This is the first of four shots that I took yesterday while walking along our windswept beach. Two were taken walking south (of which this is the second, hence the title), two are colour, and two are toned. This is probably my least favourite of the four, tomorrow's my next least favourite, the day after is my favourite, and the final shot is my wife's favourite (which, on past experience, probably means it's the best of the four ;-), but there isn't really a great deal to choose from in terms of my view of their quality. One of the things I was trying to show, though not so much with this one, was some indication as to how windy it was – there was a steady 40-45mph wind blowing in off the sea – but I'm not sure that I managed it all that successfully. Oh well, as landscapes go I'm quite pleased with all of them.

And I know that I said I was going to do more portraits, and I will, but having got these shots yesterday I do want to put them up. Besides which, this gives me four days to take some decent portraits which, I have to confess, I find much more difficult than landscapes.

Let me know what you think.

Oh, and I found out how to export my usage statistics to make them publicly available. I don't know if this will be of interest to anyone, but it's the sort of geeky thing that I find quite intriguing when I see it on other sites so thought I'd include it ;-) I've also included a link on the sidebar of my main archive page. Correction: Following quis's comment I checked out the referrer section on other sites that do this and lo and behold they're full of spurious sites that probably used a false referrer. So it's back to the drawing board with this one.

And finally, many thanks to everyone who's been voting for chromasia in the Best Photo/Art/Poetry Blog category in the Best of Blogs Awards 2004 – it's much appreciated and I'm currently in a respectable second place. If you'd still like to vote you can do so every day between now and the 14th :-)

capture date
camera
lens
focal length
aperture
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shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
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flash
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RAW converter
cropped?
3.45pm on 8/1/05
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
40mm (64mm equiv.)
f/5.6
1/250
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-2/3
evaluative
100
no
RAW
C1 Pro
minor
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