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Rhyl beach at sunset on the North Wales coast #6

Rhyl beach at sunset on the North Wales coast

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The story behind this image

A late evening in May 2007 and it was a rare day on the North Wales coast, with clear skies right down to the horizon.

My wife Liz and I were taking a stroll along the promenade at Rhyl, watching entranced as the sky turned golden to the west, out over the Irish Sea, as the sun dropped towards the horizon.

Too good an opportunity to miss, especially as the tide was out, leaving acres of wet sand and tidal pools reflecting the beautiful colours overhead, so it was quickly out with the camera and tripod to capture some of the loveliness unfolding in front of our eyes.

This image, taken just after sunset, was captured from the beach next to a calm tidal pool, and I included two figures conveniently placed at the water's edge to givre a sense of life and scale to the composition.

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Image data

Filename - rhyl beach sunset 06

Camera - Canon EOS 5D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 47mm

Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f/8, ISO800

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky.

Location - Rhyl, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod, mirror lockup and remote release used to prevent camera movement. Raised ISO used to freeze the movement of the figures with a fastish shutter speed.