Right-to-Left : Tantallon Castle, Port Hole View, Tantallon Entrance, Panoramic Composition, Shadows.
My photo of the day was really a toss up, between the Bass Rock, Tantallon Castle, Port Hole View, Tantallon Entrance. In the end I went for the Bass Rock shot as it was one I’ve been wanting to take for a long time, and I think it was actually the best of the bunch anyway. Tantallon Castle is a photo I liked if only for the colour and clearness of the sky. It really made the image stand out (in my opinion anyway) but the reason I didnt chose this as its a pretty “standard shot”. I know Bass Rock is just a “standard shot” too, but it means a bit more to me personally – and I think its a better composition.
Port Hole View was a close second, I couldnt really tell on the camera, but it’s not as sharp in the foreground as I’d wanted, and the background is a bit too fuzzy. I was shooting in the direction of the sun, which wasnt going to help the exposure of the background – perhaps at a different time (earlier in the day maybe) the sun might have been in the other direction and allowed a better shot. This is definitely one of my favourite shots – just a ashame it didnt quiet come out as i’d wanted it to.
Tantallon Entrance is a result of me playing with Photoshop, although it doesnt look like it, it was shot at about 1.30pm. But playing with the gamma settings in Photoshop gave it a really nice look – although admittedly I was just playing around, and wasnt trying to style the image like that intentionally! The reason why I didnt pick this one was because maybe it was too editted – I think I like the idea of playing with the camera settings to get the right shot, instead of using photoshop to make a lot of corrections.
The Panoramic Composition was the result of my not really liking any of the images on their own – their composition wasnt great individually, either too much sky, or too much sea or in the case of the beach shot – too much shadow in the foreground. But by cropping each image and turning them into panoramic shots really did work well. I really do like this final image – and might actually be one I print out. I do need to spent a bit more time on each of the images, making them the same size (each image is slightly different height) for a start! But hey, its Sunday, its dinner time, and the SuperBowl starts in a few hours!
Finally, Shadows is just a mess around shot really that I like the desaturated image off. Again, the lighting at North Berwick gave us extra long shadows which I thought looked pretty cool – but when I got home the shadows weren’t as sharp as i’d have liked and the colours were a bit washed-out, so a bit of playing gave the above result. Not really a fantastic shot, just something a bit more fun I think!
Really enjoyed today, having the chance to get outside more than anything! Maybe just need to perfect the art of getting these shots quickly – especially in this weather as I often found the wife had gone on without me to try and keep warm!
Wow, bit of a long post – they won’t all be this long thats for certain! Thanks for sticking with it (if anyone did!) Feel free to add a comment or any suggestions on how I can improve these shots!
Feb 3rd edit: I’ve re-done the Panoramic Composition now – it was far to easy to fix, so I’m a bit embarrased I didnt bother first time round! So I’ve removed the old image and put the new version up – also as promised, I’ve printed it out and its now hanging in my office.