“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” ~ Paulo Coelho
On the last day before we all packed up and headed home from a brilliant week shooting along the Jurassic Coast for the Dorset Photowalk 2013 I had a chance to spend a few hours shooting with the very talented Athena Carey and we decided to take the short walk to Lulworth Cove. Shortly after arriving we spotted this likely spot over looking the cove, and the Dorset coastline beyond. I’ll not mention who was more out of breath after the climb up here, but it wasn’t Athena 🙂
I have been considering investing in Canon’s superb 24mm Tilt-Shift lens for some time now and Athena was gracious enough to lend me hers for this shoot. And so here is my first and, as of right now, only image from a Canon 24mm TS-E lens. Everything I have read about this lens is true, it is impossibly sharp with a level of detail right into the corners that is simply astonishing.
They don’t call it the Jurassic Coast for nothing. From our high position we were able to look down and follow the ridge line, as if it was the spine of some ancient dinosaur into the cove and out to the sea beyond. I ended up shooting 3 shifted images which I stitched together in post. While the day itself was extremely calm I wanted to portray some of the emotions from the entire week out there and so used some heavy ND filtration to extend exposure to 3 1/2 minutes, and then applied a Black and White treatment later in post.