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November by AndyMumford November by AndyMumford
The Photo

This is my new favourite beach on Portugal's south west coast.
I was down there a few weeks ago exploring the coastline on an evening when the light and the sky were particularly fine.

It's a beautiful place, one I'll be returning to again and again over the next couple of years, so you'll be seeing more from here, and probably more from this session.
It was a lovely evening...the kind where you can't resist doing "just one more shot" and I worked my way along this line of rocks, gradually getting wetter and wetter.....good, heavy duty sandals are great for this kind of thing..

As it turned out, this was the last time I ever went out shooting with my D80, so it's kind of the camera's swan-song.

Technique

It was the moss on the rocks facing the light that caught my eye when I was looking for elements to build a composition around, and the pink cloud that the wind was slowly twisting into a corkscrew shape.

I wanted a shutter speed of around a second, as the water was moving relatively slowly, and I wanted a little blur, but still plenty of shape and definition in the water.
The sun hadn't quite set, so I used a Lee 2 stop glass ND filter, combined with a small aperture, to get the shutter speed I wanted.

The sky was around 5 stops brighter than my base exposure, so I used a 3 stop Lee ND graduated filter to reduce the exposure there and ensure plenty of colour and contrast.

For this shot I had the tripod in the water with two of the legs wedged behind small rocks to prevent the waves from moving it during the exposure. I timed shots by taking one exposure as the wave was rising up the beach, one when the water was at it's peak, and another as it receded using a cable release.

Post Processing

First of all I cropped the shot into a square. It was originally landscape format, but the water to the left and rocks to the right didn't add anything at all to the composition.
I increased the colour temperature a little, as it was a little blue, and then made subtle adjustments to the vibrancy, colour and levels of the RAW file.
After that, the shot was exported into Photoshop, where it was sharpened and resized for the web.

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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 | Lee 0.6 (2 stop) glass ND
1.5 seconds | f22 | 10mm
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:iconinmymind81:
inmymind81 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work :clap:
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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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nmdelgado Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
Belíssima composição! :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Thankyou
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nmdelgado Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
:) You're welcome!
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Schroe03 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Featured in [link] - RETURNING :gallery:
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monstrico Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
this is gorgeous, and thank you for explaining exactly what you did, I love to read on peoples techniques. fabulous job!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
:-)
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AchilesIsAPunkRocker Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010   Photographer
WOW
YOU THE MAN!
All your photographs have inspired me in so many ways
thank you!
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Thanks so much :-)
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Feeriee13 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Fantastic shot!
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Thankyou
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drmehmet Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
very nice shot.. :)
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thanks :-)
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YannickDellapina Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Very beautiful!!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Cheers
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iytj Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
fantastic!!
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Paulshark Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
awesome!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
:-)
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m-r-p Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
let me be the 317th person to say this photo is amazing!
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swoosh Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
This is a :+fav:. But not an usual :+fav: ... this is one of my special :+fav:! I LOVE this photo. Can't stop looking.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Thanks a lot :-)
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swoosh Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
You're welcome! Feel free to visit «my gallery» anytime!
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holzoepfael Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
thanks for the explanation, so we can benefit from your talent taking scapes pictures ;)
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OnMostSurfaces Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009   Photographer
You've been featured [link]

Please :+fav: :aww:

Thanks*
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sh4rkbi5cuit Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Ah, everytime I look at this it gets better. The blurry waves are the best I've seen and the sky is subtle but very interesting : D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Thanks loads :-)
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Naraika Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here [link] :love:
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Brillantneon Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Fantastic!!
I wish I could take a photo like that :(!!
Great job!! :+fav:
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Bex2007 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Love this shot Andy! The sky is stunning, its so nice to get some interesting clouds! Not sure how I missed this one before :)
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c1n3kk Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
:clap:
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chertztudorradu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
fabulous !!!!!!!!!
no polarization filter use ?! liniar or circular one ?
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Thanks a lot. Nope, no polarizer here, just a straight ND and an ND grad
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little79bear Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the light shining on the rocks, you're right the moss makes the shot something special.
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justeline Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
:iconomghaiplz:this deviation is being featured in my journal
:blowkiss:
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atengphotography Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Excellent colors and exposure. The movement you captured in the water and the clouds is great
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venicequeenf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I love your work!
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Sathoro Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: Featured here: [link] :aww:
Make sure to fav the news article so that more people can see your work :)
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maldonadoga Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the colors, are just amazing. :+fav:
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JoX1989 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
featured here -> [link]

:heart:
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hhryah Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
This is going to sound odd, but have you ever read the Dragon Riders of Pern series by Ann McCaffrey? I always imagined Pern to look just like this. You have such beautiful landscape shots! I love the colors and composition.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
I read a couple of them, many many years ago :-)
Thanks so much for the comment, I'm glad you like it :-)
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vladxc Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Just want it to let you know that I've featured this piece in my journal

Hope you'll like it.

Regards,
Vlad
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jordanjellybean Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008   Photographer
this is such a beautiful photo! Your very inspiring and I definately envy your talent!
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seya88 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
featured on this news :giggle:
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tearsoftheangels Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
featured here: [link]
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roxanneross Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
o mar parece nuvens, que lindo!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Muito obrigado :-)
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PLrepresent Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured: [link] :aww:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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