Day three of our trip took us to the rugged seaside town of Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast. Took us a little under an hour to drive here. Got to the car park and the weather was not kind to us. It pretty much rained all day on and off which made getting any usable images a little tricky. The above image is a five shot panorama i took of part of the coastline of Ilfracombe.
The above image does not really do it justice , its a fantastic location for some long exposure seascapes but on this day it was raining and windy which makes long exposures difficult. The lens was always getting water droplets and the tripod was being buffeted around in the wind. I decided to try a technique i had seen before to create a long exposure effect from a series of still images.
As you can see from the above image the sea starts to soften and give a long exposure effect. This i did by setting my camera to shoot high speed frame rate hand held to take a bust of several images in quick succession. In post i took the images into lightroom processed one image and synced the rest to give the same look, at this point still all in colour as i then took the images as layers into one photoshop document. I auto aligned them then made a slight crop, selected all the layers and converted into a smart object. In the layers menu i then went to Average and then mean, this then takes all the images and produces something akin to a long exposure. In hindsight i think i should have used more images to produce a longer shutter effect. But in a pinch it works.
Although the weather was poor Ilfracombe was a great place to visit, rugged coastline , small shopping area, bars and cafes , the harbour area , on a good day you could do boat trips to various locations including Lundy Island which i do fancy doing one day if i ever return.
The harbour area is the home of the Pregnant Lady Statue that caused a lot of controversy in the local area with some saying it was not appropriate for a Victorian Seaside Town , what ever your views its a impressive piece of art.
After another cream tea we headed back to the Bungalow for a well deserved rest and to dry out! ...................