E.J.Wilkins

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Jacob's Ladders

Taken in January, it was dark and dull, these faint rays of light - I've always called them Jacob's Ladders - appeared for just a moment.

This is a view from near Keyhaven, looking towards Hurst Spit which is a shingle bank with a castle on the end of it. Just over the top of the Spit you can see the Needles. The land to the left is the Isle of Wight, where Chris (Eclectic) lives.

The sea is level, it is the shingle Spit that slopes down from right to left.

I'd been messing with the camera and had the shutterspeed set high for birds, didn't think this would work out at all, but the camera (dimage Z5) did the other settings. It seemed to work fairly well although it's noisy, which is a slight annoyance and something I found happened a lot under 'challenging conditions'.  Now I've got a new camera there will be new challenges.

Please feel welcome to tear the picture to pieces, but gently ...
.....

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

Jacob's Ladders

Taken in January, it was dark and dull, these faint rays of light - I've always called them Jacob's Ladders - appeared for just a moment.

This is a view from near Keyhaven, looking towards Hurst Spit which is a shingle bank with a castle on the end of it. Just over the top of the Spit you can see the Needles. The land to the left is the Isle of Wight, where Chris (Eclectic) lives.

The sea is level, it is the shingle Spit that slopes down from right to left.

I'd been messing with the camera and had the shutterspeed set high for birds, didn't think this would work out at all, but the camera (dimage Z5) did the other settings. It seemed to work fairly well although it's noisy, which is a slight annoyance and something I found happened a lot under 'challenging conditions'.  Now I've got a new camera there will be new challenges.

Please feel welcome to tear the picture to pieces, but gently ...
.....

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (28)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 23 Mar 2007, 00:11
I have no intentiom whatsoever, Ellie, of tearing this to pieces, even gently! There is a definite mood here. I have a feeling it's raining over yonder but HERE, Jacob's Ladders (I like that) are beckoning to climb. I quite like that Chris might be over there beckoning us to come on over. That would be just like him.

So, Ellie, this is a pic for me about feeling something and not about tearing anything to pieces! Sometimes pics just want to be left alone and I think this is one of them!
  • Larry
  • North Carolina
  • 23 Mar 2007, 00:35
Very nice picture; in addition to the "ladders" (great name) I like the spacing of the masts. Perhaps, though, a little more contrast in the sky?
  • Abi
  • 23 Mar 2007, 01:37
Thank you , you just remind me to pick up some filters tommorow
It seems to me a charming landscape¬Ö The tones of blue grays and I also like. ! It is a photo very different from which normally you have in the file. Bravo!
I have to try really hard to find flaw with this one Ellie, but I'll still fail. Even when I compare it with yesterday's 'Best Shot', this is far from being worth 'Tearing to pieces' grin

This is one of those shots which transports me to a different land - the kind of picture which could sell a holiday location - thanx for sharing this smile
  • Robs
  • 23 Mar 2007, 03:53
Those rays are incredible, and all those dark tones are truly amazing. If you tell that this picture is to tear to pieces, then I expect something even better for the future! grin
Great shot Ellie!
  • Raymond
  • o(^_^)o
  • 23 Mar 2007, 04:25
Hello, yes I agree with Rob - ray is incredible :p. Ellie, I've cleared up the matter about our 2 christchurch's, have some more on the way though, so take a gander. wink

Nice photograph Ellie, the gentle mood is beautifully captured. With the rays, it could pass as one of those cards with spiritual words of encouragement superimposed on it. Thanks Ellie, one for my likey's folder. smile

All the best and cheese dip,
Raymond.
Very, very beautifull Ellie
Great picture !!
very very nice picture Ellie ! everything is at its place, the sunshines, the boats, ... great
  • Louis
  • s
  • 23 Mar 2007, 09:30
Excellent and a lovely name for the rays.
  • xavi
  • barcelona
  • 23 Mar 2007, 09:34
MAGNIFICAAAA
Ellie, there is nothing to fault in this image and it has atmosphere and mood. The Jacob's ladder leads the eye to the centre of the shot where you can discern the cliffs are bathed in soft light. The heavy cloud at the top holds the eye in and there is lots of detail and texture in the water at the bottom. The composition and the limited colours and tones work perfectly. Good image!
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 23 Mar 2007, 10:19
Ellie. Photographs that deserve to get torn to pieces get that treatment from me on occasion, as well you know (maybe honesty is sometimes my downfall), however, this photo is well worthy of posting in your blog. The composition is very good, the subtle tones are sublime and the subject matter, is of course what people like to see. The faint rays of weak sunshine are great. I have to agree with Larry as far as the sky goes, it does feel as if it needs a bit of "punching up", just to add a touch more atmosphere and drama, which I think would transform this photo from very good to magnificent. Many kind regards, Neil.
There's not much to tear apart here, and I think tearing apart often has bad consequences smile I have to agree with what your other commenters have said: it's a lovely shot. I love the spacing of the masts and the subtle change in light on the distant hills. I agree that an ND-grad filter would have helped the sky, but you could post-process a similar effect. The only other slightly irritating part that the others didn't pick up on is that the horizon is wonky - an easy fix in post-processing again. But that said, I still love the picture... it emits a nice calm, peaceful feeling smile Have fun, CT.
  • paul
  • 23 Mar 2007, 12:48
I llike pictures like this which are almost monotonal. I know that you have this level and it is the land we can see sloping here but i might have been tempted to straighten it up just to stop people getting the wrong idea smile
Liking it - only small criticism as one of the previous poster has said you have a leaning horizon but this cen be easily corrected. Especially like the tones in this photo.
Hi Ellie,

That's a great image with fantastic tones of grey/green/blue...

Have you seen the film, by the way ? Have a great w-e Ellie ! smile
barely noticed the horizon...its a good capture...
I like the rays of light, Ellie! I used to live in San Diego, and in May/June we would typically see this type of scene on the coast. Didn't notice any "noise" : )
Great atmospheric shot! Your pictures are really inspiring. That's another thing now I want to try too.
Very nice moody picture, I like the pattern on water caused by wind, somehow contrasting with smooth clouds in background - and all these shades of grey are amazing...
beautiful sea tone Ellie!
Ah, I recognise that outcrop in the distance wink lovely Ellie.
Minimalist and sleek! On this screen it doesn't look overly noisy and I really like the gray tones and the simplicity. You must have an in with the weather gods to be able to order up those Jacob's Ladders at will smile
Very nice tones in this one - Thumbs up !!
This captures the subtle beauty of the sky. If the photo were any brighter, I don't think you would get the same detail in the sky, so it's good that it's dark and moody.
I like the mood conveyed here. Perfect.

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