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Another beach I've been trying to photograph for over a year now, this place really is fantastic.
At high tide, there is no beach, at low tide the rocks continue for ever out to sea. Shooting when the tide is coming in would be fatal, as there's no where to go, so it had to be when the tide was going out. I would have loved to get out onto those tramlines of rocks you can see in the distance, but the waves sweeping over them were pretty aggressive, and it really wouldn't have been a good idea.

Lots of spray in the air, so half the shots were unusable because of spray on the filters. I kept switching between soft and hard grads so I could keep shooting and cleaning filters at the same time. When I wasn't shooting, just composing, I kept a 2 stop NDG over the front of the camera...set up the shot, removed the filter (leaving just the 3 stop that I needed to keep the sky in check) took the photograph, and then replaced the filter again to try to keep the spray off.

This particular beach is pretty much inaccessible, the only way down to the beach is to go along gullies made by rain water and the occasional slick sheets of rock. Getting in was tricky, but getting out again was pretty scary. A storm came in from the Atlantic, and the high winds and rain were pretty intense (basically the same weather that's been doing all the damage in Madeira this last week). There's no cellphone coverage at all, and climbing back up was hard work. About two thirds of the way up I realised I'd followed the wrong gully and was at the bottom of an almost sheer slope of rock and shale about 5 meters below the ledge I wanted to be on. The light was almost gone, and I didn't want to go all the way back down to find the right path again in the dark. It would have been dangerous, and there was no guarantee I'd have found the gully I wanted anyway. So I tried to climb up to the ledge, and just kept sliding back down in the loose shale.
I was getting pretty tired, the waves were crashing into the cliff below me, the rain was almost horizontal and it was pretty dark. I started to think of all the statistics I'd heard of fishermen disappearing from these cliffs every year, and succeeded in scaring myself enough to really push myself up the slope...pulling out plants and getting all manner of cuts on my hands in the process.
So I got up to the ledge, sat down and gulped in mouthfuls of air and just looked out at the ocean, now being illuminated by lightening...Heart pumping, chest heaving, feeling really alive. I'm pretty sure studio photographers never get this kind of buzz...

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Taken on Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.3 (3 stop) hard NDG | Lee 0.6 (2 stop) glass ND
3 secs | f22 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Title in PS

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.
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:iconjanpusdrowski:
JanPusdrowski Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Photographer
very impressive shot!
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DifferentSimalaritie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Photographer
I have to say out of the many photographs i've seen you do i will say this is my favourite. the depth of the photo.. wow. The mood, the light! ahhh, i could go on forever. You are a truly inspiring photographer, and i am in love with all of your work.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks so much, that's a lovely comment
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DifferentSimalaritie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student Photographer
but honestly, If you just look at this photograph, so many things come into the mind. Truly, stunning piece. :)
you should be so proud!
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Chi-pao Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
It's in the beach?wow,it looks like standing around the clouds!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Thanks so much
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Chi-pao Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
^___________^
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Gazza-NZ Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot, captured the drama and motion very well I think ...
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Thanks :-)
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JenElizabeth Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
wow
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
:-)
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JessicaTanton Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh the things photographers do for pictures :)
This is a really amazing shot! :D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
I know, we're a crazy bunch :-)
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JessicaTanton Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Lolol =P
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Crazyhors3 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice shot :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thankyou
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moshmangus Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello, congratulation for the composition and atmosphere in this shoot, I just regret that you used a digital camera, if you had used a film the depth and details of the picture would be stunning.
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Daturanoire Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Amazing!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thanks so much
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Daturanoire Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
:)
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GoatVomit Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
OMFG this is awesome !
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thankyou
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yiria Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow... wonderful capture of motion and details! :clap:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thanks so much
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LaMusaTriste Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Man, this is utterly amazing! What a wicked seascape. Excellent composition and great dof, wise choice by converting to black and white! I'm inlove :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Cheers Drew, I think this is one of my fave waterscapes that I've done. Glad you like it
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
I can see why it's your fave Andy. You've been a big inspiration to my work, mainly your seascapes :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Cheers Drew, I'm honoured that you would think that
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
I read your tutorials on ND filters, shopped around and got myself the ND400 and basically learnt from you really. So I should be the one thanking you mate :manhug:
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Telestic Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great shooting here. i totally dig long exposures. hoping to buy some equipment and shoot this kind of stuff in the near future!
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LaneyK09 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
excellent shot - the softness of the water is amazing!!
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KeroOx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Wow.. The lines and the stream are so perfect.. !
Congrats ! :)
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dwth Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on [link].:wave:
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Techo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Faved for the behind the scenes info as well. Nice to have you back safely.
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SexyLoz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
so awesome! x
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thankyouuuuu
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Featured here - [link]

:peace:
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nextDoorARTist Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Like a fight between rocks and sea..!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Thanks so much mate
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
Excellent work as always Andy. Such great movement captured, and love the shine from the foreground rocks.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Cheers Phil :-)
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Anytime bud.
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juanfox94 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Student Photographer
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xavierrey Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
beautiful !
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Cheers Xavier :hug:
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Cl3tuS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
amazing black and white conversions, such detialed toning and contrast, superb shot, and those clouds. wow
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Thanks so much :-)
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justeline Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow, your BWs are sensational Andy! Hate water sprays too, the method described here is my method too! :w00t: If only it could work :(
Guess I have to lay off long exposure shots when it's too windy :shrug:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Cheers Maria, glad you like it. The recent black and whites have just been by clicking the "Black & White" filter in NX2. I used to have these complicated techniques for getting high contrast black and white shots in PS, but with NX2 I'm usually happy with it after just clicking on the conversion. Brilliant software, I wish I'd started using it years ago.

Hope you two have a great weekend :hug:
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