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A Splash of Colour, St Mary’s Lighthouse, England by David Pratt

St Mary's Lighthouse in the north east of England is one of my favourite locations in the world to take photographs. Being on the east coast it works for sunrise; and being an island with a tidal causeway it works at sunset too - either with the fading light shining on the lighthouse, or at low tide shooting back into the sunset, silhouetting the lighthouse.

On this particular evening (5th May 2018) I was paddling in the sea shooting the lighthouse as the warm sunshine gently illuminated it over my shoulder.

There were few clouds in the sky to provide interest so I focused on the rocks and seaweed for interest.

I used a graduated ND filter to gently darken the sky to help balance the exposure and allow me to extend the shutter speed to smooth out the waves and simplify that aspect of the composition.


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Camera Nikon D850
Lens Nikon 24mm f/1.8
Aperture f/16
S/S 10sec
ISO 64
Additional Notes Sirui R-5214 XL tripod with Markins Q20i ballhead - NiSi ND Grad soft filter.
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