D300, a lighthouse, and slow shutter (CC Welcome)

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mshetzer
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D300, a lighthouse, and slow shutter (CC Welcome)
Jun 4, 2011

I snapped this a couple of nights ago in Maine at the Portland Head Lighthouse. I processed it a little heavier than I normal do, and wanted to get some thoughts on it.

Thanks for the CC.

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I think it is very beautiful and very natural looking
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In reply to Gale Bizet, Jun 5, 2011

Thanks Gale. My concern is it looks over processed. After staring at an image on the screen for an evening, you loose track.
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In reply to mshetzer, Jun 5, 2011

I like it a LOT!
Super composition.

Over processed?? That could be argued. It looks half way between a photo and a painting and I like it.
Bet it would make a gorgeous big print!!!

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Very nice, certainly not over done to my eyes.

Maybe a bit more shadow?

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Fantastic light and very good composition. Congrats.
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Look's like an HDR image pushed pretty high, I like it.

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I used a 2 stop split ND on the image. I guess that's "Old School HDR".

Thanks for the feedback on the image.

Matt Shetzer

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Look's like an HDR image pushed pretty high, I like it.

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it is a great image, make sure to make a large print of it to do it justice

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In reply to mshetzer, Jun 5, 2011

I like it a lot. Doesn't look overprocessed to me. I see a little distortion that can be corrected if you want to nit pick.

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Beautiful shot! Did you use a hard or soft edge ND filter?

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In reply to agc1976, Jun 5, 2011

Great image Matt and no, looks great, and not over done at all.

Beautiful in fact. Congratulations.
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In reply to mshetzer, Jun 5, 2011

I like the composition and the execution (use of the GND), I could see lengthening the exposure by adding an ND filter in order to smooth the waves out even more. I don't see any objectionable distortion -- the lighthouse and horizon for instance appear straight. I would set the WB substantially warmer, add some contrast, and burn the brighter parts of the lighthouse and adjoining building; maybe a little negative EC to the RAW file prior to conversion would do the trick for both the blown highlights and the overly bright (to my eyes) shadows.

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Pat,
I used a soft edge 2 stop, and set the line below the lighthouse.

Matt

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Beautiful shot! Did you use a hard or soft edge ND filter?

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Awesome capture. Superbly done. Thanks for sharing.

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In reply to Tony Beach, Jun 6, 2011

i like it but would "warm" the rocks a little.
Dont touch the water or the sky. - perfect

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In reply to mshetzer, Jun 6, 2011

I think the lighting is uniform across the scene. The rocks in the foreground are just a tad bit overexposed. Lowering exposure of the fore ground and warming up the tops would make the image more believable. With the sun setting on the left, I would darken the upper right portion of the sky just a tad. Come to think of it . . . the whole image is seems just too blue. It looks like an HDR . . . to me.

Just my humble opinion.

If this was my image I might do something like this.

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brettchris wrote:

Dont touch the water or the sky. - perfect

It's all a matter of taste, I think both the sky and water look too blue.

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Thumbs up here.
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In reply to cdrross, Jun 7, 2011

Nice shot, I live a few hundred yards from the lower right corner and have taken literally hundreds of shots of Portland head light. Yours is composed well and is an excellent capture of the many varied light-scapes this location provides. The variance in colors from dawn to dusk and season to season continue to make this one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world!
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