ARCHIVE 219 – THE TIDE COMING IN (MONO + COLOUR)
March 9, 2016 6 Comments
This is the view vertically downwards from the end of the pier, looking down on the surge of clear water across the harbour’s golden sands. The network of froth on the wave’s top casts shadows on the sand below, which remind me of the shadows seen below clouds from an aircraft.
This effect is also seen on the sand which this wave has yet to reach, where very small remnants of froth from previous waves (e.g lower right) give the effect of a landscape sparsely dotted with cumulus clouds seen from a satellite or very high flying aircraft.
D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 70mm; 400 ISO; converted to mono and selectively re-coloured in Silver Efex Pro 2; rotated 90 degrees anti-clockwise and then horizontally flipped.
UPDATE: I like this. Reintroducing colour to an image processed in black and white has made it look just a little strange and unreal, but that’s more than OK with me – bring it on!!! And Time – ever raging forward and making me (us!) older every day – raises its sobering head in two ways. First, I can’t believe that over three years have passed since I shot this. And second, it was also over three years ago that I last made my “workstation” (I use that word in its very loosest sense) shake, rattle and roll in a place of work – I have been retired for over three years, and although oodles of cash are always nice, I have not the slightest inclination ever to work again!
Many are apprehensive about the prospect of retirement and I can quite understand why, but I do recommend it. It can be quite a change extracting oneself from the “rat race” and the “work ethic” (although I’m not too sure I got that far into the latter) but, unlike a visit to the dentist, this has for me been a relatively painless extraction. The only aspect of work that I miss is the intellectual challenge of having to programme my way through complex information requests – the vast majority of which emanated from the dear old UK “Government”.
So what has all this got to do with sunlit and tide-swept Cornish beaches? Well, not a lot maybe – except that Natural things like these beaches are really very good, almost unfailing in fact, at taking your mind off all the other stuff.