Ocean Rapids Pagham

November 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Ocean Rapids Pagham FinalOcean Rapids Pagham FinalOcean Rapids Pagham

This shot was taken was taken at the entrance to Pagham Harbour, Sussex, UK. Where the picture was taken there is a sandbar across the Harbour Entrance so as the tide comes out the water is channelled at high speed. It then hits this Groyne supported by large rocks and pours over it like rapids. The effect is especially pronounced at a high spring tide which it was on Monday when the picture was taken.

To see the exact location go to the picture on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/10721609856/in/photostream/ and click on the location on the right to see a map

Thanks to friend and Bognor Camera Club member and flickr contact Roger Crocombe for a heads up about this location at a Club workshop on Landscape earlier this year. Roger has some great shots, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/dailyshotz/

The picture was taken with a Tripod with a Sony A550 with a Sigma 10-20mm zoom at 20mm. I used a BW 10 stop filter to reduce the light and get a 2.5 second exposure for the movement.

The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2EV  for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied.  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs. 


Outputted in Photomatix using Fusion natural settings


The image was brightened with a brightness contrast adjustment layer.

In Photoshop Topaz Adjust was used with detail 1 settings to add more detail with a layer mask used to remove the effect from highlights.

Curves were used to enhance

Saturation reds were used to bring up the red on the marker only using a layer mask.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and standard sharpening with Unsharp mask.

Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 28 amount and 28 radius. This effect was removed from highlights using a layer mask.

Crop for better composition.


Below are the Before and After images. First the original image. Then the tonemapped image and then the final result.

Original at 0EV

Ocean Rapids Pagham OriginalOcean Rapids Pagham OriginalOcean Rapids Pagham

Tonemapped image

Ocean Rapids Pagham TonemappedOcean Rapids Pagham TonemappedOcean Rapids Pagham

Final Image

Ocean Rapids Pagham FinalOcean Rapids Pagham FinalOcean Rapids Pagham

For Licence see Ocean Rapids Pagham

Edwin Jones


No comments posted.

My latest eBook published 10th May 2015

A beginners guide in plain English

Understand Camera Final CoverUnderstand Your Camera Understand Your Camera

Understand Your Camera Amazon

Also checkout

Compose Better PicturesCompose Better Pictures Cover









Compose Better Pictures:Amazon UK

or Compose Better Pictures Amazon com

See my Photos on flickr here Edwin Jones Flickr


Taking Pictures for HDR

Zoom Burst in Photoshop


Photomatix 4.2

Photomatix 5

Timer Remote Review

Wireless Remote Shutter Release Review


Topaz Adjust



Get a 15% discount on Photomatix. Follow a link in one of the Photomatix reviews above and enter EDWINJONES as the coupon code.


Enter your First Name and Surname and email address to subscribe to updates and news



We respect your email privacy