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Youghal Beach #3

Groynes on Youghal beach, County Cork, Ireland

The story behind this image

Who doesn't like walking on a deserted beach in the sunshine?

Especially when sunny days are the exception rather than the rule, which was certainly the case during the week long break that my wife Liz and I took on the southwest coast of Ireland.

Staying at Youghal in County Cork, we ventured up and down this stretch of wild Atlantic coast, but the nicest beach we found was right on our doorstep at Youghal itself.

So a break in the cloudy weather was all the excuse we needed to head down to Youghal beach for a couple of hours stroll along the shoreline.

We had the beach pretty much to ourselves, and I was soon revelling in the photographic opportunities laid out before me.

This scene I found to be particularly lovely, with the play of sunlight on the wet sand punctuated by a line of four decaying groynes, complete with sharply delineated shadows.

Shooting into the sun rendered the scene as a virtual monochrome, so I finished the job in Photoshop, removing all remaining colour and then applying a warm tint to the image to convey the mood that the view engendered in me at the time.

Image data

Filename - youghal beach 03.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 47mm

Exposure - 1/200 sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - None.

Location - Youghal, County Cork, Ireland

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and PhotoShop CC

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation