My Photo Blog - CPM Photography

October 9th 2016.

Well, This is something new for me. Like most things in life...it will in all probability go
"pear shaped" 
Still...I will try to do my best and narrate my photographic experiences, pass on a little of my meagre knowledge and endeavour to spell correctly.

Please be gentle with me, that is all I ask.


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Sunday 9th October 2016.
Today I went back to basics. I started my photographic journey on landscape/seascape photography and somewhere along the road I got diverted into photographing the urban scene. I love urban photography and the challenges it brings with it, but, for today I wanted to go back to what I know and do best.
6am and here I was at Scalby Mills, situated in the North Bay of Scarborough. (Scarborough has 2 bays, but that's for another day). Apart from the lights on the promenade and the glorious sky on the horizon,  the darkness was almost complete. No way could you get a correct exposure using the camera in manual, or auto mode as they are limited to 30 seconds. I did not want to lower the "f" stop and I certainly did not want to shoot with an "iso" higher than 200 because of noise and graininess in the shot. So, with camera firmly anchored to my trusty tripod, I set the camera in "Bulb" mode and used a remote shutter release. This enabled me to have the shutter open for as long as I wanted...So, stop watch in hand (mobile phone), I guessed at 2 minutes at f11 with an iso of 160. And this is the result. 

Sunday 9th October 2016.
Sometimes it pays to turn you back on the horizon and see what is behind you.
It's surprising how light it gets within minutes on a morning. This shot was taken 20 minutes after the on above and already it is light enough to go back to manual on the camera and also have enough light to bracket my exposure. 

The image is made up of 5 separate exposures. One exposure set to optimal and then 2 over exposed  by 1 stop and 2 stops. Then 2 under exposed by 1 stop and 2 stops.
The optimum exposure was set up as f11 : iso 160 @ 50th second.
All were then merged in Lightroom (tone mapped) to give me the maximum gamut over exposure, Brightness and Shadow manipulation. With landscapes & Seascapes  I tend to stop short of the full HDR effect as this can be over kill on essentially soft subjects.

This is the final effect and worth the effort.

Sunday 9th October 2016.

"There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope."

I found this poem or quote on the net and I thought it was so apt. I love the break of day when everything is new and at peace.

Right...down to business. This image is actually a panorama of two images stitched together. I took 2 shots to get the width of the picture without any distortion from a very wide angle lens. I also wanted the pool of water to be smooth with no ripples from the wind so I did this by increasing the exposure time by using a ND (neutral density) filter. It's a bit like looking through very strong sunglasses, everything is dark and so the camera has to make a longer exposure to let enough light in to form the picture. In this case it took 8 seconds to complete each shot. The camera was once again set at my favourite settings. Manual mode. iso 160. 8 seconds @ f11.

  • Cliff Miller

    on October 9, 2016

    Thanks Jean John.

  • Jean John

    on October 9, 2016

    Stunning!

  • Cliff Miller

    on October 9, 2016

    Thank you Isobel...I'll give it go.

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    Isobel Embleton

    on October 9, 2016

    Well done Cliff :)

  • Cliff Miller

    on October 9, 2016

    Thank you Robi. Your very kind. I'll endeavour to find out how you subscribe to this page...Regards Cliff.

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    Robi Janovski

    on October 9, 2016

    Congratulations on your new blog, Cliff! Glad to see you move from FB as well as there are so many folk on there that just don't get photography and think it's enough to buy a smartphone or a camera to become (or call themselves) a photographer! SmugMug is new to me, so I hope to figure out if & how I can subscribe to your feed so I get to see your new work and read about your photographs. I may as well join one day...