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Image of the Month: April 2015

Who says you can't take cracking shots in winter? Have your camera at any time and you can get some great photographs as club member Stuart Hartharn demonstrates with this beach pic which we've made our Image of the Month. The picture also drew praise in a recent club competition. Stuart explains why he took it.

This image was taken mid December at Marske-by-the-Sea looking south towards Saltburn Pier. I found myself with a few hours to kill in that area and had gone down to the beach earlier in the day but the light was flat and uninteresting and the beach deserted.  

By two o’clock the sun put in an appearance and the walkers were out. Being December, by this time the shadows were starting to lengthen and I liked the combination of the shadows the sun and the sea fret. Without the walkers there would be no picture.  For me there are just enough people (and dogs) to add interest to what would have been a large empty space.

The picture was taken on a Canon 20D (a pretty old piece of kit) and a Canon 80-200 zoom of even older vintage ( mid 1980’s) which goes to prove that you do not need fancy new stuff to capture a decent image. Shutter speed 1/320s, aperture f8, 100asa. The focal length used  was 170mm. It was quite windy and the lens is not image stabilised so I used a tripod.

Other than cropping and levels adjustment not a great deal has been done in Photoshop Elements. However, following the judge’s comments I have tweaked the alignment so that the pier no longer seems to be going uphill.

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