Giant's Causeway

16th June 2009

The Giant’s Causeway is among the most photographed landscapes in Europe and probably the world. Naturally as a landscape photographer I wanted to get a new and fresh approach, which isn’t an easy task in a place like this.
The cliff formations to the east of the Main Causeway are among the most spectacular on the planet and are a main feature of the Giant’s Causeway area. So the simple idea was to wait for a calm summer evening and put the columns of the causeway and the cliffs into one image.
I am not a friend of extreme wide-angle images but here I had no choice and thankfully it isn’t too obvious. The main problem with this image was to balance the exposure and getting the water blurred. The sun was about to set just outside the left border of the picture, hence the almost blown highlights there. The right part of the image was rather dark in comparison.
Two grad filters – one hard edge and one soft edge – and some mean interference with the curves at the processing stage were necessary to get the exposure balanced. In addition I used a grey filter to prolong the exposure time and get that blurred look of the water. This excessive use of filters caused some serious corner shading – a typical wide-angle problem – and made some more hours of processing work necessary.
But in the end it was worth the time - in total around 4 hours - and resulted in an image that is as close to perfect as possible.
However it is not my favorite from my recent trip to the North. So watch this space.

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