As with the previous image, although this was the end of the storm that the surf forecasting site MagicSeaweed dubbed ‘Atlantic Take Four’, this depicts a fairly standard winter’s day at Hartland Quay, which must qualify as the most consistent spot for watching rough seas on the North Devon coast.
This was taken looking west from over the wall (which has sustained some damage over the winter) that protects the track down to the old Quay.
I love these turbulent scenes though it is always a challenge to get the compositional elements just right; in other words, it takes a lot of shots in continuous mode on the camera to get the moment that stands out. That would have been expensive in the days of film!
Hartland Quay, Hartland, Devon, UK
Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II
Focal Length: 94mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1250s
As so often with my black and white conversions this first had a LAB saturation boost. The bottom left corner was dodged a little as it was distracting. It was then given the high structure treatment in Silver Efex Pro, bringing out a lot of detail, which was then blended back in as a luminosity layer. Finally the monochrome conversion was completed in Alien Skin Exposure with a slightly tweaked Ilford Delta 100 preset.