I haven't posted anything here in quite a while, so I thought I'd rectify that with this shot that I took last weekend on Newgale Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
It was a stunning winter morning, and the beach was busy with people flying kites, excited dogs and kids splashing around. Newgale is also popular with surfers, even in winter. I suppose the waves are bigger at this time of year.
I've been really impressed with the Canon S90 - easily the best digital compact camera I've used so far. I converted this shot to B&W using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
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diverjohn (544) 2010-01-21 15:13
Excellent exposure and contrast. Even though the horizon is at the half-way mark, your subject is 1/3 from the edge, which seems appropriate for this scene.
Good image from a point-and-shoot for sure
pauloog (11735) 2010-01-21 19:55
A strong photo marked by the dark human profiles against a misty backgroundo of softer grey tones.
A fine result indeed with yur compact camera, although there is quite some noise. A lot of cropping maybe or the sharpening or the use of high ISO ? Any idea ? I would be curious to know.
westcoastgirl1 (660) 2010-01-21 21:22
Good choice to show this in black and white
Great silhouette of the surfer
batalay (32830) 2010-01-21 22:50
This is a beautifully composed shot, clearly a case of a skillful photographer equipped with a good camera. It's good to have your endorsement of the Canon S90.
smarcell (19875) 2010-01-21 23:03
The B&W was a good choice. I like the black silouhette over the mist of the background.
The composition is very accurate
wolf38 (28146) 2010-01-21 23:11
Hello Ben. Surfers on the beach. A strong black and white photograph. Contrasts, light, etc. are best. My compliments for this excellent photo. Regards, Wolfgang.
afroditi (727) 2010-01-22 5:04
Beautiful composition of picture and good choice black and white!Nice frame and good point of reception!!!
Jeppo (17623) 2010-01-22 9:43
stunning shot..I like the sharp counterlight contrasting with the foggy landscape....
black and white works great here!
Bartleby (12741) 2010-01-22 14:18
long time no see...I love this B&W of yours. Seems like this S90 keeps its promises. Great compo anyhow, with lots of breathing space. I wonder if a sqaure format would work as well here...I'll try and do a WS...Also, I was curious about the Silver Efex thingy...did you use it as an independant software or as a Plug-in (for Lightroom for example..) It seems to me that it does the same kind of thing as LR, am I right or is it more powerful?
Wanda1 (13948) 2010-01-23 2:53
a nice moody one, I like the silhouettes heading off into different directions. I think the graininess adds to the mood. Nicely composed too with all that space on the one side it gives a sense of space and freedom..
broglia (3598) 2010-01-24 13:01
Very strong image Ben. Great silhouettes and reflections. Love the feeling of space you've created by having all the figures on the left. B&W the perfect choice.
Best regards, Roberto
sadeik (3264) 2010-01-29 14:35
Thats an excellent image, good silhouettes and the mist is superb. Needless to say that black and white was the right choice. Lost all my b&w film I took in Kyrgystan still gutted lost it in the post so digital does look a good choice at the moment
bostankorkulugu (40760) 2010-01-29 16:51
i dont know exactly why but i love this shot... may be because it has got just the right amount of everything...
Coolka (0) 2010-01-30 1:41
It reminds me a place in my country , where people surf in the summer and in the winter - snowkite.
Three human elements plus the shadow makes the photo very interesting.
Nik Silver Efex Pro works here excellent.
zoomer (3580) 2010-03-09 15:56
B+W works great here and the mist rising obscures the horizon beautyfully while defining it against the black hills.The figures fit well into the scene.Regards Wolf.
JFS (32027) 2010-03-15 23:29
It can be any beach in the world but it does not matter, what matters is the great shot. Congratulations!
omerozden (1259) 2010-06-26 14:52
this looks really nice.
very nice bw tones support the mood.
svefay (800) 2010-06-26 14:58
very nice composition, it is well desgned with B&W
, very well...
azizbilgili (2111) 2011-04-09 3:10
I like the black silouhette over the mist of the background. The B&W was a good choice.
livermore (1462) 2012-10-28 3:09
Waouh quelle belle photo.
Excellent traitement du noir et blanc et super atmosphère.
- Copyright: Ben WX (ben4321) (9875)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2010-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S90
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Black and White Photos, Your favourites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-21 15:08
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