This was my first visit to Northern Ireland and by chance the rental cottage was within easy walking distance of the famous Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast; here are the results from an evening visit to the scene, captured using the last light of the day.
Upon arrival, I foolishly thought I was going to have the Causeway to myself; however within minutes I was at the centre of a “swarm” of photographers of all nationalities busily setting up their tripods. Space on the rocky outcrop was at a premium as were shooting angles; also a tourist took up a lengthy residence on the conical-shaped rock and had to be zapped out in the finished photograph. As the light was fading fast I dared not use my 10 stop Big Stopper filter which would have resulted in an exposure of several minutes but instead I settled for a more modest 5 stop increase giving a 25 sec exposure. The shape of the cloud above the conical rock was pure luck although I could have wished for a bit more clearance between the rock and the horizon line.
ISO 100 25 sec @ f/16 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens
Swinging my camera to my left produced this image in landscape orientation; I was keen to include the rocks to the left which look like they could be scales on the back of some mythical creature with its claw reaching out into the sea; no I wasn’t on booze at the time!
ISO 400 30 sec @ f/16 Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens
I happened to stumble upon this little “nest of shells” near the Causeway so just took the photograph.
ISO 320 1/50 sec @ f/16 Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens
The original scene was not as vibrant as this last image appears; a National Trust ranger had told me that the setting sun would wonderfully light up the headland behind the Giant’s Causeway. The weather forecast had looked promising but as so often happens towards sunset, a blanket of cloud suddenly appeared to diminish the sun’s rays hitting the cliffs; however this was better than nothing. The image was created by stitching three separate upright photographs of the scene taken on my tilt + shift lens to make one very large image in post-production. As ever, the broken clouds “make” the shot.
ISO 100 113 sec @ f/16 Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens