This image began with one idea but then became something entirely different as I processed it. Initially wanting to include a larger element in the foreground, I realised the image needed nothing else and worked well as it was. I liked the combination of the blue and the gold colours, which always work well together.
The final image is comprised of two separate images – one of the sky and the other of the beach. At the processing stage, the trick was blending the two together in a reasonable way. The figures on the beach were retained as they gave a sense of scale, and also acted as a point of interest upon which the eye can rest.
Imagine leaving home on a beautifully warm and sunny day, getting half way to your destination and then finding yourself in thick fog which lasted the remainder of the day; that was my experience today when I went across to the east coast. The moral of the story? Always check the weather forecast before leaving home.
Anyway, I decided I might as well try to put the presenting weather conditions to good use and when I spotted these three people walking across the beach in the fog, I wondered if there was a photograph in what I saw before me. This image was the result of that wonderment.
On a mad whim one day two years ago, I decided I was going to drive down the coast to Northumberland and photograph Bamburgh Castle. It took me hours to get there and I spent the rest of the day and evening walking along the amazing beach, photographing everything I could find. The light was wrong for getting the ‘classic’ shots of the Castle, and only really got better as dusk began to fall – at that time, I captured a lovely blood red sky at one end of the beach, while the harvest moon was rising at the other end. It was a fantastic day and one I will never forget.
This was one of the images I made that day. I saw this elderly couple sitting on deck chairs on the sand dunes, quietly reading their respective books. Although I was reasonably close to them, they were entirely unaware of my presence. In the original version of the photograph, the sky at that time was azure blue and very clear – not a good one for photography – and the light was flat, if lovely. In this reworked version of the image, I added in a new sky on a separate layer, using a variety of blend modes to get the feel I wanted and to try to bring out something new in the image. After that, I worked on the grasses in the lower part of the frame to try to use these as a frame for the figures and to add some texture and interest in the foreground. A little dodging and burning later, the final image was complete.
The day I made this image, I had travelled to a little beach over on the east coast. It was a stunningly beautiful day and despite the brooding sky, it was very warm and quite humid. I had watched this cloud very slowly moving across the sky and it was really that which I wanted to capture but I needed to wait for some people to come into shot to give a point of focus. Once they were in the right spot, I hit the shutter button and the moment was captured.
I have a thing for clouds – I just love them. I love watching them, and I love photographing them. Each one is completely unique and never to be repeated. They are also incredibly beautiful.
This one was a fine example and I watched as it moved very, very slowly across the skyline above Gullane, on the East Coast of Scotland. I was captivated by it and wanted to make an image of it. The couple in the image were perfectly placed, I thought, and added a sense of scale to the scene.