Issue 93 - October 2019
This month water features in all our f11 Member’s pictures, but with widely varying results, which David Noton constructively appraises.
Rob Cronk: At the end of our short tour of some of Brittany (largely in the ‘Cornouaille’ area which is really not all that similar to its namesake 150 miles to the North across La Manche!) we enjoyed a last night at a hotel outside the walled city of St Malo, an easy five minutes from the ferry port – and almost on the beach. The evening shoot was scrubbed as unlikely to deliver – and pressures to be sociable with my wife and in-laws – but an early rise was so worth it. It was one of those sessions that leaves one on a high! Low tide was at 07:00, 30 minutes before sunrise, so the beach was at maximum width with a wide expanse of still wet sand, which reflected the town’s streetlights, the increasing light in the sky, the Fort National on its rocky tidal island off the walled city, and the clouds above. A heavy shower came through to keep it looking moist – I could have done with David Nixon’s patent tripod brolly holder! Much wiping of the Lee filters etc followed, the little used camera mac came out, but the rain relented in due course.
The beach had almost no activity and as the image needed a walker (or runner/cyclist/dog or such like), the camera’s wifi remote app was pressed into service; the next five minutes or so were spent parading up and down the beach in what I hoped to be the optimum area; the app was used to adjust the exposure time, with ISO and aperture, to the appropriate values for the amount of movement I sought – settling on ¼ second.
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