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Stepping Stones
22-April-05 8pm

Stepping Stones

Dorking, Surrey, UK

The Stepping Stones are an ancient crossing point, that span the River Mole, Box Hill, Surrey, and it's apparently a spot you're quite likely to encounter an elusive kingfisher or one of the colony of rosewinged parakeets that has become established nearby.

There was alot of cloud this afternoon but really strong light, I had a few hours spare, so I went in search of this place which I have read about. By the time I battled the (near) rush hour traffic, the sun had gone behind cloud, and it had become quite overcast. The light was quite bright, but behind cloud. Bit dissapointing as strong light would no doubt of made this more dramactic, but cloud cover did give very soft light, which works quite well in black and white.

One of the major problems I have been having with my D70 is exposing with a good tonal balance particularly in strong light. Exposing for the sky often makes the other parts of the image under exposed, and visa versa getting the other elements (i.e foreground) exposed blew out the skies. I had been making bracketed exposures and merging them, but thatís one big pain in the ***, and I often ended up putting off p. processing for another time. So I invested in a cir-polarizing filter, (and looking to get some ND filters too) Iíve not had a chance to use it in strong light yet, but it did allow me to use lower shutter speeds this evening at last light. In conjunction with + ev exposure compensation I got this 30Ē exposure, which gave a really nice tonal spread, the histogram was well spread out, but still missing some highlights, which I adjusted for in p. processing to bring them up a bit. The long exposure also got that special landscape-esque blurred water effect that all the magazines love so much! :)

I might make some more adjustments to the stepping stones to bring out the mid tone detail a little more and make them a little more prominent in the scene!

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kyoung kim photography14-May-2006 07:43
Christina Craft28-Apr-2005 18:55
I can't get over the highlights. Spectacular!
C. White23-Apr-2005 12:43
Excellent wow this has a great feeling to it. Great in B&w
Sam Yates23-Apr-2005 09:32
This is stunning. I've heard about them, but never got down to have a look.
You could tell the hotel about this as it would be a great shot for their portfolio, go down well with their wedding couples - very romantic.
Steven Jusczyk23-Apr-2005 02:56
Eerie and breathtakingly nice.
jude23-Apr-2005 00:22
Such a clear and serene photo.. using B&W is perfect..
Very technical! I feel sooo much like I have no idea what I'm doing since I'm not like that!
JeremyGood22-Apr-2005 23:55
Slow shutter speed with a c-pl filter, I shall have to try this!
Thanks, beautiful image.
bandito22-Apr-2005 23:35
Fantastic capture - love the slow shutter effect and tones. Great job.
Ray :)22-Apr-2005 23:24
What a superb use of the slow exposure. I never knew about all this - such an informative caption.
Blair Hawco22-Apr-2005 23:05
Great Capture.