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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.

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