It's been a while since I ventured down to St. Annes to shoot the pier so ventured down this morning, and this is the first of three shots I'll be putting up from the trip.

My intention was to shoot some HDR shots, but when I tried to process them with Photomatix Pro I wasn't especially happy with any of them. So, instead, all three of this small set are produced by overlaying and masking a set of originals shot at varying exposures. This one is made up of four originals, tomorrow's two, and the final one, which I'll put up on Friday, is constructed from three originals.

Oh, and given that these are produced from multiple shots I won't be putting up the EXIF data. Suffice to say that I bracketed widely (from around 1/20 to 1/4000) and this one and Friday's at f/16.0 and tomorrow's at f/8.0.

On a totally different topic, and if you're based in the UK: I need your help. I've been approached about a commission, which on the face of it sounds quite simple – I need one shot of a beach with smooth pebbles that are reasonably large. And that's it; pebbles in the foreground, stretching out towards the sea and the horizon, and nothing else.

'What complicates things though is that the shot has to be perfect, it has to be the ultimate pebble/beach shot. And that would be ok if we had the 'ultimate pebble beach' at either Blackpool, St. Anne's, or Fleetwood, ... but we don't. So, if any of you could recommend a beach, preferably in the North West of England, though anywhere in the UK would do, I'd be extremely grateful. Oh, and if you happen to have a shot of the pebbles/beach you're recommending I'd be even more grateful.

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