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Marsden Bay, South Shields

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Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 4 March 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is Marsden Bay in South Shields looking towards Camel's Island (just separated from the headland).

This started life as a five shot HDR processed in Photomatix, it was further converted to black and white with Nik Silver Efex. I was pretty struck by the level of detail under the cliffs.

PENTAX K100D 1/500 second F/6.7 ISO 200 18 mm

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Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Fascinating...the rocks in the foreground look like drops of oil on water!

4 Mar 2010 5:06am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

interesting hdr, it almost looks out of this world.

4 Mar 2010 5:14am

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

Wow, now that's what I call a b/w landscape shot. The clouds add a lot of drama!

4 Mar 2010 5:42am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Superbe vue avec un beau N&B

Bonne journée

4 Mar 2010 6:32am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

a grand one, real nice texture

4 Mar 2010 6:43am

Faramarz from Tehran, Iran

wow... i like it

4 Mar 2010 7:05am

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Wonderful, a bit ominous!! Great job!

4 Mar 2010 7:10am

Luis Ameller from Menorca, Spain

A very cool result from the processing combinations. I must admit I tend to turn HDR's into BW... don't really know why, though!
Great job!

4 Mar 2010 7:54am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Lovely to see. Nice rocks!

4 Mar 2010 8:16am

k@ from Paris, France

So crisp, i think i could grab a pebble right now and throw it, super sensation !

4 Mar 2010 8:30am

Gregory Kowalski from Beijing, China

Very nice.. composition.. and framing by itself.. Love this the vast expanse in the front of my eyes.. i can always feel freedom.. when i see so huge space..

4 Mar 2010 8:41am

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Really outstanding!
It's great in B/W!

4 Mar 2010 8:47am

Spike from Bristol, United Kingdom

I like the tones and details in the foreground cliffs. I'd have been tempted to work on the clumps of seaweed a little, maybe a bit of burning or contrast-stretching to distinguish it from the rocks.

With some trepidation, because I know you like to create a painterly look, while I'm very firmly in the "realistic" camp...

It's a matter of taste, and of what you're trying to achieve, but for me the sky doesn't work on two levels. First, it doesn't make visual sense to me in that it's darker than the line of cliffs and the sea that it should be illuminating; second, the contrast pulls my eye away from the cliffs and beach where (I think) the real interest lies.
I'd love to see this one with the sky brighter and more muted.

I don't know how you feel about Photomatix's characteristic halos (beside the cliffs) and pools of light and shade (on the beach). It's an interesting effect with some subjects, but a bit of a pain if you're going for a realistic look. For the latter, you might like to take a look at Picturenaut (which is free), or EssentialHDR or HDR PhotoStudio.

Your mileage may vary, as they say :-)

4 Mar 2010 9:11am

@Spike: Actually, looking at the originals, that area of cloud above the cliffs is quite burned out and over exposed, not a result of the light smoothing which was set medium to high for this. The light and shade on the beach are of my doing, dodging and burning, (perhaps in inappropriate areas.) Thanks for the links, I'll have a good look.

Charles B. from Mably, France

Traitée ainsi, cette image dégage une ambiance fantastique et surnaturelle...

4 Mar 2010 9:33am

Bernardo from Spain

Una foto con un tratamiento dramático. Bonita composición.

4 Mar 2010 9:44am

@Bernardo: Muchas gracias por su observación

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

A great work. I like shapes and textures.

4 Mar 2010 10:20am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

Quite the dramatic result you achieved!!! great detail.....i've played a little lately with converting to b&w.....but just don't know "when to quit"......with the contrast, etc.....

4 Mar 2010 11:09am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

I do like HDR in mono,very dramatic !!

4 Mar 2010 11:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Sandstone? Looks very similar to the rocks on the Moray Firth with those lovely strata lines

4 Mar 2010 12:26pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great details in the foreground. I like the light.

4 Mar 2010 12:28pm

DLee from Fanling, Hong Kong

Very dramatic! Excellent processing!

4 Mar 2010 12:36pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This pp treatment definitely gives it a primeval feel Curly! Well done! ;-)

4 Mar 2010 12:46pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

It's really amazing!

4 Mar 2010 1:40pm

Florence from Paris, France

To make a long story shot : 5 stars.
Strong and powerful seascape, enhanced by your great processing. incredible. I would love to have it on my walls. Thumbs up.

4 Mar 2010 1:45pm

Erika Melisa from Singapore, Singapore

woah! this is epic! love this shot.

4 Mar 2010 2:43pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

This has the look of fine pewter - wonderful detail, Curly.

4 Mar 2010 3:52pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Outstanding POV. I love the sky.

4 Mar 2010 4:06pm

Julie from Easton, United States

The detail is just amazing, and nice choice on the b&w!

4 Mar 2010 4:19pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Amazing... a breathtaking picture! You're doing miracles with HDR! :)

Greetings... Magrat

4 Mar 2010 4:26pm

chuck from valdosta,ga., United States

WOW ! Good one here Curly. A good candidate for the combination of b&w and the processing you usually do. I think its a good range of tone all the way across. Fairly balanced out. Maybe a touch heavy in the sky, but still awesome.

4 Mar 2010 4:36pm

alex centrella from California, United States

lots od texture here... well done processing .. i think the sky is over done..

4 Mar 2010 5:00pm

T.h.o.m.a.s. from Paris, France

very nice landscape and good B&W !!

4 Mar 2010 5:57pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

WOW so dramatic especially the clouds and the detail is simply amazing

4 Mar 2010 7:05pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Curly,
It is a giant spectacle. The whole scene comes through the color selection, great expression. For that I give you 5 stars *****
I wish you a pleasant evening. Dear greetings Christel

4 Mar 2010 7:24pm

GH from Ker, France

These blacks and whites are dramatically magnificent.
Is it about an assembly? What would deprive nothing of the strength of the image.

4 Mar 2010 7:34pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Yes, the tumbled and polished rock has some great detail to it. Works very well in B&W.

4 Mar 2010 7:36pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

love the detail...you're also tempting me again to buy some more Nik gear!

4 Mar 2010 7:40pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful seascape

4 Mar 2010 7:45pm

Peter Knoop from Antwerp, Belgium

The details are really stunning. We have the same workflow (Photomatix + Silver Efex)!

4 Mar 2010 8:14pm

Bor from oviedo, Spain

a like it!! it´s great!!

answer your question: No, I use an action

4 Mar 2010 8:22pm

@Bor: Tal vez hay un mapa de degradado en la acción, el efecto es muy agradable. Es bueno saber de usted.

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

you've got some super shots on your site. quite surreal in places.

4 Mar 2010 8:32pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

I really love that coest line, nice

4 Mar 2010 9:06pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Wow Curly, this is a impressive landscape. Love the B&W here. Great shot!

4 Mar 2010 9:08pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars, for the processing

4 Mar 2010 9:32pm

pascal from bollene, France

I wish to see your Hdr's in big size........

4 Mar 2010 9:38pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Eerie but very striking processing!

4 Mar 2010 9:56pm

extremephotobob from Patra, Greece

Very nice pictures on your site! 5 stars!

4 Mar 2010 10:10pm

QUIM from Lisboa, Portugal

A superb B&W!

4 Mar 2010 10:48pm

Tomix from landerneau, France


4 Mar 2010 11:05pm

Angela Anderson-Cobb from Detroit, United States

So much gorgeous detail. I love your B&Ws!

4 Mar 2010 11:10pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Very nice..

4 Mar 2010 11:14pm

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States

The HD works really well with this shot.

5 Mar 2010 12:01am

Martin from North Platte, United States

rocky shoreline indeed, not a bare foot type of place is it... Beautiful shot Curley, yuo should be very proud of the work your putting out, I Love it

5 Mar 2010 12:03am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful HDR processing. Great detail seen in the "strata" of the cliffs here. And I'll second what Martin said about the detail seen in the rocky shoreline that it's not a barefoot place to walk.

5 Mar 2010 1:42am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

These cliffs are gorgeous! I'm impressed with the detail in the foreground! Amazing rocks and plenty of textures! :)

5 Mar 2010 3:08am

Kate from Guelph, Ontario, Canada


5 Mar 2010 3:16am

Yaite Batista from Miami, United States

amazing texture

5 Mar 2010 4:02am

Steve from Atlanta, United States

Very nice...I rather like the look of the ominous sky. If it were too light I believe it would take away from the scene

5 Mar 2010 4:18am

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

Like a planet surface far far away - for me pure science-fiction - brilliant! :-)

5 Mar 2010 8:36am

Manubhai from Bangalore, India

gr8 shot...magic in the image...

5 Mar 2010 10:42am

Henrik Herskind from Copenhagen, Denmark

Congratulation with your new "Moon gray" skin, which I only left because of the weak color of the Title text on the Home screen (apparently because Am3 need a link for community purposes, and they don't want to change the coloring).
This B&W HDR picture is of my liking, because of the many fine grey tones as opposed to the contrasts in the extremely sharp colored HDRs.
I've heard many prasing tones on Silver Efex. I happen to own DxO Film Pack which includes also a number of B&W options, so hope I can get by for a while without the Silver Efex?

5 Mar 2010 12:32pm

@Henrik Herskind: One of the benefits of Nik Silver Efex is that you can create your own styles and save them as presets for one click editing, a boon!

Marie from FRESNES, France

très beau en noir et blanc.

5 Mar 2010 2:05pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I like this shot best from that beach series - very balanced and I´m not too overwhelmed by the details in colour ;D looks like a modern etching, lovely.

6 Mar 2010 6:04pm

saeed from amol, Iran

End of the world

22 Jun 2010 7:29am

1/500 second
ISO 200
18 mm