Coastal sun­set

Digital SLR Photography - - Nikon - Lo­ca­tion: PORTH NANVEN B y Helen DIXON

When I was asked to par­tic­i­pate in the cel­e­bra­tion of nikon’s 100th an­niver­sary and to shoot a cover im­age, I felt priv­i­leged to be part of it. De­cid­ing on the right lo­ca­tion for cap­tur­ing a beau­ti­ful land­scape was easy. Porth nanven in Corn­wall would be my firm choice as this is an es­tab­lished favourite amongst the pho­tog­ra­phy com­mu­nity, which made it a per­fect place to be in­cluded in the cel­e­bra­tion! who’d have thought that this tiny cove would at­tract such a world­wide fol­low­ing. Its pop­u­lar­ity meant that the clas­sic views had been cap­tured many times be­fore, so it was go­ing to be a chal­lenge to find a stand­out viewpoint.

a low tide al­lowed me ac­cess to the sandy part of the beach. each tide can af­fect the dy­nam­ics of the var­i­ous el­e­ments of the lo­ca­tion and some­times the di­nosaur egg- shaped boul­ders for which the lo­ca­tion is famed can be ob­scured by shift­ing sand. That is what hap­pened here, which meant I had an op­por­tu­nity to take a more sim­pli­fied com­po­si­tion us­ing the stream that flows down to the sea. I set up my tri­pod and pushed the legs firmly into the flow­ing wa­ter to help elim­i­nate any risk of move­ment.

I nor­mally use a nikon D810 but switch­ing over to the D750 for this shoot was a breeze, it felt like a fa­mil­iar friend with all the con­trols neatly set out and I found it a joy to use!

I used a nikon af- s 16- 35mm f/ 4G ed VR lens at the wide end of the zoom, which would al­low me to cap­ture as much of the re­flected light as pos­si­ble and to em­pha­sise the lead- in line down to the sea and beyond. I added a Lee Fil­ters 0.9nd hard grad fil­ter to help con­trol the ex­po­sure and cap­tured the im­age in man­ual ex­po­sure mode.

Port Nanven in Corn­wall is a favourite lo­ca­tion of Helen's and her ex­per­tise of the area, along with get­ting the best from her cam­era, al­lowed her to cap­ture this stun­ning coastal sun­set.

Helen Dixon is a full- time pro­fes­sional land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher based in Corn­wall. A reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to Dig­i­tal SLR Pho­tog­ra­phy since its launch in 2006, Helen has had sev­eral images pub­lished on our cov­ers. www.he­lendixon­pho­tog­ra­phy.co.uk

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