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Here’s something a little bit different from me. I plan to experiment this year with a lot more abstract type work. And with that in mind I started to experiment a little over the last few months of 2011. This image was taken during my visit to Donegal last September. I was out shooting an amazing sunrise at Rathmullen Beach. The golden colours on this morning were simply beautiful and the way the light reflected off the rocks really captured my attention. It was a relatively calm morning and I spent some time almost in a trance watching the ebb and flow of the waves gliding over the rocks near the shore.
I wanted to capture some of that movement while also taking in the beautiful golden colours reflecting off the rocks. I used a Circular Poloriser to manage the harsher reflections upon the rocks and a 3 and a 2 stop ND Grads to allow me to slow down the shutter speed to 4 secs. The slower shutter speed was long enough to allow me to capture the motion in the waves without loosing form and shape as it washed over the rocks.
Of course the other difference here is the Square format. I am fascinated with this presentation, harking back to the Medium Format days and would like to consider shooting more square compositions in future. Indeed the last time I presented a square format with Yellow on Green back in October 2010 and it proved a very popular image.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Exposure: 4 sec
Focal Length: 27mm
ISO Speed: 50