Lighthouse from last weekend

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Carl Ibbet
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Lighthouse from last weekend
Apr 24, 2012

I would love any constructive feedback, to help me learn

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In reply to Carl Ibbet, Apr 24, 2012

This is a shot of Corbiere Lighthouse, Jersey, Channel Isles.
Shot with a d90 and Tamron lens 18-270mm. f16 - no tripod due to the wind!
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In reply to Carl Ibbet, Apr 24, 2012

Considering the lighting... you did a terrific job in my opinion!! I wouldn't change a thing. It would be interesting to shoot this exact scene at sunrise or sunset.

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In reply to Carl Ibbet, Apr 25, 2012

Carl Ibbet wrote:

I would love any constructive feedback, to help me learn

I would love to be able to provide some, but not in a million years would I be able to do as well. Stunning! Thanks for teaching.

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In reply to Mako2011, Apr 25, 2012

Everything works for me. The lighthouse is icing on the composition cake. The foreground detail is just so good. Thanks for sharing and great ad for the apparently underestimated superzoom.
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In reply to Carl Ibbet, Apr 25, 2012

That is an awesome shot! It shows a lot of drama.

It is really well framed, although I almost feel like there needs to be slightly more sky above the lighthouse. I'm not sure why.

Fantastic.

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Dramatic picture, very well done.

I would love to see the color version.

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In reply to Carl Ibbet, Apr 25, 2012

Wow - I was not expecting anything that positive - so thanks for all your kind comments and suggestions.

I have made a note to get back there around sunset as the lighthouse is in the westerley direction, so it can provide very beautiful sunset opportunities. Interestingly, I cropped a little bit of the sky out, as it was just plan blue and kist looked like a large white area once converted to b&w.

btw - I have had nothing but good experiences with this lens and find it a good all-rounder. I only use one other lens in fact from time to time - a 50mm macro and between the two of them they cover off my requirements. I don't even use the niko kit lens that came with the camera, as i have found the tamron delivers as good results and has more range obviously.

Once again - thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback, it has made my day.

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In reply to Carl Ibbet, Apr 25, 2012

It's a very good composition. The selective color ruins it for me.

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In reply to Carl Ibbet, Apr 25, 2012

I live next to the sea, and this photo really works for me, the composition is very, very good, the foreground and background add interest, but concentrate the eye on the many colours of the sea itself, and the way it interacts with the land. During winter time in the UK the lack of light caused by cloud and mist, often combine to provide a colourless landscape.

10/10 because I cant see how it could be better without loosing something.

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In reply to Cytokine, Apr 25, 2012

Very nice image.

Maybe I have to calibrate my monitor, but water looks very green (on my LCD).

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nfpotter wrote:

It's a very good composition. The selective color ruins it for me.

I have the same impression - excellent image but the I'd prefer it without the selective colour. For example pure b&w or subtle green sepia applied to the whole image.

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In reply to Carl Ibbet, Apr 25, 2012

Very nice image...but I do think the sea is a little too green..and it looks like you've got some sort of processing artifacts in the clouds just above the sea on the left side of the shot.
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In reply to Carl Ibbet, Apr 25, 2012

Very well done. I like the way you've composed for depth - the rocks in the foreground, sea in the middle and rocks/lighthouse in the distance. Excellent composition.

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In reply to Hoss NY, Apr 26, 2012

I really like this too! Dramatic, colorful, foreground and forbearing background!

One small thing tho. I guess you've attempted to darken the sky because I find the transition between sky and the back rocks/lighthouse a bit hard.

I struggle with the same thing, to be honest, and I wish I knew how to unsharp just the transition in Lightroom.

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Carl Ibbet wrote:

This is a shot of Corbiere Lighthouse, Jersey, Channel Isles.
Shot with a d90 and Tamron lens 18-270mm. f16 - no tripod due to the wind!
cheers,
Carl

Nice spot. Thought I recognised it.

Your exif doesn't tell us much - the interesting parts are the actual focal length, shutter speed and iso. Though non of it is really that relevant other than pondering the hand holding ability.

Plus point - nice low angle, gives a feeling of contact and being there rather than a distant observer.

Lively conditions.

Not so plus points - I'll ignore the totally pointless and awful selective colour as commenting on that is fruitless.

Composition is very tight - I find it way too tight to the top, partly due to the closeness of the lighthouse, but mainly due to the fact we can't see the tops of the cloud formations - and that's an all important detail for this type of cloud.

The clouds look a bit flat and lifeless in your conversion.

But I'd also be tempted for a little more foreground detail. The water splashing up is the all important detail for me - I'd have taken several shots on location trying to time the 'perfect' splash.

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In reply to lemon_juice, Apr 26, 2012

It is an amazingly well composed shot, better than anything I could ever do. And as a result I feel the image is excellent

However had I the choice, I would do away the selective color, I don't like the effect in general and have not been impressed by any image that has color in just one area. Overall saturation changes from one color to another may look nicer, but having one color when all others are gone is not my cup of tea.

Personal preference only, I don't want to take away from your beautiful image.

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In reply to blue_cheese, Apr 26, 2012

I too think this is a pretty awesome composition.

I like the idea of the selective color. You managed to make water interesting when there's a lot going on to look at.

However, I think the problem is that the bright, sunny, colorful water doesn't really fit with the otherwise gloomy, imposing, harsh rocks, lighthouse, and sky.

I think you could probably keep it, but tweak it to get them a little closer together on one end of that spectrum.

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In reply to blue_cheese, Apr 26, 2012

Thanks guys - I appreciate your feedback on the selective colour. I just started messing around with it as i wanted to see how to use it in sliver Efex, but then liked how it looked on this particular image.
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In reply to Cytokine, Apr 26, 2012

Cytokine wrote:

I live next to the sea, and this photo really works for me, the composition is very, very good, the foreground and background add interest, but concentrate the eye on the many colours of the sea itself, and the way it interacts with the land. During winter time in the UK the lack of light caused by cloud and mist, often combine to provide a colourless landscape.

10/10 because I cant see how it could be better without loosing something.

John

John - I am so pleased you liked it this much, I know you cannot please all the people all the time and the selective colour element is very subjective, but I liked it on this shot. I appreciate your thoughtful comments and hope you get some colour on your landscapes very soon - (spring is on its way - honest!)
all the best,
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