This is Tyrella beach, one of Northern Ireland's 'Blue Flag beaches'. Shot on a very overcast day with just the odd glimmer of brightness now and again. These set of Groynes stretch towards the 'Irish Sea' and the incoming tide. When I was setting the shot up, I noticed a horse and rider galloping along the edge of the water, so I waited until the rider had reached the furthest Groyne, and took the shot. If you look, you can see the horse at the end of the row.
Nikon D90, 18-105 Kit lens. F/L 18MM. F11. EXP 1/80. 0.6 ND GRAD.
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annjackman (17563) 2012-10-02 6:09
I am sure groynes were placed on beaches for photographers! Very often they seem to serve no function anymore. This image is superb with the shiny colours on the beach perfectly balanced by the dark and rather interesting clouds. The tide has left some wonderful swirling paterns and the posts make a lovely diagonal perspective into the distance. Beautifully rendered.
Best wishes, Ann
SNOOP_Chan (3841) 2012-10-02 6:27
Hello Nigel, very interesting composition here. I love the colors. Good contrast. Nice reflections in the wet sand.
GREGG (7882) 2012-10-02 6:48
good simple composition,
nice job, but little visible a rider on a horse ...
I think it should be in another place
but this detail :)
have a nice evening,
uddedge (115) 2012-10-02 7:06
Great composition. The posts leading ones eyes to the horse was very thoughtful
larhrissiHicham (577) 2012-10-02 7:10
An interesting composition. Well balaced elements; the heavy cloudy sky, the wet sand and the endless wooden beams line.
Calm before the storm I guess...
The photo leaves a troubled but yet a fine impression...nice work Nigel
mayjayne (2942) 2012-10-02 7:30
A moody composition that is brightened by the streaks of light from the clouds as well as its reflections on the shore. Interesting.
tyro (18344) 2012-10-02 8:04
This is a beautiful photograph and I see that it's been taken not that far from Dudrum Bay where Brian takes many of his wonderful pictures too.
You have made very good use of your ND graduated filter to bring the exposure of the sky into line with that of the sandy beach. Your composition is excellent, the line of groynes leading the eye nicely toward the horizon. I love the reflections in the swirling patterns in the foreground sand, the bright light on the horizon and the rather threatening heavy sky.
Beautiful soft colours, perfect light, spot-on exposure and stunning details and sharpness.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-10-02 9:07
Beautiful composition, with a nice cloudy sky.
Good choice and good idea.
brianmcc (6005) 2012-10-02 9:58
i love this place, the light is incredible no matter what time of day. this whole coastline is great for taking photos. i like the detail in the posts and the feeling of depth with the line disappearing into the sea.
ps. re your previous post where you entered the wrong country. i have been able to edit the details of my pictures and change the name of the town, county etc, so i think you should be able to do this by hitting on the edit tab below the picture.
BennyV (13538) 2012-10-02 12:14
A fine minimalist scene with a great sky and some really good textures, e.g. on the wood and the ripples at the bottom of the frame. I like how the yellow adds an element of contrast.
mmohan (744) 2012-10-02 13:22
I almost missed the horse , it is an interesting addition to the image, which is striking , I think because of the contrast between sky and land..
Glint (6163) 2012-10-03 13:33
as Ann says, groynes seem to serve no better purpose than be a subject for photographers and what a great study you have made of them.I especially like the gloopiness of the fg wet sand. It reminds so much of the Solway Firth, my home patch.There is such luminosity here that has rendered the texture of the groyne in sharp detail.
IR64 (188) 2012-10-04 9:15
very nice composition, great color tones...