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?
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
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
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
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
I love discovering abstract shapes in rock.
1/60 sec @ f/10 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens
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
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
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
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
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
Random abstract shapes in rock.
0.6 sec @ f/11 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens
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