The beach at Porthleven, Cornwall; 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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Technique: 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. Yes, the colors are really nice – very atmospheric and to me, it’s something of a departure for you. I think it’s the mist and the wide angle. I don’t know. 🙂


      • I’ve been reading about and seeing ads for Barbour stuff in catalogs (mainly Orvis) for years and always liked what I’ve seen, though I’ve never taken the plunge personally.


        • Traditionally, Barbour was always THE water/windproof jacket for farmers etc, and also much beloved by the upper classes, the country set, status symbol kind of thing, and the older and tattier the better (but was that the jackets or the country set themselves …? …). Today Barbour has gone into lighter, more stylish jackets.

          From my birding days, I have a 3/4 length, heavyweight Barbour with a detachable hood, and it is heavy and exceedingly tough, but however bad the weather its simply 100% protection. Its actually a shooting jacket, with special pockets with drain holes into which bleeding corpses can be stuffed >>> I remember buying it, and the salesman making much of how it interfered not one little bit with the raising of the shotgun – until I told him I was a birder, when he shifted effortlessly into the raising of the binoculars!!!

          I suppose my jacket – which I haven’t worn for ages – is a dinosaur, its rather greasy and smelly although its clean, but it is a superb, 100% functional, garment. 🙂

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          • As I said, I’ve never owned a Barbour, but I’ve always liked the look of riding coats and, during my first trip to Australia, came to like the ones I saw there very much. On my second trip there I bought a Drizabone, which is also made of waxed cotton. It’s odd to the touch but unsurpassed in nasty weather. I keep it at the lake in northern MN, and it does come in handy!

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