Guy Davies, EPSA  

Luskentyre Sands by Guy Davies, EPSA

June 2021 - Luskentyre Sands

About the Image(s)

How I Did It:
With all the corona virus restrictions I have not been very far to take many pictures in the last year or so, so I am trawling back through the archives to find something to show. Luskentyre Sands was taken in September 2017 on the Isle of Harris & Lewis off the west coast of Scotland. The Luskentyre estuary is in Harris on the southern end of the island, and is mainly shallow water and sand banks. At high tide most of the sand is covered, but as the tide goes out it exposes large areas of sand leaving just small pools of remaining water. This shot was taken in early afternoon in bright hazy light with a pale blue sky above. It was taken from the road overlooking the estuary using my Nikon D7100 camera with the 70-300 lens set at 240 mm (360 mm full frame equivalent) so you can see it is a long telephoto shot. Exposure was 1/100 at f/16 and ISO 100. You can judge the scale if you look carefully at the bottom left corner where you can just see a sea-bird, probably a gull. Back home in Photoshop, I pulled the Clarity slider back to -70 in the RAW converter to give the smooth, rather dreamy look to the image. I liked the mixture of shapes and the pastel colours with the pools of water reflecting the pale blue of the sky, contrasting with the different yellows of the sand. The thin strip of darker blue at the top is the deeper water of the estuary leading to the open sea.

9 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, interesting set of wavy contrast between the sand and the water poodles, and at the far back the uniform blue band corresponding to the ocean. The presence of the gull gives dimension to the image that otherwise one could not tell how big of an area it is. Indeed the whole landscape is huge, since this only represents a section captured by your telephoto composition. The colors are soft pastel and complement each other.   Posted: 06/06/2021 11:23:53

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I like how the blue pools are interspersed between the sand. It gives me a calm feeling. I am not sure you even need the sky. The bird brings one back to reality from a flowing abstract. The soft colors really do it for me.   Posted: 06/09/2021 12:51:09
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Vella. The blue strip at the top is actually the clear water in the estuary. Seeing it as the sky creates a very different aspect to the image. I might try dropping a real sky in to see how that feels.   Posted: 06/09/2021 14:10:13
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I see that now. It is a very pleasing image.   Posted: 06/09/2021 14:44:14

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Guy, this is a very interesting and, to me, a very soothing image. To my eye the complementary blues and yellows work well together. I have never thought of pulling the clarity slider into the negative range to get a smooth appearance. So thanks for teaching me a new trick. I think you should market this to physicians' offices. It would provide a calming effect in many a waiting room.   Posted: 06/13/2021 18:29:14
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I think the marketing might prove too stressful!   Posted: 06/17/2021 11:49:51

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
An alternative title for me could ne tranquility,I think if memory serves you posted another image of these sands in a similar mode but more wide angle from a different part of the beach a few years ago.
I love the flow through the picture the soft colours so compliment one another the small areas of shadow give depth but are so well handled they do not jump out at you but sit perfectly within the composition the cropping is perfect.
Its both pleasing and soothing to the eye I absolutely love it.
  Posted: 06/15/2021 16:27:00
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Ian, you have a very good memory! I did post an image of a different part of these sands some time ago. It was not given the dreamy effect as it included a couple of buildings and some people, so I left it to be more realistic. Glad you like this one.   Posted: 06/17/2021 11:48:49
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
Loved both of them it was nagging at me there were people in the other but thought best err on the side of caution.   Posted: 06/17/2021 13:49:35


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