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Ness pier

Mal uses an infra-red filter with great effect- I had to invent something here and folded a sheet of ND (neutral density lighting gel used in film/tele) until it was eight thicknesses so I got down to 23 seconds exposure! The waves were actually splashing twenty feet above the wall, but didn't show on the film! Taken on medium format/provia and scanned. Had to correct the whites in photoshop, but little else.

Ness pier

Mal uses an infra-red filter with great effect- I had to invent something here and folded a sheet of ND (neutral density lighting gel used in film/tele) until it was eight thicknesses so I got down to 23 seconds exposure! The waves were actually splashing twenty feet above the wall, but didn't show on the film! Taken on medium format/provia and scanned. Had to correct the whites in photoshop, but little else.

comments (8)

  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 21 Jan 2007, 00:41
How incredibly inventive of you, David. It's a great shot. Mal has great photos that seem to be inspiring a lot of people. I don't use a tripod maily because I don't like to carry too much stuff but am seriously reconsidering doing otherwise to try and get photos like this one. I especially like the water coming down the stairs. Just beautiful!
David from the Hebrides: Thank you, Suzanne- like you, I never use a tripod, thinking it spoils spontaneity, but very occasionally it can be useful, as in this case. I have worked in television all my life, so pinched the ND from the Lighting van!
  • Jose
  • 21 Jan 2007, 00:44
This shot fascinates me. There's something about it's tonality and softness that makes me think of the early days of colour photography. It could be a painting almost.
David from the Hebrides: Thank you, Jose- your appreciation is very important to me. This happens to be one of my all-time favourite images of my own, and is one of very few that looks good printed large, and you are right- it then looks like a painting!
This has a magical quality to it - like you say it has the look of a painting. So much movement.
Lovely. Worth all the effort - and nice to see people still using MF and film.
David from the Hebrides: Thanks, Eddie- and keep taking care during your night shoots, the resulting images are well worth it!
A great shot indeed ! Your management of speed and lights is perfect : Bravo !
David from the Hebrides: Thank you- it was very difficult doing it in a storm!!
  • mal
  • 21 Jan 2007, 19:33
If indeed I were fitted with buttons David, you have just pressed the lot of them. There is a soft ethereal feel to the image, giving this almost painted feel. Photogaraphy and our likes and dislikes are always subjective but this is one of my fave images that I have seen on shutter ever. Mal
David from the Hebrides: Thank you very much, Mal. As I said elsewhere, this is also one of my own real favourites- the one worrying aspect is does its basic quality come from the fact it was on medium format with a beautful lens, that I no longer own! Much as I love the facilities available with digital, is a great big negative and German glass still superior?!
David, if I came across this painting at auction I would put a bid in !
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
  • 23 Jan 2007, 16:40
Wasn't sure about this the first second I saw it, but I now simply find it mesmerising and can't take my eyes off it. Superb. Has a soft quality I haven't seen before. 10/10
David from the Hebrides: Thank you for the praise, it's my own favourite too, and I put most of its quality down to (A) using medium format/film, and (B) using a tripod for once in my life!
  • nev
  • Aus
  • 24 Jan 2007, 15:25
What a shot David. this is a visual feast. so many different touches the ethereal staircase and the touch of green on the right, the muted tones in the background. just beautiful

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camera Rollei 6008
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed unknown
aperture f/0.0
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 80.0mm
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