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Devon Hartland Quay #13

Shoreline rock formations at Hartland Quay, Devon, England

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Coastal scenery doesn't come any more dramatic than this!

During our two week holiday spent exploring Devon and Cornwall my wife Liz and I made several trips to Hartland Quay on the Atlantic coast of North Devon, absolutely captivated by the huge cliffs, dramatic rocks, surging seas and superb light on offer.

A large car park, restaurant and toilets also added to our appreciation of this wonderful location!

This particular visit was timed to coincide with an ebbing tide slowly revealing those fearsome shoreline rock formations, in order for me to shoot the hundreds of still images needed to make my Hartland Quay Timelapse #4 video.

Once I'd finished shooting the stills for my time lapse I wanted to end the session with a flourish, so with the tide fully out and the scene bathed with diffuse light from the clouds above, I took this final exposure, using my 10 stop ND filter in conjunction with a 2 stop ND grad filter and a small aperture to give me a very long 30 second exposure.

This long exposure had the effect of calming the restless sea and blurring the moving clouds above to create a rather ethereal effect, which I further emphasised in post processing, converting the image to a duotone.

A scene this this deserved some special treatment I think!

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Filename - devon hartland quay 13

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 23mm

Exposure - 30 secs @ f16, ISO100

Filters - 10 stop neutral density filter used to increase the exposure time in order to blur the movement of the water and clouds.
2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky.

Location - Hartland Quay, Devon, England

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod, remote release and mirror lockup used to prevent camera movement.