West Wittering beach near Chichester is a great beach to visit when the tide is out. There are channels that cut across the beach so that the middle-ground often contains water and adds to the interest and drama when shooting towards the light.
Converting this image to B&W was a no-brainer. Silhouettes always work well in B&W. But the initial conversion didn’t really have a ‘bright’ background. Lightening the lighter tones has created a high-key effect which I think works well.
What time of year do you think this was taken? The clue perhaps is in the Mother’s right arm. Her hand has disappeared up the sleeve of her coat – she’s trying to keep it warm. It was actually shot in March. There was a stiff breeze and the air was chilly. The absence of a hand is a bit disconcerting. One of these days I will find a suitable hand in another image that can be transplanted to correct that fault. Once you spot something wrong in an image, you eye keeps being drawn back to it – and that’s a fact of life!