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The profile of the shoreline along the coast is always changing. Big seas rip the sand from our beaches and then rips and currents drag it out to sea, often exposing reefs and rocks that were previously covered with sand. I found these rocks sticking out of the sand at a local beach called “The Cliff” (in New South Wales, Australia), in Autumn 2014. There are many rocks along the shore there now, that were previously totally covered by sand in the 1970’s and 1980’s and maybe much later on.

The original digital photograph was captured with a Canon 450D and a 55 – 250 mm lens:
F-stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/1000 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-100
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 55 mm [ on a 55 – 250 mm lens ]
WB: Sunny
Aperture Priority

The image was imported into Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 where a texture was added to tweak the colours of the photo, giving it some pastel hues.


beach, sea, seaside, south pacific ocean, the cliff beach, australia, newcastle, new south wales, sand, water, suburbia

I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor14 months ago

    a lovely piece of work my friend – superb colours and treatment. well seen indeed

  • Hi Maggie, long time no “see”! :-)) This is a stretch of beach which I surf at regularly now that I have reacquired that addiction in the last few months. Thanks for your feedback, it’s always appreciated. :)

    – reflector

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroe4 months ago


  • Thanks for your great feedback Robin! :-)

    – reflector

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castro4 months ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you!

    – reflector

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodbury4 months ago

    Fantastic work James – Love it xx

  • Thanks Gail, very much appreciated! :-)xx

    – reflector

  • Donna19
    Donna194 months ago

    This is beautiful art James

  • Thanks Donna! :)) I have so many textures that I could have used – I chose this one for the pastel colours which it added to the image.

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evita4 months ago

    Great treatment, beautiful work James!!!! ☺♥

  • Thank you my friend! :))♥xox Some images “hold” a certain texture really well – so it can be applied without it looking too heavy and dominating the photo too much.

    – reflector

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