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I wanted to try my 2 new Cokin filters. Cokin 671 and Cokin 668, both gradual colored filters i´ve found for 5€ each on a really great tiny photography store in Lisbon. Both used but in an excellent condition. ( [link] This is a link to google maps showing the location of the store. It´s in the building in the middle of the map )

Yesterday I found some free time in the afternoon, and went to the beach. Get away from the stress.

I saw this rock buried on the sand, and made me remind a photo I took some months ago in Peninha - "Birth" because it really seems like something breaching from the belly of Mother Earth.



I used a tripod and a cable trigger for this one. This way I could achieve really nice results. Yesterday I´ve tried the same kind of photo but without a cable.. the photos turn out all blurred.

I´ve buried the tripod really deep in the wet sand because if I didn´t each time a wave came, the tripod would move.

I´ve lost my ND8 filter so I had to wait the sun go down to decrease the shutter speed. Only used a normal GND4 to gain more tonal range and darken the sky.

I used a technique I haven´t used for a while. The Cokin 671 was fixed in the filter holder. But I handheld the 668. Each time I pushed the button I moved the filter up and down in front of the lens, so the violet color could spread all over the photo and could not be noticed that easily, not like the red one that you can easily see on the sky. The mix between the red and violet result in a really cool sky color.

Canon EOS 350D
Sigma 10-20
Exposure time 1,3 secconds
F 5.6
ISO 400

Post-processing: PSCS3 Levels, contrast, sharpening, watermark tittle.

This time I didn´t used a plastic bag like I use to, to protect the camera and lens. I didn´t get my material wet, but i´m finding some rusty screws on my camera. Most of my photos are taken near the sea, so I have to find a solution 1st to protect my camera more efeciantly and 2nd to get rid of that rust. Any suggestions?

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metabochan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
What a amazing picture! really nice
neohawk182 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot :thumbsup: ;)
burning-paper-hearts Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
You really did an amazing job.
If I hadn't read the artist's comment field, I wouldn't have known that the "creeping fog" were actually splashes of waves.
cheers on that!
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Thanks mate, glad U liked it.
Thanks for the support.
kkool Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010   Photographer
Wow this is fantastic great idea mixing the colours. I thought it was natural ;p Hey mate I noticed you have the same lens as me. I used to use my Cokin P series on another 62mm lens and I was wondering what series cokin filters you have cause I'm pretty sure they wont fit my new 77mm lens. If you can help that would be great :D
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
cokin P series ;)
kkool Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Photographer
thanks a lot mate :hug: It fits with a tiny bit of zooming ;)
ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
You used a cable, very good and indeed it's having much better results. Just wanted to say a selftimer is doing it too with me :D

Great use of the filters, I love it and I hope one day I can find and use filters like this too.

Great view, indeed you can compare this photo with the other Birth, hehe.

Yeoman2b Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Philip,

You have been featured here : [link]

Have a nice week-end,

R-Desert-Rose Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
love the pic
i liked that its not so sharp but also maybe if it was sharp it would of gave it more depth.
regarding the red effect was amaaing its what made it stand out
regarding what to use to protect
well i carry a towel although thats not the how to solve it but it does help
another thing is chack this one it might help in some way
Funtoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Artist
I have featured your piece here [link] :heart:
trinkaus-cc Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
JosCos Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
This shot is beautiful! Wonderful use of the cokin filters! I love using them myself :)
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Thanks so much dear***
cairo485 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
Reading how you did that puts me to shame, your a REAL photographer lol. So much can be done in photoshop these days but its fantastic seeing and hearing about a photo done in camera. Really really impressed and inspired :)
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Thanks so much my friend!
MrMahoo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Griminau Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
This is real magic.... man, WOW!
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Thanks so much my friend! ;)
A-yashi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
i'm your fan since now xD

e...há alguma edição na foto?
ou essa é a original? ^^
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
É a original. O céu ficou vermelho e os tons da pedra meio azulados/roxos devido aos filtros (da Cokin serie P) que usei. Foram baratos e fizeram um bom resultado, um pouco fora do normal o que faz muita gente não gostar da foto, mas foi apenas para experiencia. Bj*
A-yashi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Apenas uma experiencia?

ficou lindo :aww:
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
beautiful shot! such amazing colours and atmosphere to it
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Thanks so much my friend
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
welcome :-)
dansch Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
featured in my news article link
DorotejaC Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic colors.

Lucy-art Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazing landscapes feature: [link] :heart:
OctodogPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:faint: Words fails me... this is just so beautiful.
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Thanks so much dear friend
mynias Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
O rosa/roxo do céu, o azulado da pedra... a perseguição das cores, sempre perfeitas. =) *
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Superb composition. And great selection of shutter speed. But f5.6?? This should be at least 8-16 to get everything in focus (and then you can drop the iso back to 100). The filter gives a unreal effect. Great spot and overall...killer photo :-)

PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
Thanks mate.. and yes I know the specifications were wrongly selected. I have use them in some photos before still in day light, and forgot completely about the F number being so low. But since the main object is well focused I upload it ;)
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Awesome. Hopefully you were able to sharpen the image to get a decent print. I've def made the mistake of not checking settings before. :-P
ironmanbr Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Gorgeous! :)
massalo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008   Photographer
bem tecnico :) adorei!

tenho o mesmo prob com os shots ao lado de agua salgada, e ja perdi uma maquina nesta brincadeira (ao tirar este: [link]) e desde entao protejo quase sempre a camera com a tshirt que tiver na altura. não é uma proteção ideal, mas já dá :)

PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Pois, a minha ja começa a ter ferrugem nas partes de ferro onde passa a fita de por ao pescoço e em alguns parafusos em baixo da maquina. Vou tentar passar um produto antiferrugem e a ver se limpo aquilo. Mas já sei que kk dia vou ter que substituir por outra... não ha maquina que aguente a àgua salgada.

Thanks pelo comment ;)
hugogracaphotography Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
seainside Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
Wonderful :clap:
Thanks for sharing the techniques
Lucy-art Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your photo is featured here: [link]

dwth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 38th .:wave:
cimmx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fg tu es demais :P
MorganElfan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
[link] featured :heart:
DiogoIfrit Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008   Interface Designer
E novamente, conseguiste fazer um trabalho espectacular. Parabéns. :+fav:
Evilien Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
Very very beautiful picture, once again! But I'm not 100% convinced about the violet colour..

I also want to thank you for sharing your technique and telling us about all the stuff you're using. So many photographers won't tell anything how they make their pictures so amateurs like me just stay clueless :-)

Still, I have less knowledge about the techniques and filters you're using so I hope one day you can explain me by showing me for real, when I'll be in Lisbon again :) And then I'll check out that shop too hehe! :-D
1uno Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008

Here --> [link]
1uno Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Amazing work and interesting 'making of'. :D

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