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A classic view

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There are some scenes for which sunrise and sunset are just not suitable and this is one of them. It's a much photographed and classic view over Rhossili Bay at the end of the Gower peninsula. At this time of year, the Celandines are out and the Gorse is in flower to add a bit of colour to the scene. The sun has to be fairly high in the sky to shoot this view otherwise the shadows block up the valley which directs the eye towards the distant scene. A perfect blue sky with a few fuffy clouds is needed to contrast nicely with the yellow sand and flowers. At dawn or dusk these elements just wouldn't be there. A polariser has helped to reduce reflections from the sand and deepen the blue of the sky. This beach was recently voted the best in Britain and its not hard to see why. It stretches for over a mile towards Burry Holm and is never crowded. This was taken with a 17-40mm lens on a Canon 5d Mk 11 with a Lee polariser and was hand held using a shutter speed of 1/100th sec at F11.