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FROM BEACH HUTS TO PRIESHACH COVE

This is the first of 4 short posts featuring images from my visit to Moray in early June 2017. The extent of coastline shown here, lying to the east of Hopeman, is around half a mile but it would be very easy for a photographer to spend many hours exploring the nooks and crannies of this rocky foreshore. I also had the pleasure of witnessing a sunrise ​ (which is rare for me​)​ at around 04:19 am and a sunset at around 22:10pm albeit not on the same day! Anyway, here is my selection from the beach huts of Hopeman east beach to Prieshach Cove; I hope you like them?

morning glory | beach huts \ Hopeman | Moray

morning-glory | beach huts | Hopeman | Moray

​I had arrived ​by sunrise but what I was really interested in capturing was the magical light of the ‘golden hour’ spot-lighting the colourful beach huts; all of which are in focus thanks to the Tilt+Shift lens. 
1 sec @ f/14  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

rock pinnacle| Prieshach Cove | Moray

rock pinnacle| Prieshach Cove | Moray

This rock pinnacle at around 10-12 feet high is impressive and seems to be the only one of its kind in the area. I wasn’t so happy with the rather stark ‘Mediterranean’ blue sky although more acceptable as a monochrome conversion. This is a HDR blend of three frames to capture the wide exposure range; a graduated neutral density filter would not have worked in this instance.
1/50 sec @ f/11  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 20mm

 

marooned | Prieshach Cove | Moray

marooned | Prieshach Cove | Moray

A marooned pebble in the rock; awaiting the next big storm for release. And no, I didn’t set it in the pocket of rock!
1/40 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/4 lens @ 70mm

 

rock structure | Prieshach Cove | Moray

rock structure | Prieshach Cove | Moray

This rock provides great lead in lines towards the sea.
2 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

rock abstract | Prieshach Cove | Moray

rock abstract | Prieshach Cove | Moray

I love discovering abstract shapes in rock.
1/60 sec @ f/10  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

seashore | Prieshach Cove | Moray

breaking waves | Prieshach Cove | Moray

The breaking waves look fairly gentle here but every so often I had to take evasive action to avoid the ‘seventh wave’.
0.4 sec @ f/16  ISO 125  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

boulders | Prieshach Cove | Moray

boulders | Prieshach Cove | Moray

The sea can be cruel – but not this day.​
6 sec @ f/14  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

seashore | Prieshach Cove | Moray

seashore | Prieshach Cove | Moray

As waves retreat, the sound of pebbles ‘clinking’ against each other can be quite mesmerising.
0.4 sec @ f/14  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

high and dry | Prieshach Cove | Moray

stacked high and dry | Prieshach Cove | Moray

A hillside of pebbles. This is the first time I have attempted ‘focus stacking’ i.e. blending two or more frames of the same subject focused at different points into the picture to achieve sharp front to back focus without employing a Tilt+Shift lens. This worked reasonably well and only needed 2 frames; the actual blending into one image was achieved in Helicon Focus software. Some finishing manual retouching was needed in the sky area due to the slight movement of clouds between the frames.
1/6 sec @ f/11  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 16mm

 

rocks at sunset | Prieshach Cove | Moray

rocks at sunset | Prieshach Cove | Moray

I love the colours reflected by the rock; this is definitely one of my favourite images.
0.4 sec @ f/11  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

roch structure at sunset | Prieshach Cove | Moray

rock structure at sunset | Prieshach Cove | Moray

Random abstract shapes in rock.
0.6 sec @ f/11  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

sundown and clouds | Moray Firth | Moray

sundown and clouds | Moray Firth | Moray

It was a beautiful sunset but rather than struggle with the exposure, I waited till the sun dipped behind the far off horizon before capturing the shot; so prominence is given to the afterglow and to the clouds.
2.5 sec @ f/11  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/4 lens @ 86mm

 

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