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Great viewpoint Mal.
The central placement of the lighthouse works well in my opinion.
Good conversion as well.
Was it raining or did you add this pp?
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It was raining Bill and I wanted to capture it but it failed to show as I experienced it so I added the effect in Photoshop.
I like the picture very much. I think I would be ok without the rain effect added later.
Personally, I think the image is fantastic without the rain effect in PS - even though it's subtly done, it 'cheapens' it somehow for me. The wet sand ridges just invite the eyes to wander away into the distance until they reach the lighthouse, and then they go out sideways to see what else is around. Lovely processing, and really punchy tones without losing much in the way of atmosphere. Did you dodge the lighthouse itself a bit, or is that a shaft of sunlight on it?
Thank you Tanya for your view and I am not against it! I tend to avoid these types of effect myself generally but I thought it might provide some interesting talking points regarding how far to go with manipulation. I do of course have a 'straight' version without the rain - posted elsewhere. Oddly the 'with rain effect' garners more interest - but like you I prefer the the straight shot.
I did dodge the lighthouse a small amount but there was some light reflected off the sand giving some details in the shadows. I gave it a helping hand. The original shot is a three shot HDR but I blended these lightly as I find full HDR quite unnatural for most subjects and lighting conditions. The sky and sand details are pretty much as seen.
Thanks again for your input- it is really appreciated,
I agree it's a really effective and excellent image. It works with the rain effect and would without it.
I agree I don't think the rain effect is necessary as its an excellent shot and conversion. Personally I'd straighten the horizon and I might think about an upright letterbox crop of the middle third or so of the image.
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