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Beach and clouds #6

Cloud and reflection on Talacre beach, North Wales

The story behind this image

I love photographing dramatic weather conditions, and the beach at Talacre on the North Wales coast is a great location for cloud spotting.

On this particular occasion the cloud shapes and patterns of light and dark were so dramatic that I made the sky the whole emphasis of the photo, with the beach forming just a small border at the bottom of the shot.

By the way, that glistening surface that was reflecting the drama of the sky above wasn't sand, but thick, gloopy estuary mud into which I and my tripod were slowly sinking.

Disgusting I know, but worth putting up with to get a shot like this.

Image data

Filename - beach clouds 06.jpg

Camera - Canon 5D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 20mm

Exposure - 1/13sec @ f16, ISO100

Location - Talacre, North Wales

This image - 533x800px JPEG

Conversion - ACR & PS-CS2

Comments - ND grad filter used to balance exposure.