Groyne at Blue Anchor Bay

About a month ago, we were lucky enough to spend a weekend with our eldest son and family, at a cottage in Lynmouth, North Devon.  On the way there, we took a scenic route along the coast of North Somerset and I snapped this groyne at Blue Anchor Bay.

Initial thoughts on the image were not promising, but today I was looking for something to try out Silver Efex Pro 2, now that Google have kindly made it a free download.  I stumbled on this one, and found the program pretty user friendly.  I chose one of the presets which gave this ‘grainy’ look, boosted the contrast a little more and arrived at this.

I think it is much more pleasing to my eye that the original colour image.

Groyne at Blue Anchor Bay
Groyne at Blue Anchor Bay

Maybe it is an overly simple shot, being no more than a row of old wooden posts, leading off to the water, and eventually to the coast of Wales in the distance.  There are a few Gulls on the shoreline, and the grainy processing has done them no favours, but I still quite like the final result.

There would have been many alternative ways to present this shot that would have proved more attractive to some eyes, perhaps on a different day to my eyes, but this is today’s effort.

6 thoughts on “Groyne at Blue Anchor Bay

  1. Good image, Dave, and I’m intrigued both that you’re using SEP2, which has long been a huge favourite of mine – and that Google us now providing it gratis. Its the basis of nearly all my b/w pictures and I’d hate to be without it. Yes, the way forward is to select a preset that attracts you, and then to bring it to exactly what you want in the manual controls on the right. Go for it! Adrian šŸ™‚

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    • Thanks. I saw it as a bit of a B&W recovery of an uninspiring shot. Knowing all you fans of Silver Efex, it seemed worth a try. I’m glad I did. Just need to practice some more. Expect to see some.


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