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Image of the Month: December 2014


This image entitled Cathedral Cove was taken on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula by club member Celia Sharp. It's drawn praise from judges in recent contests, so we've made it our Image of the Month. Celia explains the inspiration behind taking it.

Cathedral Cove is only accessible at low tide, by walking through a gigantic arched cavern which tunnels through a headland of white rock and gives the cove its name.

Inside the cave, its height and sheer magnificence certainly does resemble a cathedral nave. Using extra flash, I could reveal the white rock in all its glory. So when considering a shot looking from the inside out at the cove beyond and using the opening of the cave to create a strong triangular frame to the photo, I was tempted to up the flash again. But in doing so, the intricate detail of the rock distracted from the sheer brilliance of the sea and sky, and bleached the view of the cove.

I preferred this alternative with the rock and the figures creating black silhouettes, contrasting strongly with the pristine white, vivid aquamarine and the misty haze thrown up by the surf. I adjusted the amount of cave shown in proportion to cove and positioned the horizon on a third.

The stack in the bay worked well on a third rather than centred as did the right-hand edge of the stack being parallel to the right-hand edge of the cave entrance. The figures happened to be standing just at the entrance as if on the base of the triangle; they soften and add interest to the horizontal line created by the floor of the cave. The left corner of the triangle neatly frames the stack and the figures and leads into the rest of the photo.

Interestingly, the cave and cove were used as the tunnel through which the Pevensie children first re-enter Narnia in the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

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