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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Sweet Shot Tuesday 1801 - Clevedon Pier

Firstly I'd just like to thank everybody for the phenomenal response to my SST image last week and all the kind comments I received. I have been wondering how I would ever match the feedback I received and I have decided not to even try to. I will just show the work I have created and hope it captures the imagination.

Most of my SST posts recently seem to have been based around the North Somerset seaside town of Clevedon and this week is no exception. The weather was blowing true to form and it the day was grey and overcast with bouts of heavy rain. Visitors to the sea front were few and far between and I wanted to capture an image that somehow reflected the weather and the lack of souls out by the sea.

This image of Clevedon Pier shows the flags at full stretch and maybe half a dozen people braving the wind to take a stroll out along its length.

I liked the idea of having a little colour in an otherwise grey picture which would help to portray the greyness of the day. To achieve this I used GIMP to select the chap in the red jacket and performed an inverse selection enabling me to de-saturate the remainder of the image. To bring out the features I added a little sharpen to help high-light the detail. Finally, in order to make the Pier closer to the foreground, and to get rid of the bins and the scaffold on the right I cropped the image with the result as below.

I played with various textures and graininess but I decided that there was so much to see in the Victoria superstructure I would have been a shame to hide the detail.

Camera: Panasonic
Model: DMC-FZ8
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/50 sec
Aperture: 7.1
Focal Length: 


  1. thanks for the comment! i love how you made that last photo b&w and had one little person in red! great shot!!

  2. love it! It truly depicts the cold wet windy day that it was but the colour just gives a little warmth..

  3. Oh I love your edit! The red really stands out, its great!

  4. What a great picture. I love it. You do very nice work. : ) This picture made me miss the beach and summer time in general!

  5. Your photography is beautiful! Neat shot!


  6. Wow, I really love the selective color!

  7. Very cool. I love any pictures by the water & this is no exception. Love the red sweatshirt. Love the ?turquose? of the flag, the gate. It's great in b&w too.

  8. Oh, it looks so cold! Really, really cool shot! I just love those old piers and this one looks a bit fancy when you reach the end of it.

    Erika B

  9. Great shot Kevin! Sorry I'm so late in getting to visit your SST post - busy with summer hols and visiting family.