokin ND8 (2 stop) soft GND
159 seconds | f8 | 12mm

Workflow in Apple Aperture. Frame and title in PS
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Photoshopforearth Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awesome image.
Norita66 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
these make lovely wallpapers...thanks
cebinc Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful job!
WNaturalism Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Most perfect!!!! very charming scenery!! I love it:)
simonebyrne Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Photographer
Absolutely stunning!!
fyredrgn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
StormChazzy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured! [link] :clap:
ObiektywnaMigawka Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing image, love the description so much, I am just an amateur and such a description helps so much to understand the process better :heart:
Schroe03 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Featured in [link] - LOST
GnarlySunset Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
At a loss for words... :)
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Thanks so much
Amjad-Miandad Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
malaugusto Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011   Photographer
This superb work has been featured here: 18 Jaw-Dropping Examples of Seascape Photography.
grantthegeek Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Wow! I'm speechless.
Bluesrains Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
It is a pleasure and a joy to gaze upon your wonderful photos!! Youre ability and talent to capture such beauty is extrodinary!!
Since Im unable to travel much, I get to see the world thru your lens, which truly is a gift!!
dnwvictor Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
To say, outstanding image, is just understatement
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Thanks again
ZacharyGodfrey Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the fantastic description. Of course the image itself is beautifully mind-blowing, but the wonderful attention to detail in your technique really gave me some useful insight into how these images are taken. I love landscape photography, and I especially enjoy these long exposure images. I want to start doing photographs like this, but I don't have any filters for my camera yet. It seems I've got some purchasing to do before I jump into long exposure photography. Thanks again for the great image and description. :)
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Thanks a lot, glad you like the shot and enjoyed the description
Wordup Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
It was really nice reading your detailed description! :)
Neosun7 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
The colors are breathtaking! Wonderful shot!
ladyrapid Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very nice capture Andy. I can't do more than just agree on what's been said here in the comments so far. A very well taken photo with a good composition.

Very often I find good photographers, as yourself, get more and more loose on the compositions. It's almost like people no longer try to impress once they've reached a certain level of photgraphy.
For me, personally, I don't think there's a limit on what I can learn. Same goes for you man, I've checked your artwork for quite some time now and I notice a good curve for your photography.
You doing great, keep at it man. I always enjoy your photography, usually a treat =).

Chers Andy,
keep clickin'!

This piece is featured in my journal this week, [link]

AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Thanks so much
Tuesdaysangel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this one! :love:
Featured here: [link]
iytj Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
excellent work!
lica20 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
great photo
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Thanks so much
hugoo13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Great photo :)

carried in Cruzine: [link]
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Thanks so much
animBoi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
amazing...the colours are really nice!
Gustavo-Salazar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Jokuheemu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Whoa, awesome :O
Aleasis Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Tienes una galerŪa preciosa :heart:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Muchas gracias :-)
Aleasis Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
de nada ^^
iammaykol Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
bethadin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
That's cool!
dinda-kk Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Again ... really nice.
N-i-k-o-l-a Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Wow, This is such a good picture, great actualy :D
lydiagourioti Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
unbelieveable capture! And, thank you for sharing with us the technique!
Brillantneon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
I don't really know how you managed to not get a Daily Deviation for this!!
I'm speachless.. It's simply astonishing!!
The green of the rocks stands perfectly against the moving clouds sky!!
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Thanks so much :-)
Brillantneon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
you're welcome :)
Btw, very interesting post the one you linked.
I've printed and I'm trying to assimily it right now!!
You are an inspiration for me!!
keep it up :)
Jasmine-Jean Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009   General Artist
This is an amazing photograph, just stunning, and when I read your description, it just blew way over my head. I'm just starting out in photography, my first year at University, and you must be an absolute genius at it. Fantastic work.
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Thanks so much, glad you like it.

I'm not a genius at all, I'm a relative beginner (I started around 2 and a half years ago) and there are a lot of flaws in this shot, and indeed most of my work.
Still, thanks so much for the comment, I appreciate it :-)
gurustu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
again, i love the water in your long exposure shots, also makes that green really... green. this shot has inspired me, im getting in the car and going to the beach, thanks man
Kaelthas-Wolfheart Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really Wonderfull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The colors are so lovely
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
I've featured this piece here: [link]

Devilie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Adoro as bonitas tonalidades verdes, mas esse ceu? Fantástico
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Shutter Speed
1598/10 second
Focal Length
10 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 2, 2008, 7:32:47 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh