I had to opportunity to visit the eastern side of Ireland during my recent visit to this great country. I traveled across the southern side to County Cork to visit friends. They were kind enough to take us on a walk along the Ballycotton Cliffs. There was a spot where one can descend onto a small beach where I found some very interesting rocks of varying shape, texture and color. I initially decided to process this photograph in color but also decided to use a Low Key process to see what it yielded. One of the advantage of the low-key process is the mood and I really liked what it did to the photo. I lost the color of the rocks but I gained a much richer texture and it added a lot more mood to the water and clouds. I guess I still have a lot of the old black and white film left in me.
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This image was taken with my Sony A7R II using my Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 18mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/11, shutter speed at 30 seconds and the ISO set at 50. I used a tripod for stability, a polarizer to eliminate some of the glare off of the rocks and water and my Syrp neutral density filter set on 7 to lengthen the exposure time. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and finalized in Photoshop using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
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