Magical mossy. Snowdonia
Social Distancing. Llyn Padarn
Wet n' Wales. Snowdonia
Now here’s a thing, taken from exactly the same spot as my last photo I had a dilemma about it’s colouration, I have no problems here with leaving it in colour, but why. It’s all to do with the dynamics of the waves, the movement in the water. As with all my seascapes I look for the interaction of the sea, and from that I choose my aspect ratio. Here I’ve decide it suited a 16:9 as this image is all about the wispy waves just beyond the rocks as such the bottom of the photo did nothing for the images as opposed to the last photo where I felt that other photo was all about the sweep of the wave up the beach. Now the foreground sea suited the split toning I was going for in the last photo so it was a no brainer to stay with it.
Oh the dilemma, colour or black and white. Now a talented photographer would have come away from this shoot already knowing what their intentions were in colouration. To be fair most time’s I do, but sometimes I get an image and it’s not to obvious. I will plug away at the colour processing, trying to get the temperature, saturation and split tones right and then I’ll come to noise reduction, a moment of doubt. You see, holding alt while moving the noise slider in LR takes the image to monochrome, as Adobe in their wisdom think a b&w image makes noise clearer to see. It’s in this instance you get a moment of clarity, well not so much clarity a moment of what if. So you take a virtual copy and look at some bnw profiles, I usually flick through the b&w colour filter set to see the best fit. I have a load of colour filters which I used in my b&W film days, yellow for clouds, red to darken that blue sky and green to lighten than foliage, so to have the same in the digital darkroom is great. I used to do my B&W conversions in NIK silver EFEX pro, but I started to feel this introduced more noise, probably down to my heavy handed use of the tool, you know what they say about a poor craftsman blames his tools. Now I have the colour and b&w in comparison windows in LR and stand back, oh the dilemma.
A quick unplanned visit to Anglesey the day before we left North Wales was well worth it. It the first time I had visited the island and the little bit I saw I was greatly impressed. It looks a very nice place. We drove along to Penmon point and Trwyn Du lighthouse. Probably the wrong time of day and tide to be taking photos of this classic Lighthouse but as I did not plan a photographic outing the few photos I took were a bonus. This would be a super place to come for a nice sunrise at low tide. With the sea and a different coastline in front of me starts my creative juices. I love the sea it is in my blood and sometimes (just sometimes) I take it for granted but most of the time it takes my breath away. On the headland is a local tog @palombellahart_photography who I had a wee chat with. On one of my photos I tried a 200 second exposure, he did not move a muscle, that’s real concentration for you. Check Mark out, he takes some cracking photos of the area.