I spent the weekend providing some one-to-one training for Mat, and while we did spend some time working through a variety of post-production techniques we concentrated on shooting: at Fleetwood on Saturday morning, St. Annes in the afternoon, and back to Fleetwood on Sunday morning.

One of the things that Mat wanted to concentrate on was seeing creatively, so we spent quite a lot of time thinking about each scene: shooting angle, depth of field, composition, and so on.

One of the subjects we focused on was a groyne on Fleetwood beach (like this one). As we were composing the shot I noticed a few distracting items in the frame: a small plastic bag, some overly bright pebbles, and this piece of wire - which I pulled out of the sand and threw to one side. After we'd shot the groyne though I realised that the wire was an interesting item in its own right, so moved it to a smooth piece of sand and took a variety of different shots.

I'm glad I did as it's probably going to turn out to be one of my favourite shots of the weekend :)

focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
image editor
plugins (etc)
10.40pm on 26/3/11
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
aperture priority
Camera Raw
Photoshop CS5
Topaz Detail
minor recomposition
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