My first rule of photography is ‘If you’re not there then you can’t take the shot’. It is often too easy to feel uninspired and disinclined to pick up the camera and go out and walk in a familiar place, especially if the weather and lighting don’t look too hopeful.
I remember that this was such a day; it had been cloudy and drizzling for much of the day but I made myself go out and get some fresh air and walked along the beach at low tide North of Northcott Mouth past Menachurch Point.
As I did a weak hazy sun began to push through the thinning clouds and I was rewarded with this shot. For once I didn’t even have to worry about footprints in the sand from the ever present dog walkers on Bude’s beaches as I was the only person there.
Menachurch Point, Bude, Cornwall, UK
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 16mm
Shutter Speed: 1/400s
This image is composed of three bracketed shots merged with Enfuse. The result had a little contrast boost with Color Efex's Pro Contrast and a Graduated Neutral Density filter applied, before finishing it off in OnOne's Perfect Effects using a tweaked Magic Sunset preset.