Find a new perspective
THERE’S A FAMOUS LINE familiar to every pantomime audience: “It’s behind you!” Sometimes, as photographers, we are so focused on the scene in front of us that we had meticulously planned to shoot, we might miss an opportunity that’s staring us in the back of the head. Luckily, when Mark McNeill (instagram. com/markmcneillphoto) set out to take a recent shot he remembered to check all of the available angles.
“This image was take from Perch Rock, New Brighton, on the Wirral. The idea was to capture the lighthouse and the sea defence that curves out from the shore, but when we arrived the sun was still quite high over the lighthouse making it very difficult to capture. I walked out to the sea defence and turned around to see the striking red cranes at the Liverpool docks standing out against the blue sky. The sun that was making my planned shot all but impossible was illuminating them beautifully. There were clouds moving past the cranes that I wanted to capture. Using a 3-stop neutral density filter and 0.6 grad filter I managed a five-second exposure after several attempts, with the water soaking just about everything.”
We are delighted to add that just before Mark sent us this wonderful landscape shot he enjoyed some fantastic success in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, where one of his images was awarded ‘Highly Commended’. You can see Mark’s astro photograph on page 16.
Above Neutral density filters are must-have kit for every budding landscape shooter.