This second photo in my ‘Dusk at Mentone Pier’ series really capitalised on the choppy waters that provided the opportunity for capturing silky water through long exposures.
As you may have noticed through viewing the rest of my RedBubble folio, I have a tendency to publish both black-and-white and full-colour versions of the same images, as I often can’t decide between the two. This particular image was different, however: the colours laid some unwanted lines of dark blue across the silkiness, detracting from the effect that I was looking for. The colours also took something away from the texture of the wooden piles. So for once, the choice was easy: black-and-white!
Coincidentally, I have also refrained from adding sepia toning to this black-and-white image (unlike many of my other black-and-white photos), for similar reasons described above… in particular, I felt the ‘pure white’ tone of the silky water made it look more like the pier was sinking into a cloud.
For the technically inclined: HDR image was generated from three exposures (+/-2ev), enhanced in Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz Adjust, and then desaturated in Photoshop.
There are a total of four images in this series… please take a moment to view the other three below by clicking on the images:
If you like the ‘Dusk at Mentone Pier’ series, you may also be interested in Dusk at Middle Brighton Baths #3…