PCA 173 – Looking Out

PCA 173 – Looking Out
hard rock hits
Image by Donald Macleod
Assignment Number – PCA 173
Assignment Title – ‘Pushing the Edge’
Image Title – ‘Looking Out’

For once, I quickly hit on an idea when I saw the title of this assignment. For me, living on an island means that the edge immediately speaks of the the coast and being surrounded by the sea. We’re always near the edge, with the sea providing a constant boundary. The faint blue shapes just above the horizon are the shadowy hills of mainland Scotland, approximately 45 miles away.

The island of Lewis is mainly made up of Lewisian Gneiss, a hard metamorphic rock, known to be one of the oldest in the world, believed to be over 3 billion years old. The presence of this rock means that much of the coastline of the island consists of steep, rugged cliffs. I thought they would be perfect for conveying a feeling of being at the edge.

I tried various shots of the cliffs but felt they lacked some perspective. I decided to place myself in the shot so set the camera up on my gorillapod and shot with a 10 second timer. I struggled to choose between the colour and black and white versions of this one and between several other shots. I’d be interest to hear your opinions on whether I made the right choice.

I had quite a few out-takes for this assignment. It was a tough choice.

Looking Out – Mono (Really liked the black and white version of this one too.)
Near the Edge (This one nearly made it. It was second choice.)
Looking Over the Edge (Liked this one too.)
Land Sea Sky (Nice colour but a bit boring.)

In another take on the edge theme, our little group of islands are often described as being at the edge of Europe… last stop before America!

EXIF Data:

Camera: EOS 60D
Exposure: 1/320
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100 (auto)
Exp Bias: 0 EV
Focal Length: 10mm
Lens: Tamron 10-24 SP Di II
Exp Prog: Program AE with 10 sec timer
Flash: No

Editing Summary (PSE8 for Mac):

– Straighten the horizon
– Square crop
– Small increase in saturation
– Very slight adjustment to hue
– Sharpness
– Added thin black border (Never done this to a colour shot before. Not sure about it)


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