Simultaneously sunny and freezing days are my favourite, the crispness of the air smoothed out by the warmth of our star piercing the atmosphere. That day a few weeks ago when I made this photograph was so cold I couldn't feel anything beneath the knee, but it was okay, because I captured such a beautiful scene.
Featuring our ever un-phased Border Collie Meg, and the bow of a Spanish Galleon washed up on the beach in 1588 during the Spanish Armada's attempted invasion. (Ribs of the ship's main structure are exposed occasionally when sand levels fall). Shot in Co. Mayo, ROI.
(Nikon D750 + Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro) @ 1/1250s f/7.1 ISO100
But there's a touch more to this one, because as you can see this is far from a 100mm field of view. The first photo was of Meg running across the glowing sand, it was gorgeous in it's own right but I wanted to give myself options in post-production so I stopped moving, fixed all my camera settings, and shot a series of vertical shots across the scene. This piece is a 14 photo panorama, with processing to highlight the contrast between the warm, bright left side, and the dark cold right side separated by the ominous silhouetted bow. I particularly love the spray from the waves adding a haze to the bottom of the distant hills.