New Brighton Shadowlines

After visiting Meols (see yesterdays post) I decided to drive a little further along the coast to New Brighton to continue experimenting with my new 9-stop ND Filter.

I couldn’t decide whether I preferred the colour or mono versions of this image, so I’m sharing both:

New Brighton Shadowlines 1

New Brighton Shadowlines 2

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

13 Responses to “New Brighton Shadowlines”

  1. Scott Marshall

    lovely picture – but not sure where you got the benefit of the 9 Stop with this Mark? I have yet to mess around with long exposure and would be very interested in your settings? Of the 2 shots the mono for me is the strongest – with the shadows and sky looking great

  2. Chillbrook

    I love the way the shadows lead you along the path. It’s a difficult choice Mark but on this occasion, I think I’d go with black and white.

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Adrian…..I think I agree with you, but I liked the colour version too, so posted both.

  3. Mjollnir

    Great photo Mark but I definitely prefer the B&W. Congrats on Leanne’s post about your work btw 😀

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks mate…..I think I prefer the B&W version too. Yep, pretty pleased with Leanne’s post 😊

  4. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    On this occasion I like the colour better.
    The top of the sky in the B & W looks too dark for what is essentially a light-filled scene. (but it could be my poor eyesight too – lol – I’ve been reviewing many of my own B & W over the weekend).

    Either way, I like the shadows of the guard rail in the composition leading your eye into the distance.

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Vicky…..that’s an interesting observation. The darkening of the sky in the mono version was a deliberate choice in post processing, because I felt it added more moodiness and drama to the scene……but I admit to being a little unsure about that myself.

  5. onathaniel

    Nice work. I hadn’t heard of an ND filter before you posted this. It was just a few weeks ago I was wondering if such a thing existed. It’s now on my gear wish list.

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks. There are a few to choose from – mine is a circular Hoya NX400. There is plenty of information out there on the web, but essentially your choices are between 1) circular or square format 2) ND, ND graduated or ND variable 3) what strength – basically from 1 stop to 10 stops. Filters are one of those areas where you definitely pay for what you get (mine was about £30-£40) but they range from about a £10 to well over £100.


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