The beach at Porthleven; 18 Oct 2016.

I tried this image in straight black and white, but the subtle colour of the beach sand and the vast shore defences adds something.  The mist and sea spray also help.

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X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art High Key preset and selectively restoring colour.


  1. We often assume that when there is little colour in a shot, then it can be dispensed with, and a conversion to B&W is a no-brainer. But you are absolutely right in your thinking that the subtle colours in this image are important. The image would lose much of its atmosphere if converted. A great image, Adrian.


    • Andy, thank you very much for your great words! I have sometimes heard / read that some of the more successful colour photos are those with the least colour, and I think that’s true – and it may well be true for both those images actually with little colour, and those where colours have been deliberately desaturated. I am of course very enthusiastic about B&W but you’re right, we often choose to rush down that path when subtle colours might be better. Thank you. Adrian


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