Lighthouse from last weekend

Started Apr 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP Carl Ibbet Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Re: exif info

jkjond wrote:

Lets just say the selective colour didn't quite make it into my top 10.

Well anyone who liked your first shot should be blown away by these, or at least the first one. Great explosive feel, your timing looks spot on. If only the framing were that bit wider so that the base and left side were more in frame - the crop is taking too much away.

I know what you mean, but to be honest, that way took me by surprise and had me stepping back soon after i clicked, so I was not surprised I had not framed as well as i would have liked..

Processing - very difficult one. The current mood is good - the feeling of a bright windy day comes across very well. Do anything drastic and you risk losing that. If the shot were full of crashing wave, then you could be as bold as you like, but here the context of the lighthouse is way too important. Getting a bit of local contrast into the wave would be easy on a duplicate layer in photoshop, then subtly masked in - or an adjustment layer though I don't like using those. Too much contrast and it will be out of step with the rest of the image.

interesting thoughts...

Your processing appears a bit crude, there seem to be areas of overlap in contrast regions. That's OK while keeping things subtle, but go for higher contrast and steps will start to jump out. If you are using layers and masks, then use larger softer brushes to create masks and build them up gradually.

I'm an aperture man at the moment and use the sliders to gauge levels of application, rather than being able to use masks in photoshop, but i take your point and have often thought i need to slow down a little and not experiment quite so much/drastically so the effect is more subtle.

The second one is obviously nowhere near as dramatic. But what is does show is the benefit of holding the full cloud in shot. The picture feels so much more complete than your earlier post.

Thanks for the comments on my site. I can't remember if I have any Jersey pics on there, though there will be some on my blog site. I spent a few weeks on the island last year, though most of the time I was hard at work so didn't manage to do much photography. I really like the Lido at St Helier and ended up there rather a lot or just taking night shots on my walk back across the square in front of the Royal Yacht to my hotel (rather nice at the Pomme D'or this time!) - though I wish I'd had chance to see more of the island. I had a morning shoot out at Corbier, but it was also a very windy day yet I insisted on trying a 6 min exposure. Totally useless.

Some of my Jersey pics on flickr:

I checked out your flickr gallery and loved some of your compositions. You have a great eye! I also clearly have a lot to learn in terms of PP looking at your shots! If you are interested, I have a gallery called beautiful Jersey that you may like to check out at some point, you will see some of the places that you may not have seen in person, but must make an effort to come back and see at some point. The other interesting thing about this gallery is i think it demonstrates my progress a little since i took up photography 5 years ago roughly, the first shots being in 2007 and the last ones; the ones you just looked at from last weekend. I still have a long way to go, but I'm really enjoying the shooting. !i=222811644&k=tjrzB

take care and thanks again for the considered feedback.

Carpe diem, or Seize the day.. ...with a photo or two - there's no better way.

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