I managed to get down to the beach today – 20 minutes before the sun went down, just as the tide was coming in – and took a lot of shots of this sunset. This is my favourite of the set, shot with a 3 stop ND Grad, and was taken about five minutes before I got soaking wet. The tide on Blackpool beach comes in at around walking pace, so taking photographs at the waves' edge means shooting, then moving quite quickly, then shooting again, and so on. And that would have been fine if the beach had been flat flat. Unfortunately though I was shooting from a raised section of beach and hadn't realised that the tide, in addition to coming towards me quite quickly, had already swept around behind me. By the time I did realise there was quite a lot of water between me and the shore. Fortunately, it wasn't too deep. Unfortunately, I was wearing a good pair of shoes. But I did get this shot, so I can't complain too much :)

Oh, and if you're interested, I've linked the original below – not to make any points about the post-production, but to demonstrate that the colours are pretty faithful to the original scene:

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As usual, I'd be interested to hear what you think.

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4.06pm on 12/11/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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100
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