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This image originated from the palette of photos I captured when working on v2
of my Spirits in the Woods panel. I was experimenting with one idea when I
saw potential for another, and took things in a different direction.
I've done a quick write-up showing the
stages the image went through.
The Needles is a rock formation on the western tip of the Isle of White. As a
tourist attraction it's a busy place at peak times - but not so much on a late
This image came from three bracketed ±2 shots at f/8, combined using
Luminance HDR before being taken into Paint Shop Pro X for some quick
Some photographers claim to only take photographs for themselves, and it's a
bonus if others like them too. This isn't a viewpoint I completely subscribe to,
but I do tend not to explain my images - preferring to let the pictures set the
scene for viewers to interpet in their own way.
With that in mind, all I will say here is: this piece is not as disordered as it
might seem; it's all deliberate. The one bit that didn't work out as I wanted is
the sky area - one day I'll create a revised version to put that right - but
the rest is as intended.
Thinking in terms of versions of an image is a technique I'm finding useful - it
allows me to complete images whilst accepting they aren't 100% how I'd like. Far
better to consider an image as the first iteration than to have it remain
unfinished and unseen by anyone else.