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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
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exposure bias
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RAW converter
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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
3x2 + beachcombing + show the original
comment by Cristian Tibirna at 11:20 AM (GMT) on 28 March, 2011

I love the concept and the execution. It is difficult to invest objects with sentiments, the way you do here. The distress and decrepitude of that connector is palpable. I like the way the very subtle post-treatment you do enhances the image greatly.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 11:40 AM (GMT) on 28 March, 2011

Very excited to see this and the rest of the series. Love this minimalist image.

comment by Ian Mylam at 12:08 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2011

I agree: a beautiful, minimalist image, and Cristian is spot on with his comment about the sentiment communicated by this photograph. The subtle p-p is perfect.

comment by djib at 12:42 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2011

I love it. Post processing is very subtle but yet brings out many textures. The subject is intriguing and the composition is minimalist giving a great sense of both isolation and freedom. Great capture!

comment by paflechien at 02:32 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2011

great job david, but i don't understand how the wire can be out of focus (blurred) on the original and focused on the new image !? It's not en HDR image !

Help me my poor knowledge about this

comment by retlaw7 at 03:13 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2011

@paf, I think using the Topaz detail plugin had something to do with it. David, I'm a little new here, who's Mat?

comment by Linda at 06:39 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2011

Beautiful simplicity, great subject and wonderful toning!

comment by djn1 at 07:47 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2011

Thanks everyone.

paflechien: Topaz Detail can be used to sharpen images, but in a slightly different way to how it can be done in Photoshop. In this instance I increased the microcontrast, which gives the appearance of a much sharper image.

retlaw7: Mat is someone who's been following my blog for quite a while and has subscribed to our tutorials. He decided he wanted to work on his shooting skills so came up to Blackpool for a couple of days of one-to-one training.

comment by Francisco Sanchez at 09:43 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2011

Una minimalista muy buena, con una edicion extraordinaria.

comment by Matteo at 08:01 AM (GMT) on 29 March, 2011

The real question is not who but "where the hell is Matt" (old internet meme)!
Well done David, love the subtle postproduction. Topaz Detail works great with sand!

comment by Luisa at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2011

Pure minimalism in the best style of Chromasia, I like it.

comment by Jessica Sweeney at 03:33 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2011

Spare, but beautiful. I really like this one.

comment by Bosco at 07:08 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2011

Very nice processing. David, just curious if you used the +2/3 for any particular reason vs maybe F10 +/- 0?

comment by djn1 at 08:18 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2011

Bosco: f/10 in manual would have given a comparable exposure, but as I was shooting in aperture priority I needed to use exposure compensation to brighten it.

comment by Bosco at 10:46 AM (GMT) on 30 March, 2011

thanks for the clarification, your photo work is inspirational

comment by Jason at 01:07 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2011

I really miss these old school Chromasia shots. They are what inspired me to get more serious about photography. You need to move back to Blackpool...!

comment by Chris at 11:17 PM (GMT) on 5 April, 2011

I always favor the beach shots. So simple and yet so interesting. The stuff you find on the beach, :)

comment by Daniel Espinoza at 04:37 PM (GMT) on 9 June, 2011

Great abstract shot.