The evening I made this image, I had spent around six hours on this beach. Within the first hour, I had decided that what I wanted was a dusk shot, so I began the waiting game. And it was worth it. As dusk began to fall, the light changed dramatically, the colours in the sky lit up and reflected beautifully on the moving water, catching the crests of the waves and painting them with flecks of molten gold. I had been photographing out to sea when I happened to look round and saw these two men walking out on the quayside. Praying they would stand still long enough for me to make a good exposure, I was delighted that they did, and the image was made.
My recent trip to Northumberland reminded me to go and take a look at some of the images I made there last year. On doing so, I rediscovered this particular image, which I always liked. I decided to re-process it and try to do something different with it. After toning the image in Lightroom and doing some basic processing in Photoshop, I added a texture layer then did some dodging and burning. I quite like the result.
It was thanks to Gavin that I got the shot of the rescue cabin at the causeway leading to Holy Island. He had spotted the potential of the shot on the way in and everything else was really a prelude to getting that shot. Consequently, I wanted to make an image of him while he was photographing the rescue cabin. A straight single exposure, it was converted to monochrome and then toned in Lightroom, with some finishing work added in PhotoShop.
Lindisfarne – or, Holy Island – is famous for a number of things; as a very early (635AD) centre of Christianity, courtesy of Saint Aidan; as a popular place of pilgrimage in the present day; and for it’s causeway. The causeway has been the downfall of many tourists to the little island with it’s population of less than two hundred people. The reason for this is that the causeway floods twice each day with the tide, leaving the island entirely cut off from the mainland of England. Unfortunately, not all visitors realise this. For those stranded on the causeway itself, this little rescue cabin stands resolutely perched above the encroaching waters.
This was a long exposure of 220 seconds – making the image, this amused me because during that time, a number of cars, vans, motorbikes and people walked through the shot; thankfully, because of the long exposure time, none of them showed up in the final image.
After reaching Holy Island, we walked around the little harbour, where we found this derelict boat looking forlorn at the edge of the sand. It was perfectly suited for a very strong composition. Working on the image in post-processing, I desaturated the colours of everything except the boat itself, making it even more dominant in the final image.