Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK

I took this photo whilst wandering around aimlessly around the town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England.

I liked the symmetry of the yachts as they sailed by. There was a constant stream of boats, sometimes filling the bottom half of this composition with those little white and red triangles from the sails.

I loved the cloud formation in the sky too. Splitting the frame in half allowed the patterns made by the soft clouds to sit nicely against the patterns made by the ripples in the sea’s surface.

Back in photoshop I applied a subtle-ish HDR effect using Nik Software. And using their ‘structure’ facility I was able to bring out the subtle details of the ripples in the sea. All of that enhanced those lovely textures in both the sea and sky.

Sunset photos,East sussex, England, UK Sunset, East Sussex, England, UK


Well, you can’t get enough sunset photos! That’s what I say anyway!! This was taken somewhere in the South Downs, on the road that leads into Brighton. I saw the view beyond the hills that you see on the right was about to fall out of view as I headed south, so I stopped for a break to see if there were any compositions to be had…

This was a bracketed shot with the idea of merging them in HDR software…but with this composition I thought it suited being underexposed and then using photoshop just to bring out the highlights in the grassy area in the foreground.

From a technical photography point of view it reinforces what I have always said, and that is…if it looks right, then it is right. Which ties in with my own view that there is no such thing as a ‘correct’ exposure. What you see in this photograph isn’t what I saw when I was there as it is underexposed as part of a series of bracketed shots…but it is what I liked the best when I saw my raw files back home on the computer….