Coastal view

_DS84466For the first time since our house move we went down to the coast (Worthing) on a Sunday. We picked a very busy day indeed – a festival was in full swing with all the fun of the fair. Noisy and  crowded. Finding a parking space was difficult but patience paid off.

It was another beautiful day on the coast, a fine day in between days of less sunnier weather. Despite the commotion and crowds, the pier was largely spared all that hub-bub and the beach was almost deserted. The view along the coast and out to sea was magical. And there were light puffy clouds. A joy to behold.

When I loaded this image into Nik Silver Efex I discovered the power of this plug-in to extract that extra detail. I had not noticed those crepuscular rays radiating out from the under-surface of those clouds, but they were there. It just required the wizardry of the algorithms in Nik’s software to make them visible.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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16 Responses to Coastal view

  1. Chillbrook says:

    Both Nik Silver Efex and Color Efex are brilliant for doing just as you describe Andy, finding that extra detail. What’s even better is the whole Nik collection is now free to download thanks to Google. I really like this image. The small group of people right in the foreground adds so much to the image, as does the couple much further away creating a real sense of perspective and scale. Smashing picture.

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Adrian. there aren’t many things that are free, and it is a real bonus to photographers that the Nik collection is free from Google. This was such an obvious gift of an image. My only concern with it is that the clouds are a dominant feature (in brightness and size). I have taken some of the brightness out of the sky which I think has helped, but it will be interesting to hear what people think about that aspect of this shot

  2. shoreacres says:

    What a wonderful image. I like the way the ribbons of relative darkness and light alternate, but I especially like the vibrancy of the clouds. They’re paradoxical, in the same was that some flowers can be when it seems they’re lit from within. We usually think of clouds hiding the light, but in this case, they seem to be its source. It’s really quite wonderful, and interesting.

    • LensScaper says:

      These clouds were really special, Linda. This little cluster just seemed to hang there – stationary. And they were luminescent, benign, clumps of cloud, lit from behind

  3. Sue says:

    Love the sense of scale from the two groups of figures on the beach, Andy! I am, however, equivocal about the clouds, as they look slightly strange to me as a result of them initially being too bright. ….I never find the brightness can be toned down entirely naturally….but that could just be me

    • LensScaper says:

      That’s an interesting comment, Sue. Looking at the image again I think you are right – there are dark areas within the cluster of clouds that don’t ring true. It was s difficult decision to tone them down fractionally (and it was only a quarter stop) but their brightness seemed to draw the eye away from the rest of the picture so that the clouds became the ‘subject’ rather than the shore, the sea, and the groups of figures.

  4. hmunro says:

    I love this image — and the extra detail you managed to eke out of it, too. Nicely done, Andy.

  5. A few months ago I learned about the free Nik filters and downloaded them but haven’t yet tried them out. It’s good to hear your testimonial about Silver Efex.

    • LensScaper says:

      Do start using them Steve. The pre-sets (which appear as a ribbon of thumbnails) are a mixed bag at first glance. Quite a lot of them will never be used, but within that variety there will always be a few that really do hit the sweet shop time and time again.

  6. sixpixx says:

    Andy… (will try to commit that to memory), how have I never thought to render coastal shots in black and white. It looks great – much better for conveying that searing light that gets reflected off the sand.

    • LensScaper says:

      I think I am strongly attracted to B&W because it was my life-blood for many years as a darkroom worker and B&W printer. You never lose that love of B&W and seeing in B&W comes naturally. But for the many who perhaps have always shot in colour, considering a conversion to B&W is not something that comes to mind so easily. But the simplification of tones that results from a B&W image can really lift an image. Do try it and with Nik plug-ins being free from Google, you can get the best B&W plug-in there is for free and just enjoy the experimentation.

  7. seekraz says:

    Beautiful image, Andy.

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