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This is La Courtine, one of the most beautiful cliff I’ve ever seen. La Courtine is part of the amazing rocky coast around Etretat in Upper Normandy, France, altogether known as Les Failases d’Etretat.

I took this picture last August, on a very windy – as usual over there – late afternoon.
I wanted to have the sea looking as much smooth as possible, but I was in full daylight, as it was around 19:30 hours. Even with the overcasted sky, and even full stopping down the lens, the exposure time was only 1/2 seconds, a too fast time to move the sea surface.

Using a polarizer and a 8x ND filter I gained 5 more stops, obtaining therefore, with a slight over-exposure, 20 secs of exposure time. Finally, I used a graduated filter to darken the sky, while keeping a correct exposure on the cliffs and the sea.
This allowed me to give the sea surface a watercolour paint look, and I also obtained a slight movement in the clouds, thanks to the strong wind.

I hope you enjoy it, thanks for dropping by.
Paolo

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Comments

  • igotmeacanon
    igotmeacanonover 6 years ago

    brilliant photo, great description of your techniques used

  • CinB
    CinBover 6 years ago

    beautiful! lovely composition, fantastic work.

  • Kenart
    Kenartover 6 years ago

    Stunning

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 6 years ago

    Great photo!!

  • Dave  Miller
    Dave Millerover 6 years ago

    makes you wish that you were walking along the cliff that evening – beautiful

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullnerover 6 years ago

    Another superb shot Paolo…the mix of colors are brilliant..what a view..!!

  • margieacosta
    margieacostaover 6 years ago

    Dramatic. Brilliant contrasts between land and sea!

  • Luke Meers
    Luke Meersover 6 years ago

    incredible stuff. great techniques used to create a stunning image. love the lighting on the cliffs

  • Kirk  Hille
    Kirk Hilleover 6 years ago

    Stunning shot , great colors

  • KEITH  R. WILLIAMS
    KEITH R. WILL...over 6 years ago

    absolutely brillant

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