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We recently visited the Life Boat Station hoping it might be possible to get a final snap in before the station finally went to meet its maker, no doubt to be recycled into tin cans. As of a few days ago, she was in a very sorry state having already been partly demolished. What was left was surrounded by various gantries and heavy machinery.

I hadn’t actually realised, until I looked through my gallery, that in the couple of years since we have been visiting Selsey, I hadn’t actually posted a single image of it.

Very remiss of me and so, a bit late in the day, this is my first and last picture of Selsey Life Boat Station taken earlier in the year when she was still at her best.

Thanks to SLBS and as always, for your interest and support.

Tags:   Selsey Life Boat Station Pentax Seascape Landscape Long Exposure B&W Monochrome West Sussex K1 24-70mm

N 1.4K B 81.2K C 62 E Jun 25, 2017 F Jun 27, 2017
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It is probably no secret that my favorite place on Earth is this remote, rugged, somewhat treacherous, and magical valley nestled just a short distance of home in Durango - Vestal Basin. These peaks have an incredibly strong hold on my soul. Picture this - to get here, I backpacked all of my camera equipment up 6,000 feet on a insanely tough trail. I then woke up at 1 AM to climb up to the upper basin and photograph the Milky Way and sunrise. All for the passion of capturing that one moment I've had nestled in my mind for years. Photography is a powerful driver in my life. I hope you enjoy.

Tags:   Arrow Peak Colorado Durango Grenadier Range Landscape Mountains San Juan Mountains Sunrise Vestal Peak

N 1.3K B 79.5K C 72 E Jun 8, 2017 F Jun 26, 2017
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Ne pas utiliser mes photos sans autorisation dans des sites, blogs ou autres médias. Merci.
Copyright © Thomas Vanderheyden

Tags:   bokeh butterfly colors couleur fauna Faune France Fujifilm insect insecte lepidoptere macro nature papillon picardie proxi samyang 135mm thomas vanderheyden XT1

N 2.1K B 79.7K C 122 E Apr 8, 2017 F Jun 26, 2017
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After a week when temperatures across the UK have hovered above a sweltering 30C/85F, I found myself longing for the chill and fog of early spring, and revisited a shot which I captured at the centre of Richmond Park in early April. On many mornings I'd hoped for calm conditions that would bring heavier fog, and before this particular sunrise the low wind speed and near-freezing temperature near the Pen Ponds created fog so dense that, for a couple of hours, visibility dropped to about 20 metres. As the sun finally crept above the woodland and created various shades of orange and pink on the horizon, I came across the bare branches of an oak tree, and next to it the remains of a broken tree trunk, part of which now lay on the ground. Something about this scene captivated me, so I stopped to capture it.

The image is a blend of seven bracketed exposures, and proved to be a fun editing project because of the contrast between intense foggy light around the sun and deep shadows covering the trees and foreground. I began by blending my exposures using luminosity masks, bringing up visibility of the tree trunks while toning down brightness around the sun. I then refined my own masks in order to select and intensify the fog in the background. This was achieved by duplicating the blue channel in the Channels Panel and using a Levels adjustment to increase the channel's contrast between Darks and Midtones, effectively removing the trees and grass from the selection. After extracting the highlights around the sun using a selection from my Brights luminosity masks, I was left with a selection of just the foggy background, where I blended in my brightest exposures using a combination of linear and reflective gradient masks.

Colour-grading the image was very straightforward, as the mixture of early-morning blues across the landscape and intense warm tones in the sky only needed a little emphasis. Using Colour Balance adjustments with Apply Image as a layer mask, I gave the midtones and shadows a colder finish, and targeted the brighter area around the sun to increase the reds and magentas in the highlights. Setting two low-opacity Colour Lookup adjustments to Soft Light, I then used the Foggy Night preset for the foreground and the Soft Warming preset for the sky.

Using Nik's Colour Efex Pro, I brought out a little of the tree trunks' texture using the Detail Extractor filter, and at the same time softened the detail in the sky using the Sunlight filter, which helped to bring out the hazy glow across the scene when I'd captured it. While I thought that viewers' eyes would gravitate to the sun emerging between the tree's branches, the tree and the trunks among the fog were what drew me to the scene, and I felt it was important to try to emphasise their weathered texture and, ultimately, their "character". There was something hopeful about the colour spreading across the horizon as the sun rose, but at the same time something poignant about a scene that seemed to tell a story of nature's brutality and illustrate how certain things, once broken, can't easily be healed or repaired.

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Tags:   London England UK Britain Richmond RichmondPark Tree TreeTrunk Branches Bare Cold Chill Chilly Fog Foggy Mist Early Morning Sunrise Landscape Alone Peaceful Calm Atmospheric

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Pure drama in the skies over Croome in Worcestershire! The low ridge that runs the length of the park is just high enough to get you that much closer to the cloud base as the weather blows across the Severn valley. The evening light picks out the thicker and thinner pasts of the uneven cloud layer to give the colour range from battleship grey and dark blue through to light pink.

Thanks to everyone who dropped by, it was a complete surprise when this got Explored! If anyone has any idea how Explore works, please let me know.

Tags:   Croome Croome Park Worcestershire clouds boiling rural countryside sky cloud junky trees Nikon D5200 16-85mm.


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