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The skies were flat and overcast, it was windy, and towards the end of our walk along Fleetwood beach it rained, but Craig and I had a great time. It's been too long since I walked along the shore.

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11.57am on 10/9/10
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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Topaz Detail and Bokeh 2
2x1 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Dan Kaufman at 08:32 PM (GMT) on 10 September, 2010

love the punch you gave it. the saturation and contrast curves are strong !!

...am curious about the skew transform in the lower left.

...am curious too about your capture date. In the US we commonly use the format MM/DD/YY and I think you in the UK, Europe and elsewhere often use DD/MM/YY...but I don't know how you got us to the 19th of September when today's only the 10th. You must have used the new CS-5 "Content Future Fill" tool.

comment by djn1 at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 10 September, 2010

Thanks Dan, I've fixed the date. As fro the skew transformation. I used the warp tool to bring the corner down because I decided I'd prefer the leading line to start in the corner. It wasn't a big deal, but I think the final image looks a bit more balanced as a result.

comment by Cavan at 09:37 PM (GMT) on 10 September, 2010

What made you decide to blur the top left corner as opposed to a burn?

comment by djn1 at 09:41 PM (GMT) on 10 September, 2010

Cavan: I wanted to soften that area of the image, so added some blur with Bokeh. It's possible that I slightly overdid it ;-)

comment by Cavan at 09:46 PM (GMT) on 10 September, 2010

No, I really like it. It does feel a bit unnatural because its the only blurry part, but at the same time it really drives the eye towards the wave.

comment by djn1 at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 10 September, 2010

The bottom-right of the image is also blurred, but nowhere near as much. I think that if that section of the image was more blurry it would probably make the top-left blur seem a bit more natural.

comment by Libby Nightingale at 05:12 AM (GMT) on 11 September, 2010

Fantastic - I've really missed the sea and your beach scenes.
Don't fancy going swimming though ;-)

comment by Sheila (Dove Photography) at 07:52 AM (GMT) on 11 September, 2010

Great, it even makes me want to go for a walk on the beach.. and thats saying something..;-)

comment by Tolga at 12:40 PM (GMT) on 11 September, 2010

What comes out from the camera vs what you had in mind. This is a perfect example.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:14 PM (GMT) on 11 September, 2010

Beautiful David. Love the toning and, of course, love the sea shore :) Enjoy your moments there...

comment by Terence A at 04:39 PM (GMT) on 11 September, 2010

Excellent transformation. I love the seaside, unfortunately I don't live near the sea if i did I know where I would be now.

comment by William K Wallace at 08:28 PM (GMT) on 11 September, 2010

Looking at this picture brings back to life what I miss most about back home in Aberdeen and that is walks along the beach on stormy days when the North Sea is at it's most dramatic...

I definitely feel inspired to put more effort into my own pictures after looking at this...stunning picture.

comment by djn1 at 08:53 AM (GMT) on 13 September, 2010

Thanks everyone :)

comment by Matthias at 02:25 PM (GMT) on 13 September, 2010

fine colors! i like the sea. nice waves there :)

comment by Philip Jensen at 07:49 PM (GMT) on 13 September, 2010

I really agree with Cavan the blur (made only with the plugin?) really is fantastic! Once again you did it! :)

comment by Xavier Rey at 10:51 AM (GMT) on 15 September, 2010

good work !